Horse breed for a small hunter/eq rider???
I am a hunter/equitation rider looking for a new horse after retiring my Appendix gelding. I love my Appendix, he is the loveliest horse, but we did not "fit" each other. He is MASSIVE (nearly 17 hands, very big boned) and I am very tiny (5'5, 102 pounds, but very long legs). But I was willing to look past the fact I looked like an ant on him because he had the sweetest temperament ever and he would've jumped the moon for me if he could. Now that I am looking for a new horse, though, I would like to try to find one with the same temperament but less bulky. I am a hunter/eq rider who shows around 3'-3'3 (sometimes around 3'6 during practice in the ring), but I also like to fox hunt and hack around the countryside. I have ridden/trained many of my trainer's warmbloods such as a few Hanoverians, a Dutch Warmblood, and a Mecklenburg and they have all been lovely, but same issue - many of them are massive and I look so tiny on them. I have recently been showing my trainer's Thoroughbred mare and she "fits" me well (around 15'3, slender build, great little athlete) but like many Thoroughbreds she is very flighty and spooks a lot. I have been riding for a number of years so I can deal with a tricky temperament, but her unpredictable nature makes me very nervous. So basically I am looking for a smaller Warmblood-type horse with a good temperament. I have done some research and I like the Selle Francais and Trekehner and I would be open to some TB crosses as well, but I thought I would see if anyone had any more ideas! Thanks!
They might not be the most popular choice, but a nice QH could work. My lease horse is a 15.2hh QH gelding and although he's a teensy bit small for me (I'm around 5'7"), he is really versatile. He has nice form over jumps and is really the perfect hunter horse.. even though I truly, honestly think he'd excel more in Western Pleasure.. although one girl wants him for gaming, haha. He's a big love bug though.. he adores everyone, which is another reason I almost want a "one person horse".
I think a nice, versatile QH could do the trick.. plus they'd be easier to find in your size limit.
Have you ever considered a warmblood/welsh cross?
Oh but yes, thumbs up for quarter horses. I'm almost 5 10 and I ride quarter horses. I think they would fit you well. And they are more predictable, confident, sturdy, not usually flighty (I'm sure there are some flighty QHs out there, but as a whole, they are very sure and easy to confide in).
Hm strangely I never really thought of getting a pure quarter horse! But I would definitely be open to that. I have met many athletic and sweet quarter horses so I will definitely keep that in mind. I like the idea of a Welsh/TB cross, too. I do love the dainty build of both breeds (and I learned to ride on a Welsh, so I have a soft spot for them), but would the Welsh component make them TOO small? I definitely need a horse over 15'1 hands. Does anyone know of any smaller Warmblood breeds, as well?
Like I said, though, breed doesn't really matter to me. I am simply looking for a sweet, athletic horse and I am open to all suggestions.
I have seen a lot of Arabs that totally take care of their riders, I've also seen a lot of paint Arab crosses that do the same...
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Arabians are good.
While TB's CAN be flighty, I will tell you there are a lot out there that are NOT that way. Basing a breed off one horse isn't really a good way to judge the breed. I know lots of TB's that are perfect gentlemen/ladies and wouldn't spook at nearly anything. Every horse has a little spook in them :)
I also concur with the QH idea. There are some that can be built very TB like. Actually, TB/QH crosses would be something for you to look for. TB body and QH mind. Try that :) I have one that is the best horse out there!
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