What is the best breed for Western Pleasure?
I have been riding Western Pleasure for 5 and half years and I am considering buying a horse. I am wondering what breed is the best for me. So please give me your best answer!!:mrgreen:
I'm no expert whatsoever but I've always loved Quarter Horses for WP :) Just my opinion. I also like Arabs (with that one I'm biased though, as my horse is an Arab lol). I believe that any horse is capable of it though if they're trained well :)
In my personal opinion, there isn't a particular breed that's "best" as a Western Pleasure mount. You could take many breeds and transform them into the perfect pleasure horse; I've seen Anglo-Arabians, Shires, Clydesdales, Percherons, Paints, Standardbreds - the list goes on! Many breeds may not initially seem like trail horses, and yet they are often the best ones.
With that said, many go for Quarter Horses. They have good stamina, and yet possess the muscle for quick spurts of speed when you come across that perfect gallop spot - but, they're not endurance horses, such as many finer-boned breeds. It depends on the sort of riding you're interested in doing.
Keeping all of the above in mind, I think the most important thing to look at is personality. Is the horse seasoned in trails? Will they bolt if a man walking his dog turns out and onto the trail? I'd be open-minded when searching, and definitely stay away from breed stereotypes; I know some people are terrified of Thoroughbreds because they are classified as anxious, high-strung animals when they, too, can make wonderful pleasure mounts!
I hope you find the horse perfect for you!
What level are you looking at to show in?
If you are planning to show in a breed organization that would tell you what you need to know right there. If you are going to be doing open shows, then I would look for a well-broke, seasoned pleasure horse and pay less attention to the breed. I would not recommend a draft horse or anything like that. I'm not sure why SeemsLegit is going on about trail horses unless you have another thread talking about a horse for trail riding.
The best horses for western pleasure are the ones that are bred for it and trained for it, typically. Find a trainer and they can help find you a horse.
Oh, poo. Ignore me. I associate Western Pleasure with being non-competing, and often forget you can actually show in the class.. I have a great habit of making a fool of myself on this forum, it seems!
Thank you for your input! I have ridden quarter horses mostly through my experience, however my friends own a white thoroughbred and I have ridden him Western and English, and he is just the sweetest, smoothest creature. I don't mind your bias toward Arabs, (Cheyennes Mom) for I have a thing for that beautiful breed as well.....
They aren't meant to be western pleasure horses. Hitch type drafts in particular are meant to have knee action. They don't typically move very nicely. If you want to be competitive in a class, and have the possibility of moving up to a higher level, then select a horse that is bred and trained for that event.
If you want to bomb around, then whatever.
I can think of a few breeds which have high knee action normally and I agree, they would probably not often be used in WP. But there are a whole lot of breeds from which the OP could choose, which could be and are, seen in WP classes.
If you are showing open shows against all other breeds, a stock breed is your best bet, meaning quarter horses, paints. I do love an Arab for WP but unfortunately some judges are biased, I so hate that!
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