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post #1 of 22 Old 05-07-2019, 09:56 AM Thread Starter
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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.
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post #2 of 22 Old 05-07-2019, 10:05 AM
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For your first horse, I'd look into adopting a retiring, sound ranch horse. Trails will be second nature to them, stamina isn't even a question. You can teach it to jump within a few short sessions with a trainer (unless it already knows how to).
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post #3 of 22 Old 05-07-2019, 10:11 AM
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Welcome to Horse Forum! Where are you located? That might also be a factor so you're not traveling hours and hours to find a horse.

Personally, I'm partial to Morgans, which generally fit your list except for the height piece. Check out Denny Emmerson's Tamarack Hill Farm on Facebook for some of his ponderings on Morgans as great low-level all arounders. He is a character! A recent book of his is highlighted in this article. There are also several threads on eventing Morgans on the Chronicle of the Horse Forum. Unfortunately rules on this site don't allow us to link to Facebook or other Forum sites, but they should be easy to find.
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post #4 of 22 Old 05-07-2019, 10:40 AM
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Appendix quarter horse. They are a registered quarter horse and Thoroughbred cross that is registered to AQHA. I have one that is 16.1 that meets all your criteria and many/most of them do. I would attach pictures but I still get a can't connect error when I try to upload pictures to the forums.

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post #5 of 22 Old 05-07-2019, 10:50 AM
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Here we go. I figured out what was wrong. This is "Ace", he is a 16.1 Appendix Quarter horse and he was a bit pudgy in this pic because it was winter. He rides English and Western, has been shown in both disciplines and is a good jumper. He is also very good at working cattle. Eventually I will sell him but I want to train him to shoot archery off of first as well as a few other things before I put him up for sale. Registered name is Blue Bar Juan: https://www.allbreedpedigree.com/blue+bar+juan
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post #6 of 22 Old 05-07-2019, 11:13 AM
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Horses named Ace are bad news @AndyTheCornbread . ;)

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Up until "I want to ride a war horse", I was thinking you don't need a breed, you just need a nice, steady, sound horse.

Then you say you want a giant. Before you get wedded to that idea, do some investigating about what an extra-large horse means in the day to day. Bigger trailer. Bigger poop piles. More feed. Bigger shoes, bigger tack, bigger everything. Drafty enough and many farriers won't even try to shoe them.

You'll find trail riding a pain in the head, literally. I have been with riders on 16+ hand horses who quit and turned back because they could not get under branches that my 14.2 Brooke pushed through without any issues. And I've hopped off to give a leg up to those riders because they could not get back on their horses even with a log to stand on.

Big is not practical in any way for what you want to do. It will make things harder for you. So decide if that is what you have to have.

I also suggest that you pick a popular breed. Because it is hard enough to find a good horse without narrowing it down to rare ones.
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I like the idea of an ex-ranch horse. The only thing is that they tend to be shorter. I also agree with Avna about shorter horses. Unless you really need a larger horse (and I would ask why you really need that) a shorter horse is definitely the way to go, based on what you're talking about. I LOVE my short horses! I love being able to see their backs when I'm grooming them, that their heads are head level with me, that they fit into more spaces, that they can eat less. Easier to mount and dismount from the ground, which is great on trails and cross-country. Less height to fall from, should that become necessary, LOL.
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I like the idea of an ex-ranch horse. The only thing is that they tend to be shorter. I also agree with Avna about shorter horses. Unless you really need a larger horse (and I would ask why you really need that) a shorter horse is definitely the way to go, based on what you're talking about. I LOVE my short horses! I love being able to see their backs when I'm grooming them, that their heads are head level with me, that they fit into more spaces, that they can eat less. Easier to mount and dismount from the ground, which is great on trails and cross-country. Less height to fall from, should that become necessary, LOL.
I agree. I am 6' tall and all my personal riding horses are 15 - 15.1. I have some taller horses but they are ones I am training and reselling.
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post #10 of 22 Old 05-07-2019, 01:14 PM
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If this is only an exercise in dreaming, I was thinking a more Baroque-type Spanish Purebred, and they are now breeding them larger outside of Spain. Then there are Friesians, which have that impressive war-horse look, without the drafty size, but they are in the 16-17 range. Gypsy Vanners have all the looks, too, but in a tighter package.

Now, if we are being more practical, I like the ranch horse idea as well as the Appendix. I recently rode an Appendix for the first time (quarter horses are not common where I live). It was an eventing horse, used for cross-country, jumping and dressage, and I found her to be a very attentive, smart, all-around riding companion.


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