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        12-12-2013, 04:21 AM
      #11
    Foal
    If you want an Arab or an Arab cross, then go for it. Just be sure you use common sense and buy something that is trained that can teach you. I know you said you have been taking lessons for a year, but that really doesn't mean a whole lot, when you find the right horse that can put you where you need to be the breed doesn't matter. As it has been said find a horse that is trained for what you want to do and that is no younger then 7 or 8 and you will do fine.
         
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        12-12-2013, 03:53 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    Choose by character, not breed. Try out as many different horses as possible. Also, make sure you know what type of ride you prefer. I prefer a more spirited animal, while others find a spirited horse alarming. My first horse is an Arabian, BUT I have LOT of experience, especially with this horse. He is pushy, dominate, hot as hell and can be a living nightmare for 90% of people (hence why he has had so any owners). I however click with him and he respects me. While he is in no way a begginers horse, my friends Arab mare taught her how to ride hunter/jumper when my friend was six. It really depends on the horse, your level of experience, your personality and preference. And the most important rule of all is DON'T RUSH when buying.
         
        12-12-2013, 04:50 PM
      #13
    Started
    My arab has calmed down a lot in the last two years. She went from advanced rider only at 14 to confident intermediate at 16. By the time she hits 20 she might be nearing beginner level.

    I've heard a lot of people say qh are the best, but one of my favorite horses to ride is a qh, and she would KILL anyone less than experienced. So quick she can slip right out from under you.

    As was mentioned repeatedly, look for traits, not breed. It also depends on what type of a rider you are. I'm pretty black and white and assertive, I also learn quick and get bored easily. A more opinionated horse keeps me interested and learning. I also like a very forward horse. A very quiet, dull, push button type(what most people want for beginners) has always bored me to death, even as a kid.

    I will highly recommend you look for an older horse though, 10+, with years of riding time.
         
        12-12-2013, 06:13 PM
      #14
    Started
    I love standardbreds and think they can be amazing first horses. That said, I have owned two arabians in my life. The first one I did not gel with at all. She was flighty and sensitive (not my cup of tea). I got a second arabian and she was the best horse. She LOVED to jump but was as level headed as they come. She had gone through a pony club or two and knew that when her owner was off balance to stop. The pony clubbers go so annoyed because they could not do an emergency dismount. The mare would stop as soon as they were off balance. Its all about the individual.
         
        12-12-2013, 06:17 PM
      #15
    Foal
    I have an Arab. She is great. She was never finished, but I think if she had been schooled more, she would have been a great beginner horse now. She's gentle with beginners, she just doesn't know much. If you're interested in jumping, maybe you could find a horse experienced in that area, that knows its job and can help you learn.

    I'm sure you could find a middle-aged Arab with a good temperament. They are smart as whips, so if you find one with a good heart, I'm sure you both will have a blast together. Good luck in your search!
         
        12-13-2013, 09:25 PM
      #16
    Foal
    I have two Arabians and would classify myself as a beginner even though I started riding at age six. (Ridden off and on) It really depends on what you like...if you want a smart mount go for it. I've never once felt like I couldn't handle them, though they DO have lots of energy and ask lots of questions. They are very gentle and kind. :) If you aren't an engaged rider though they'll probably make you miserable.
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        12-15-2013, 10:43 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    The one thing I would recommend to think about is to get a horse whose gaits are as smooth as possible. This really helps with the balance issue most beginners have Quarter horses are great for this, I don't know about arabs. You probably want to stay away from the huge striding warm bloods and Tbs at this stage
         
        12-15-2013, 11:33 PM
      #18
    Weanling
    I agree with everyone, just look around for the horse that fits you the best, no matter what breed it is. Before I bought my horse, I was so sure that I wanted a quarter horse. I liked their stockiness, their dependability, their level minds... I looked at quite a few, and while I liked the way they looked, I wasn't falling in love with any of them. Then, one day, I found an ad for a gelding that sounded like the perfect horse, I just had to see him for myself. Two and a half years later, here we are! I couldn't be more happy with my fine boned, spirited, independent thinking thoroughbred.

    On a side note, the horse that I took my beginner riding lessons on when I was 8 years old was a 14 year old Arabian gelding, and one of the best lesson horses at the barn I board at now is a 16 year old Polish Arab mare. I don't think you have to count them out just yet. Just look for older horses (10+) that are healthy and sound enough to jump. They are typically a hearty breed. As mentioned before, if they stay fit, they can perform for a long time.
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        12-16-2013, 05:38 AM
      #19
    Weanling
    I agree with the others there no best beginner breeds but if I was to choose it would be a Standardbred or Welsh (x).
    And I would look for at least a ten year old because they have more experience.
    But that's my personal opinion.
         
        12-16-2013, 10:19 AM
      #20
    Green Broke
    It's all about the individual.

    That said, there /are/ certain breeds with particular tendencies. It's true that lots of Arabs tend to be on the hotter side. That said, don't rule them out completely.
    I would take more into account what you're looking to do with the horse. Are you wanting to show? In a discipline in particular?
    If so, that's something to take into account.

    Quarter Horses tend to make nice first horses, and are usually forgiving (again, each horse is an individual).
    Age is another big factor. I wouldn't suggest getting something younger than 8. You want something that will take novice mistakes instead of picking up bad habits or exploding to them.
         

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