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post #1 of 8 Old 06-27-2014, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
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What Horse Breed Should I Get?

In a few years after I have at least a year's worth if lessons in I'd like to get a horse for trail riding and just fun but I may use it for Western Trail Class for 4-H as well. Anyway I just don't know what breed I should get. I love the look of Arabians, Andalusians, and Thoroughbreds but I know they all tend to be high strung and nit recommended for semi intermediate riders like myself. I would like a gentle horse that enjoys human companionship. When I get the horse I will probably get one in the 5-14 year range since I do NOT want a green broke horse.
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post #2 of 8 Old 06-27-2014, 01:35 PM
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I would look at horses based on their individual personality and not worry too much about the breed. A friend I know has 3 OTTBs and two are very laid back and easy going, and the other is a nut case that you couldn't pay me to ride

I'd also move your age range up a little bit. Many 5 year olds are still quite green, so I'd start at around 7 or 8 if this isn't what you're going for. At that age they're usually past all the silly young horse antics.
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post #3 of 8 Old 06-27-2014, 01:36 PM
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I wouldn't get too hung up on breeds, but rather, search for the criteria you mentioned- solid under saddle for your skill, calm. :)

That said, I'm partial to mo fox trotters!

There's also some good horses at rescue facilities.

Happy horse hunting!
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Breed doesn't matter at all. My first horse was Arab and was amazing for beginners that said some are high strung as well. This is due to personality NOT breed. If you narrow down to specific breeds or even sex or color then you're causing yourself to miss out on TONS of amazing horses. What you should be looking for instead is a been there done that experienced horse. Look for something with a good head who's sane and uses his thinking not his reactive side. QH and some draft breeds are known to be more calm and level headed but I've met hot headed QH too. I'm partial to my Arabs too Just dont discount a horse because of its breed. Judge the personality and temperament of each individual. And for age I'd go with at least 8. A lot of 5 year olds are pretty green still. Some breeds live 30+ years so even at 8-10 you still have many years together.
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Don't worry about breed, worry about the individual horse. I have known TB's and Arabs who are great for beginners and also known ones who aren't. Similarly, I know several draft crosses who are angels for people of all ages to learn on, but my mare takes an experienced rider.
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here's my "high strung TB"
(we do hunters, with hunter derbys being our end goal, but we dabble in western as well.)
(ignore my english apparel and me in general, I was riding my other mare english while my friend rode this mare and I hopped on for a quick ride hahaha)



My point being, don't get hung up on needing one breed or another. choose the horse that will work for you - the one you click with. Unless you are doing breed shows, if the horse preforms well for what you need, don't focus on breed so much but the individual horse.

edit: I do just want to add that I would NOT recommend a TB straight off the track and/or a greenie (no matter the breed) for anyone less than an experienced rider & handler, maybe intermediate depending on the individual horse and how closely you would work with a trainer. My mare was green-as-grass when I bought her, halter broke and maybe a couple times having someone on her back before I purchased. She knew next to nothing on the ground and under saddle. That being said, I am an experienced rider and got lucky with this mare being extremely docile from the first time I saw her to present.
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post #7 of 8 Old 06-27-2014, 08:02 PM
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I wouldn't be too worried about what breed you want, just look for a horse that suits you and your needs.

However saying that, I would recommend for a beginner to generally exclude TBs, there may be good ones out there but they are few and far between, and unless you're pretty experienced you're not going to be able to know if its a rare good one.

I've seen many great Arabs as kids horses, and first horses.

The things is though, the amount of money you'll pay for a beginner friendly random breed or TB is going to be a lot less than a beginner friendly Arab, which will again be a lot less than a beginner friendly Andalusian. Look for a horse that suits you, and if you have the financial ability to be super picky about breed or looks, then do so. But suitability of temperament, training and experience, as well as soundness, is the first priority always.
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post #8 of 8 Old 06-30-2014, 11:47 AM
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Don't get biased against a breed,I had a great TB who I could go six months without riding him and he wasn't problem. I agree go with older horse that has been there and done that.
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