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        07-19-2013, 06:27 PM
    I hope you have a fairly large budget to get a horse that good. Out here a horse that fits the description you're looking for, would be around $8,000-10,000 but everything is pricey out here because we are on the back door of Spruce Meadows.
    I would suggest to look to see what is local to you and see what you can compromise on, because it's unlikely you will find a horse with everything on your list.
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        07-20-2013, 01:48 PM
    Andalusian/quarter horse? Forget what they call them.
        07-20-2013, 03:32 PM
    Standardbred, calm tempered, some are tall some are not, willing jumpers, often have some get up and go without the OMG run crazyness. I am bias and think they are the best. If you are state side look at the standardbred retirement foundation.
        07-20-2013, 04:46 PM
    Originally Posted by Vetgirl    
    First of all, sorry if this doesn't go here - I haven't used this very much.

    I have been riding for 6 years, but have never owned a horse. I am an advanced rider, I am into hunters/jumpers, and I have ridden many different breeds of horses, from QHs to Morabs. I want a breed that has some 'go' in it, but is easy to handle and won't bolt on me. I am also into breeds that are able to jump up to 3 feet or higher, as I currently am jumping around 2 feet. The breed must be not too tiny for a 150 lb person, but not to tall for kids/teens. It should usually have a good temperament, meaning around a 2 or 3, no more then a 5, if you rated it 1 the calmest, 10 the most temperamental. What are some breeds that meet these specifications? Also would want a horse that could be used for lessons if needed.
    Any, but the hot breeds or very large draft breeds will produce animals that meet those requirements as will a great many crosses. Most breeds will produce animals that are in the 15-16 hand range. 16 hands might be a bit for some kids although my 8 year old granddaughter has ridden my 16.1 mare.....she just can't mount from the ground without a leg up .
    I'd advise looking around and checking out a variety of horses that aren't hot or large. It's really going to be mostly about the horse than it is the breed. A breed can produce one horse that will jump over 3' with no training and another horse that won't want to jump 20". One horse that will stand it's ground with the first barking dog it encounters and other that will spook the first time it sees a chicken. A horse that when spooked will run 30 feet before it stops spooks and another that will run a 1/4 mile before it slows down.
    For no more than what you're looking for (which isn't a lot really) price will likely drive what you get more than breed.
    To narrow the list I'll go back to what I started with. Skip the hot breeds (Arabian, TB, etc....) and the very large draughts (Belgium, Shire, etc...). Not that you can't find a hot breed horse that's not "hot" or a draught breed horse that's light enough, but the odds are lower.
        07-20-2013, 05:14 PM
    Originally Posted by lightning    
    Andalusian/quarter horse? Forget what they call them.
    they call them the Azteca
        07-20-2013, 05:20 PM
    Originally Posted by Cat    
    How about a taller Haflinger?
    They make those in tall??? I thought they only came in short and fat??
        07-20-2013, 05:21 PM
    I knew a Hanoverian that was huge and as sweet as could be. He was an eventing horse until he broke his back leg, and after it healed he was still ridable. No jumping but dressage he was ok for.
        07-20-2013, 05:25 PM
    Originally Posted by lightning    
    Andalusian/quarter horse? Forget what they call them.
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        07-20-2013, 05:25 PM
    I vote warmblood.
    I like the spotted one's myself :)
        07-20-2013, 06:35 PM
    Originally Posted by CowboyBob    
    They make those in tall??? I thought they only came in short and fat??
    you better go and check out " Edelblut Haflinger" on YouTube ....short and fat.....pffffffft...

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