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xkatex 10-17-2008 12:06 PM

Purchasing A Western Horse
I apologize in advance if this is the wrong section to post in.

I am currently an english rider but have decided on the possiblitly to switch into western riding. I am posting here to simple ask...what aspects, both physically and mentally do YOU (as western riders) look for SPECIFCALLY in western horses. Is it the same as in english or is their other physical and mental aspects you look for. Any help would be much appreciated.


Painted Ride 10-17-2008 12:20 PM

it depends on what type of western ridding you plan to do. ie..pleasure, barrels, roping, reining, cuttting, horsemanship, the list goes on..

xkatex 10-17-2008 12:26 PM


Painted Ride 10-17-2008 12:48 PM

calm, nice mover...i will up load pics. this horse had ideal confirmation. is what it shoild look like. here is english pleasure!!! this horse's nose is a little too far out.

Painted Ride 10-17-2008 12:50 PM

Painted Ride 10-17-2008 01:03 PM

iridehorses 10-17-2008 01:53 PM

tbenitez did a good job in pointing out the right characteristics in a Pleasure horse.

(except for the 7th day - He really stopped at 6 days)

xkatex 10-17-2008 01:57 PM

Do you think it would be possible at all the summerize in words what to look for pertaining to the photos (conformation wise eg. topline, neck to body ratio etc.)?

Thanks you =)

Painted Ride 10-17-2008 02:25 PM

you want a "balanced" horse. nothing too tall nothing too short. 15.2hh---16hh is a good highth. you wo not want them super muscled like a halter stallion..or like a hypp positive horse. tbs are too tall and too skinny(athletic). in the pleasure world tb's are considered skinny. if a horse is gaited they usually will not place in a pleasure class. there are the judges who prefer an "arabian pleasure" horse. i would go with true paint horses, qh, appys,. stay away from gaited, or racey breeds and arabs. arabs do not carry their heads properly too much of an arch in their necks. arabs have their own type of pleasure. you want something that's whole body is equal ie...head is that same length as neck, neck as long as barrel, and so on. a well balanced horse thats not gaited will/should do fine. the pics tha i posted are perfect examples of pleasure horses. slow motion, level headed, quiet horses. if i can think of more i will post.

farmpony84 10-17-2008 04:24 PM

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Since you are an english rider to start. I would actually look for a horse that can do both. An all-around prospect would be your best bet. What is "in style" right now are the long legged ones. You want a good mover and you want them to naturally carry their heads low, which means you'll want to pay attention to where the neck attaches to the body... You know? Some horses are set higher up then others... I'm not a very good conformation person....

This pic is from Ri's first show. He would be considered an all around. because of his way of moving... (he's only 2 so he's by no means finished).

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