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post #11 of 39 Old 04-25-2017, 08:49 AM
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16+ definitely narrows your options, but I say check out some TB's. Not all OTTB's are hot-headed, some raced longer than others etc. so I wouldn't take them out of the equation completely. :) But if you really don't want an OTTB, a TB that has never been on the track would be okay too.
It does really depend on the individual horse though, their temperament etc. Take a look at a few different ones, and you are bound to find what you like!
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post #12 of 39 Old 04-25-2017, 08:57 AM
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The best all around horse is the one that is well-trained, level-headed, and willing. :)
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post #13 of 39 Old 04-25-2017, 11:34 AM Thread Starter
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Thank y'all for your replies!

@HarleyClown - My cousin used to have a Percheron cross and she loved him :) They are lovely! I will definitely consider it!

@LoveGus - What do you mean about grades?

@RedDunPaint - I was definitely playing with the idea of getting a QH, but I'm sort of at a cross roads of wanting something more draughty or built more uphill. I really love the breed and they would definitely fun to have!

@ApuetsoT - I was thinking about the appendixes because it's sort of the mix of the two worlds I am trying to combine, I was just wondering what type of personality/ temperament and potential was like.

@arabianrider00 - Wow that's really interesting! I did not know there were variances like that in the breed! And Anglos sound like a handful haha!

@Yogiwick - I totally understand what you mean about the thoroughbreds, and I have ridden my fair share of them, I think some turn out to be wonderful horses! But many of them I feel like are very headstrong and will do a lot of dumb things and put up fights LOL though I know there are exceptions! And I am unsure what you mean about grades. Horses Below 15.3 hh tend to be a bit small for my long legs unfortunately!

@Jan1975 - Yeah I really enjoy Thoroughbreds! My best friends owns two rescued OTTBS and we are training them together. They are quite the handful, even the 24 year old is incredibly hot!

@egrogan - Morgans were my childhood favorite breed! Unfortunately that dream went away when I realized I was to long legged to ride horses below 14.3 hands. when I was around 10 haha!

@PoptartShop - I totally agree some are wonderful horses!

@Acadianartist - Very true!
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post #14 of 39 Old 04-25-2017, 11:50 AM
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@LoveGus - What do you mean about grades?

Nothing special type horse (meaning no pedigree). One of the best horses I've ridden was one with unknown breeding. She could do it all, point her at a jump and she'd go over it. Need to go across a stream she'd go through and play a little in the water.

Though if I'd have to say a breed I'd say Morgan but they typically aren't 16 hands.
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post #15 of 39 Old 04-25-2017, 11:53 AM
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Lots of good suggestions so far! I would suggest a draft cross (I'm biased of course). In my experience they are pretty level-headed and reliable, but have the athleticism for jumping, etc. Mine is a Shire/TB and I do a little bit of everything with him (focusing on dressage atm). He's only 15.3 (small sire) but he's stocky and takes up my leg so even though I'm tall (5'11") I don't feel too big on him. So there are ways around the "needs to be 16+" part.

I think once you start shopping for real you'll probably want to see a lot of different horses and try out many so you can find the right match - it could be something completely different than what you think it will be!
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@LoveGus - I see what you mean, I would not mind getting a horse without a pedigree, as long as they would be what i am looking for :)

@NavigatorsMom - I definitely agree! I ride a lot of OTTB and warmbloods, and usually they are quite narrow so I just went by that rule of thumb! What draughts do you recommend? I really love irish draughts, but I know there are so many out there!
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post #17 of 39 Old 04-25-2017, 05:26 PM
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@LoveGus - I see what you mean, I would not mind getting a horse without a pedigree, as long as they would be what i am looking for :)

@NavigatorsMom - I definitely agree! I ride a lot of OTTB and warmbloods, and usually they are quite narrow so I just went by that rule of thumb! What draughts do you recommend? I really love irish draughts, but I know there are so many out there!
I only have experience with Shire/TB crosses and I think they're great! We have three at my barn and they all hover between 15.3-16 hands, so not super tall, but they're really versatile and all very calm and not easily worried (except by cows, oddly enough). But I've heard that sometimes Clydesdale crosses might be a little leggier so if you're wanting a taller cross maybe one of those? I guess it all depends on the sire/dam, I have a feeling my guy would be taller if his sire hadn't been on the smaller side.
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post #18 of 39 Old 04-26-2017, 08:14 AM
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As a breed, you should look for Thoroughbreds, but in general look for a horse that pleases you and fills the criteria. You might find some nice cross, for example Arabian Warmblood.
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post #19 of 39 Old 04-26-2017, 10:33 AM
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I would not recommend a TB, especially an OTTB, unless they have already been fully retrained and are already what you want. TBs are different creatures and people don't realize that until after they have a dragon on their hands.
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post #20 of 39 Old 04-26-2017, 11:36 AM
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I'm a big fan of Standardbreds. I have 2...one is a pasture pet and the other is my riding horse. He was very easy to train under saddle...they are (for the most part) level headed and sane horses. They can be easy keepers and have more 'bone' than your typical TB. They also come in a variety of sizes...from 14hh to over 17hh. My riding horse is 15.3 and my pasture pet is 16hh.

I've done a ton of things with my riding horse - jumping, dressage, mountain rides, kids rides. He's a great all-around horse. Probably wouldn't really excel at anything, but he's willing to try almost anything.

But I also agree that there are many wonderful horses of any breed - so it would come down to temperament and willingness of the individual horse before anything else.
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