Whats the best way to get started in a new breed?
Most of my riding experience has been with quarter horses (and other stock type breeds). Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the breed, but I think it might be fun to try something new. I'm planning on buying a horse in the next year or so (pending graduation and securing a stable job) so I figure now's the time to do it. So guess my question is, how do find out what the right breed is for me? What kind of things should I consider while shopping? What first attracted you to your breed of choice?
Personality, not breed, is important :)
Some things to concider might be; do you want to gait? Because that is really limited to certain breeds.
Other than that, what do you want to use your horse for? Trails, dressage, reining etc? It might be good to get a breed recognized for what youwant it to do, especially if you want to show. But it's also down to personality, not all warmbloods are great at dressage etc.
When you have that clear, what looks do you like? Stocky? Lean? Tall? ''noble'' or more pony-ish? Cn you find a breed that both works for your interests and seems to have your liking of temperament etc, and that looks good?
When you're down to that, try them, ride a few of each breed, feel the similarities and diferenses.
And then you might wantto concider how much you can afford and what horses are available in your area.
As for Crow, I bought him since dads horse needed company, and he was cheap. Not my favorite choice then as I'd prefer a slightly heavier horse, but standies wasn't too far off the list either since I love their willingness and minds. I don't think a draft would have een as good for me as I imagined then.
I bought Solon on impulse at an auktion fior negleted icelandics, but icies are also a fave breed of mine; small, strong, gaited and usually with a lot of go without being nervous.
Dad wanted a north swedish draft as he's more into driving and remembers the old days on the farm :P
I agree. I would first decide what it is that you want to do with your horse. Some breeds are just naturally better at certain things than others, although at lower levels you can do most things with any breed. I would do some research on breeds that you think you might be interested in and I would try to ride as many as you can? Do you belong to a barn, have a trainer? My trainer has school horses and ponies in all different sizes, temperaments and breeds. It's a good way to become a better rider, and decide what you might want to look at for a purchase.
The both are very good. Do research on the breeds. Pick a breed that has personality traits you like. For example, Do like a horse that is very high-spirited? Or maybe more relaxed? On the short side, or tall?
Discipline also depends on some breeds.
Personally, I would choose a discipline first (for me, western riding in general) from there, color, breed aren't important. I look for personality. It's best to get a horse that has a personality similar to yours. If you are lazy, get a lazy horse that doesn't have to be kept in shape every day. If you like to 'go-go-go' get a horse that always has spunk and energy =] If you can't devote that much time, get a well broke, older, easy keep horse. If you have time to devote 'how ever long it takes' you have more options there.
I caution you however, don't pick a horse until you are absolutely sure that is what you want. I made the mistake. I am in this hole right now. I saw him online, located 10 minutes away. I drove out to see him, gave it a few days, then decided to buy him. I rode him three times, did great. he is green broke, but he did so good right? WRONG. The last time I rode him, he reared on me. I was unprepared. Yes, he had a personality I liked, he was an Appy, another plus, but, I thought I could handle him, and I can't. Luckily, I only put a down payment on him, so I'm going to cancel the contract. But don't let people pressure you, like they did me. They said 'well, if you haven't decided in two days, we will sell him to the other person coming to see him'. So I made a quick desicion. The first two times i rode him, were in a round pen. The third time, the man was with me. When he acted up, I was alone. Just be cautious =]
Mostly I just want something I can play with. Something that can go from english to western, and something that's prefferably close to the ground so I don't have as far to fall :wink:
That's good advice on the personalities, and not rushing into buying something. After we had to put my first horse down (he was a saintly old ranch horse) I talked my parents into getting a 4 year old grade mare. She was way too much horse for me at the time and we didn't get along at all. We ended up selling her to another girl at my barn. After that my parents gave up on the horse buying :cry:
So yeah its a good thing to keep in mind. Perhaps I should take someone shopping with me to remind me to take my time :P
Yes, always take a freind! My mother-in-law to be, lol, its the biggest Appy lover!! But when she goes to look for horses, she always takes someone with her who can point out the 'bad' things as, her quote "It's an appaloosa! I wouldn't notice if it only had three legs!"
Look up different breed association websites. I am not sure about other breeds but I would assume that their association website would be similar to that of others in the way of search features. For example, go to www.asha.net , and on the left you will see a little search form. Select the stable feature, enter your state, and then likely you will have to resubmit your state or zip code on the page it takes you to. When you submit your location, it will pull up a list of farms in your state. The next step is to contact those you are interested in and see if you can schedule a day to come out and check them out.
The best way to learn about other breeds is to visit people who have the breeds you are interested in. Visit barns, meet the horses, meet the people, TRY the horses, go to events, and then make your decision.
Since you are in Kentucky, if you ever wanted to meet some nice Saddlebreds, come out to my farm. Visitors are ALWAYS welcome. I also know many MANY Saddlebred people in the entire state(if you are not in my area) to set you up with a few farm tours.
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