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MisssMarie 09-05-2012 12:26 AM

What breed is right for me?
 
So, things have officially come together enough for me to get a horse. Now, the dilemma. What horse to get? A long time back, I posted so many threads going back and forth on what to get, now I'm going to do a poll! Please let me know what you picked and why? And if you picked other, what would you select?

Here's some info about me:
6ft tall, heavier rider, long legs, wants to show but in nothing particular, ride western, English doesn't feel practical to me (cowgirl at heart)

Here's what I'm looking for:
A good old trail horse, one who can also be used for carts, and general showing. Working cattle would be a plus.

My Dilemma:
I love both Quarter horses, and Shires. Quarter horse might be the better choice for the long term, but can I really find one tall enough and with good bone structure for a heavy rider? Also, what about driving a cart? A Shire horse is perfect - for now. In the future, I'd love to work cattle, which isn't what a shire is made for. But, they have the strength and height and can pull a cart!

Creampuff 09-05-2012 12:41 AM

Where I work we have two large-build Tennessee Walking horse geldings who are fantastic animals. One is about 15.3 and the other 16.1, both around 1200 pounds each. The larger one took to Western events like a "boss," and the shorter one will do them but doesn't enjoy them.

Quarter horses are also great 'starter' horses (but then again, there are "bad road apples" no matter where you go), but like you said finding them larger is a problem...

My vet recommends the rider's weight (plus tack) be no more than 20% of the horse's body weight. So while a horse may be 15.2, you may have something that works!

MisssMarie 09-05-2012 12:47 AM

Basically, I need a horse about 1250lbs according to that
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Creampuff 09-05-2012 12:51 AM

We have one Quarter horse (he's grade) who is 1,260-something.

Have you considered a cross? They're popular. We have an Appy/Draft (not sure what type) cross that we also use for heavier riders.

MisssMarie 09-05-2012 12:54 AM

I know, this is going to sound bad, but I typically prefer PBs. Mainly because I like being able to see their ancestors and all that. Just a preference, I have nothing against crosses
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Creampuff 09-05-2012 12:56 AM

Nothing wrong with that!

Chiilaa 09-05-2012 01:03 AM

Pick a horse based on their temperament and conformation that suits what you want it to do. Horses vary massively in temperament in the same breed, it is not a guarantee that the horse is going to be suitable for what you want it to do.

MisssMarie 09-05-2012 01:41 AM

Breed will just Give me a basis for what to look for. Then temperament
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WickedNag 09-05-2012 06:55 AM

Many quarter horses will weigh in at 1250lbs. I am not really sure about the strength of a draft horse's back. They were bred more to pull not carry so please check in to that.

Saskia 09-05-2012 09:21 AM

I don't think a Shire would be suitable.

The 20% rule isn't hard and fast because not all horses are all built the same. People use it as a guide line but the best thing to do is find a horse that is well built to carry weight. Shire's are not designed to be weight bearers even though they are heavy. Their strength is in pulling.

Quarter Horses, on the other hand, are designed to carry riders, and often heavier ones too, and they traditionally carry men. They're also purpose bred riding horses, instead of the Shire which hasn't really been bred as a riding horse for a while.

You could also consider a cross breed, as mentioned before. There are some really nice ones around.


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