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post #1 of 7 Old 10-03-2013, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for Family friendly, shorter Broke horse, any suggestions on these?

Hi Horse forum folks,

I'm in California looking for a family horse for my daughter (almost 6 years old). I have found some good options (I hope) :) Hopefully dead broke and bomb proof.

My MUST HAVES: **dead broke **Child safe **14-15HH range **sound **nice slow beginner safe lope **under $5k that's my limit

My Nice to haves: **Dark coloring or at least BLACK HOOVES **less thank $5k

Any suggestions on good conformation and ... on paper until I go out...


What looks like a good bodied, well bred horse? #1 link is my top pick AQHA, Fresh cut roan, cowhorse and reining bred.


#2 per friend referral


#3 also per friend referral, this one a Morgan Mare

Triton Morgan Horses

The rest are blind finds from craigslist, which of course make me more nervous but possibly worth a look? Especially the Buckskin mare, she's got a video up


Reining/ Cowhorse Started Buckskin QH - well broke.

#5 (almost at the bottom-- CORONA)

Sale Horses - Mitchell Ranch


reduced* AQHA- 2007 Cowhorse/ Reining/ Cutting

Thank you all for your very welcome advice!!
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-04-2013, 04:15 AM
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None of the links work.

But of the ones you describe...started, fresh cut, and working horse is not what I would be looking for if it was for a kid, especially not one 6 years old.

You are way off track I think, as what you are suggesting you go look at? Do not have any of the terms needed for what you want.

You need to get someone else to track down the horses for you, that really knows what they are doing and what questions to ask.

And if your child doesn't ride? Lessons are needed.
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Oh goodness! Thanks for the heads up!

Let me try again:





Triton Morgan Horses


Sale Horses - Mitchell Ranch
(Corona) 8 year old palomino pinto gelding

...and I think that's a good start

I definitely WILL have a my trainer looking at the horses I would be seriously considering. the first two ARE referrals for QUIET, but young horses. I would no have my daughter ride for a while. I would get a feel for the horse, then start on lead line in the round pen. Then we would progress to having her TAKE her lessons on this (hopefully soon to be) horse :) The first two ALSO have children around 7 years old taking lessons on them. Corona's current owner has her 7 year old riding him I've been told.

We both take weekly lessons. I'm taking equitation classes and would like to further my own riding in either reining or Western dressage. First things first, my equitation needs some work!!

I hope this answers some of your questions? ...and hopefully the links work!!!

Thanks tons again

I really appreciate your help!!!
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Here's the little one riding her lesson pony :)
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post #5 of 7 Old 10-04-2013, 07:08 PM
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I just want to say I LOVE that roan you posted. They all look like nice horses, although a youngster might not be the best choice, particularly a high strung breed (Arab X) or performance horse. Still, that roan mare is lovely.

Also, get a PPE! Some of the roan mare's under saddle pics are from when she's 2 according to the comments. QH's sometimes get started super early, go to futurities/shows at 3, and retire for breeding early, partly because they don't hold up after being used too hard too early. Not always true, but good to check.
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Hi Viranh,

I AGREEEEEE!! I loooove her. And she's teeny tiny, 13.3/14 hh. When I arrived at the ranch a 7 or 8 year old was loping her in the round pen. I was seriously impressed. And she's well bred. And shes adorable. She would be my #1 choice. It's whether or not the owners are SELLING. I had the trainer ask for me. He told me she actually would be a great fit as shes very QUIET at such a young age. I can wait a couple of years to have my little one ride her. I can put the miles on her in the mean time. We need to share a horse anyways .... we have to board, do not own property. And i really spoil my animals. Couldn't afford more than 1 horse.
...hence my need for 1 GOOD CHOICE family horse :)

Thanks for the feedback!

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Ah yes and I do plan on not ONLY a PPE, but Xrays and blood test. I need our next horse to really be our FOREVER horse and a horse I can put miles on for the little one. she's taking weekly lessons with a competitive trail/endurance rider and I really look forward to seeing her grow. I've even noticed a HUGE improvement in her SCHOOL WORK after lessons started. Her teacher (also a tutoring center director) has taught her focus....something I cannot teach her myself. She and I are like butterflies...a bit flighty and happy go lucky. LOL
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