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    06-12-2010, 11:40 AM
What type of horse is right for me?

My name is Hanna and I am 11 years old. I have been riding on and off since I was about 7. So, I usually ride twice a month. I take horse camp in the summer. I can walk, trot (posting), kind of do the sitting trot, canter, trotting poles, dressage, and maybe jump 1/2 foot. So, I'm not an expert. At all. But that doesn't let me down. I would someday love to own a horse farm and be a professional rider. Does anybody have any ideas as to what breed, age, gender, and temperament horse would be right for me? (not that I am buying a horse soon, my parents would never let me till I am older.)
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    06-12-2010, 12:16 PM
Hmm. Well for a first horse depending on your height {i know a really tall 12 year old} I'd recommend a Welsh Pony, or Welsh Cross. Oh oh oh! Go for a Fjord. Not jsut saying this cause I own one but they are amazing. Calm personalities. My friends is really calm too. You'd be best to go with a gelding, probably at least 6 or 7, i'd recommend 10 years old. Definitely a calmer horse as your still learning. If your not buying one now and you keep riding when your ready to get a horse you could even go for warmbloods, thoroughbreds and arabians.

Now even though I said welshes and fjords any horse breed is good. Een some TB's are calm enough for beginners. {had to put that in in case other people got mad}
    06-12-2010, 05:58 PM
If you want a smaller horse, I'd suggest a haflinger. If you are looking for a full size horse, it's hard to go wrong with a quarter horse or a morgan. Both are very versatile and well known for their great personalities. I would do some research though. In any breed, some bloodlines are going to be bred to be a little "hotter" than others. And don't shy a way from cross breeds. One of the loveliest horses I have ever had the pleasure to know was a morgan/QH cross. The best horse I have ever owned in my life was a grade mare. I have no idea what her breeding was, but she was one of those rare finds that don't come along every day!

I would look for a horse that is between 8-14 years old. I know most people like geldings but I love a mare just as much as a gelding. Just do lots and lots of research and be very careful to choose a horse that you feel suits you. Spend lots of time riding it and handling it before you decide to buy.
    06-12-2010, 06:33 PM
Green Broke
Welsh ponies, Haflingers, and Fjords are all wonderful suggestions. All three are know for being calm and easy to work with. I would also like to add a Quarter Pony to the list. Lovely horses; you can do almost anything with them! They are just like a regular Quarter Horse, only they average around 13.2 hands high.

As far as mares and geldings, I wouldn't worry. It's a personal thing. I prefer mares, but many people like geldings better. Get a good, sane, experienced horse. The gender doesn't matter very much after that.

Remember to research! Get some books, magazines, or search the net. Before you get a horse, know everything you can about the particular breed and horses themselves. When I was your age, I was always begging my dad to get my the next issue of Young Rider. It's very informative and always has something interesting in it.
    06-12-2010, 09:45 PM
Thank-you everybody!
    06-12-2010, 09:47 PM
Originally Posted by Brighteyes    

Remember to research! Get some books, magazines, or search the net. Before you get a horse, know everything you can about the particular breed and horses themselves. When I was your age, I was always begging my dad to get my the next issue of Young Rider. It's very informative and always has something interesting in it.
I love Young Rider! Yes, it is very informative. I always read it and definitely learn a lot!
    06-12-2010, 11:26 PM
I wouldn't reccomend a haflinger...ours and another that I met at a show were both very rude and pushy.
    06-13-2010, 04:05 PM
There's always going to be examples of any breed that aren't going to fit with a new horse owner. I know of quarter horses I wouldn't let anyone but very experienced riders handle. The 2 haflingers I've personally ridden and worked with have been extremely sweet and willing horses.

At the end of the day, that's why its most important to pick a horse as an individual, regardless of breed! For the most part, I wouldn't recommend a thoroughbred to a new owner, but there are a lot of easy going, quiet thoroughbreds out there who are beginner safe!

So to the original poster, take your time and learn all about all kinds of horse breeds, and pick a couple you think overall would satisfy what you are looking for in a horse. Then be very, very particular in choosing a quiet, safe horse. And if you happen to find one that is of another breed than you intended, then go with it! Choose the horse, not the breed!
    06-13-2010, 11:55 PM
Green Broke
Neither of my haflingers are rude or pushy.

Typically that is a problem when people don't set boundaries for their horses - of any breed. Haflingers tend to be "so cute" and they are smaller than a normal horse so people seem to let them get away with more than they would a larger horse. This leads to problems sooner or later.
    06-14-2010, 10:16 PM
We bought my sister a Connemara pony for her first "horse". We love this mare to bit and put young kids on her bc she is bombproof. My tb is a sane but high energy horse that I would no recommend for a beginner. But in his younger days my 6y/o friend rode him a lot for me

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