Ideal Breed for Me
I'm a still a ways off from being in a position to buy my own horse, but lately I've been starting to plan. I've been assembling different attributes I'd like in a horse, what I'm planning to do with them etc, but haven't been able to come up with many breeds that really suit what I want. So I thought I'd put it out to the community, even if it's just as a theoretical exercise.
So here's a list of what I'm looking for - obviously I'm not expecting to find something that perfectly matches all of these.
- Light cross country - never planning on showing, just want a horse that can take me over a few low fences on trails.
- Decent stamina - nothing wild like arabians, just enough to canter a ways down trails (again, light cross country)
- Somewhat heavier built and taller - this is just a weird preference. I love riding "war horses". Doesn't need to be full draft by any means, but over 16.3 and not super-thin like thoroughbreds is ideal. I know this is in opposition to a good cross-country horse so compromises will have to be made, I suppose. Since I only what to do low-level cross country I'm sure there's something out there.
- Sound (are some breeds more sound on average than others?), good bone structure... doesn't everyone want this...
The two breeds that I fount that somewhat suited this criteria are Irish and Canadian horses, thought they're both a bit on the short side for my ideal.
So... Any ideas? Again, this little thought exercise is entirely fictional so just looking for the best possible option, regardless of what's actually available out there. And again, doesn't need to fit all criteria perfectly, just something matching as much as possible. Crosses are obviously a possibility.