Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
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.