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        10-15-2013, 10:23 AM
    Finding a horse that matches my personality would be awful! I am a slow going laid back type, who doesn't get in a hurry for anything. If I had a horse like that, where I constantly had to be after them to keep them going I would likely sell it.
    I don't want a push button horse or a horse that will babysit me. Very rarely do I ride that there isnt a job to do, even when we are out trail riding, and I want my horse to be much more forward and ambitious than I am.

    Im certain that my high energy parents would have culled my given the opportunity.......

    My prefrence is to have to hold one back rather than have to push it forward.

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        10-15-2013, 12:30 PM
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    Originally Posted by ErinaStars    
    I don't really know how to phrase the question but...if you were buying a horse would you get a horse with your type character?
    Such as:
    Meek, gentle, wild, challenging ect...ect...

    Is it better for you if you pick a horse that kinda matches your own character?

    Thanks all!
    Yes, yes ad yes, unless you're a person who wears a "No Fear" T-shirt and means it.

    My 16.1H fella should have been named "The Intimidator" because that is what he delights in. He's been with me 17 of his 19 years because of that teenie-weenie personality quirk of his

    I know 30 year riders who are meek and easily intimidated that this horse would own before they got out the driveway.

    Conversely, I have put barely intermediate level riders on him that can back that "No fear" on their T-shirt and he listened beautifully to them.

    I spent a lot of my adult years re-schooling horses that ended up with the wrong personality for an owner.

    You are wise to ask the question and even more wise to take heed
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        10-15-2013, 12:38 PM
    I am currently on the market for a horse that is easy going, affectionate and brave.
    I am finding quite a few older lesson horses that match this description very well. I just have to make a decision to find one that just "clicks" with me better. :)
        10-15-2013, 01:39 PM
    I have one horse who is incredibly stubborn, arena sour, shuts down and then explodes and doesn't mesh with my personality at all. Riding him makes me feel bad because I know I'm not a gung-ho, aggressive drill sargent rider like he needs.

    However, as a calm, quiet, assertive rider, I've realized that I work really well with the nervous and sensitive horses.
    Getting the right type of horse for your personality, as well as riding style is very important.
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        10-15-2013, 02:19 PM
    So what horse would y’all suggest I get?
    My type of character is:
    Stubborn(“sometimes” ok? Lol), willing to learn, needs to be more authoritative(I’m working on that), kind of quite and shy(*smile*), enjoys a challenge once in awhile, I can get frustrated sometimes for small things(working on that too!). I can go on but I’ll stop there!

        10-15-2013, 02:52 PM
    I think you need something more laid back, but has a motor when you need it. Something that listens well but has enough get up and go to keep you paying attention.
        10-15-2013, 04:31 PM
    I think this is very interesting and make a difference.

    I am very serious and "A type" and get along best with very serious "A type" horses. I don't really like horses that are goofy. But I know a lot of people do. I also don't usually like mares or horses that are vain.

    My mom is very easy going and her horse is a clown their personalities mesh perfectly.
        10-15-2013, 04:54 PM
    I would stay away from stallions especially if you describe yourself as "green" - stallions are rarely a good match for unexperienced handlers/riders. I won't go near any stallions; and I'm not completely green.

    Also, the type of horse you're shopping for should also depend on what riding discipline you are pursuing...for example, if you are planning on becoming a jokey, a TB would be a better fit than a Gypsy Vanner horse :)

    If you're green and don't want to turn black and blue, you would want to look for a "bombproof" horse. Perhaps a retired school master?
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        10-15-2013, 05:58 PM
    I agree with the above. You sound very inexperienced, I really don't think you need to be messing with a stallion, certain ones can be very unpredictable at times...
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        10-15-2013, 06:03 PM
    Originally Posted by xlionesss    
    I agree with the above. You sound very inexperienced, I really don't think you need to be messing with a stallion, certain ones can be very unpredictable at times...
    u can always geld a stallion tho...

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