Which breeds would be the most suitable for me?
Next year (I no, I no why ask now when I have another year to go) anyways towards the end of next year Im planning on getting a horse and I was wondering what type of horse breed would best suit me taking into consideration these points:
1. I have been riding for 9 years altogether (includes horse camps, trails etc) and taking jumping and dressage lessons for the past 3 and a half years.
2. I would be able to provide a stable and a paddock and would probably only stable the horse in either wet conditions and at night.
3. Would like to compete in show jumping classes
4. We go camping every year out in the country and the horse would have to stay in a yard at night as the camp site does not have stables. (Could this be a problem depending on the breed of horse)
5. Would need a horse between 15 - 17 hands.
This would be my first horse, What would you consider suitable.
I would say a nice warmblood cross if you can afford it. Emphasis on nice- don't buy a warmblood just because it is a warmblood.
Otherwise I personally like the heavy breed crosses, in particular the Clydesdale cross Thoroughbred, although I hear the Percheron cross is also very nice. They are generally versatile at English disciplines. They generally have good temperaments and are pretty and hold condition well.
Pretty much all horses can live out of stables. Depending on the weather they will need to be rugged.
I would concentrate on finding a horse that fits your needs and your temperment regardless of what breed it is. You could find a horse to fit your criteria in nearly every breed; Quarter horse, Thoroughbred, Warmblood, Morgan, Arab, etc, etc, etc. Most horses do well outside year around but some need to be rugged if they don't grow a heavy winter coat or if you plan to do a lot of showing.
I'd get a nice OTTB but you know I'm really biased xD.
Since this is your first horse and you want to do camping with it, I would start with a horse that is maybe 10 years old plus with trail miles and jumping show experience. It is difficult to pick a specific breed, especially with the criteria. A good camp horse would typically be a quarter horse, but they tend not to jump well. A good jumping show horse would be a thoroughbred or warmblood, but these tend to be on the hotter side and might not be the best for a first horse/camping. You should look at any horse that fits you the best regardless of breed, but I would look for an Appendix. I would suggest looking around on for sale horse sites, to develop your "taste". Here are some appendixes that look pretty close to what you are describing, but you know better than me as to what kind of horse you want.
Appendix Horse For Sale, Ontario (Canada), Windsor
Appendix Horse For Sale, Wisconsin, Minocqua
I'd say maybe a ThrourghbreedxQuarter Horse. I might be biased with the QH's, any horse I get must either be full or part. You could choose fomr alot of different horses though. I believe the breed doesn't matter as much as the horse.
Look at horses that fit your requirements rather than the breed. Unless you want a particular breed or want to do showing classes then it doesn't matter so long as the horse suits you.
Maybe an appaloosa or quarter horse may be a calm-for-the-most-part breed and can excel in a variety of disciplines. Or as someone mentioned a "good quality" draft cross can do well in different things.
I also agree with what smrobs and kentucky mentioned about many different horses can be found to do what you want as well as the lack or abundance of breeds depending on where you live.
Overall though, I don't think you even need to look for a specific BREED but search for the 'Individual Horse' that fits all your criteria. cus sometimes some individual horses in breed groups may or may not unexpectedly fit a criteria you desire.
i.e. Arabians are "known" to be high strung and pretty spookish and sensitive. (but not ALL are and a lot are great fr many different disciplines and trail riding).
Who knows too, maybe you will see a horse you like, and buy it and find that horse's breed (temperament too) works for you.
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