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post #1 of 23 Old 08-27-2013, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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My husband wants a horse!

Oh my goodness..
I never thought I'd see the day...

Now I need some advice in the right breed of horse.
He is a complete beginner. He has helped lunge, brush, and he leads Apollo around.
He wants a 'pretty color. I've explained that color shouldn't be a main factor. He DEFINITELY agreed with this so he is more than willing to wait until he finds a perfect personalty and a color he likes. Okay good.

He understands he is heavier and therefore he may need a larger horse. At 240lbs should i be looking at strictly draft, and draft crosses, or would he be okay with a smaller stouter horse?

Now this is the hard part...
Ive explained to him we should get an older been there done that type of horse, but he REFUSES.
I know Green+Green = Black and Blue.
He is just unwilling to get an older horse that he will love, then when its time to 'upgrade' just sell it. We get VERY attached to our pets, but lets face it, they are expensive... I never want him to have to deal with the sadness of never knowing what happened to his beloved 'First horse'.

What we are doing is we are going to 'borrow' my friends draft cross so he can learn to ride, and how to handle horses a little better.

I don't even know what I'm asking really. I guess mostly his weight and what we should be looking for as for a size of a horse...
Maybe just your thoughts on him getting something younger that he could perfect as his trail horse? I don't mean get him a 2 year old unbroken horse. But maybe a nicely started 5-6 year old? Any input would be awesome really..

Btw, He wants a Buckskin, Grey, Liver chestnut with flaxen, or some sort of Dun color. Are these really hard to find in larger breeds?
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post #2 of 23 Old 08-27-2013, 11:07 PM
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At 240#, a nice sturdy 15hh QH with good size bone would serve him well and it would be easier to find the color he wants. However, grey and chestnut should be relatively easy to find in a draft cross. Just remember that bigger horses can be VERY intimidating, especially to beginners.

As for age, how about a compromise with a nice 10-12yo? Old enough to be decently-broke, but young enough to have a lot of years left.

When we can afford it, I'm going to have the same issues with my boyfriend as far as color go. His problem is that he wants a horse as pretty as Aires so he doesn't look "plain" next to me. Lol. He did rodeo in high school (bareback broncs), but was double-barreled in the chest, so he's a bit timid around horses right now. Luckily my Aires is a gentle giant, but his size is still intimidating.
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post #3 of 23 Old 08-27-2013, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
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I WILL have him meet some older horses. I think he just needs to see thats a 10 year old doesn't mean dead!
He isn't intimated, he likes the draft x we will be borrowing for his lessons. So thats good.

You're right Aires... I got a pretty guy and now he MUST have something that is equally as flashy. Haha.
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post #4 of 23 Old 08-27-2013, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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He does great with Apollo, although I have to remind him, that he is not a dog, so 'stay', 'no' doesn't work.
He is spoiled in the sense that Apollo doesn't try to take advantage of his greeness.
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post #5 of 23 Old 08-27-2013, 11:29 PM
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Guys are worse than women sometimes when it comes to having "pretty stuff." Lol. My boyfriend's mom jokes that she raised three girls, not three boys because they're all so vain (my boyfriend takes longer to get ready than I do).

Anyway, he's probably used to dogs, that don't live that long. My old BO still has the first horse he ever bought. Skeeter is 33 this year and still takes little kids out on the dude string rides. When my boyfriend found out that Aires was only 3 (when we started dating...he's 4 now) and that he could live to be 30+, he wa incredibly surprised. He thought they didn't live any longer than the average dog.

Is it bad that I have Aires trained on voice commands like a dog? He knows walk, trot, ho (to stop), back, step, stand, don't (which is like "no"), and he comes to his name.
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Re: dog comment, I forget dogs don't typically know ho/whoa. :(

I don't think you'll need a draft cross to accommodate him though that is another option. How exciting to have him join your passion. :)
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Re: dog comment, I forget dogs don't typically know ho/whoa. :(
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Haha! Mine do. Lol. I also cluck at them to keep them moving when out on walks.
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post #8 of 23 Old 08-28-2013, 10:40 AM
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A good size quarter horse as someone else mentioned would be fine. I do see some nice looking draft crosses on my local Craigslist. I think you have the right plan find something 6 and up, by that age really if they've been messed with right they should be pretty broke. I'd just find something as laid back as possible.
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post #9 of 23 Old 08-28-2013, 12:26 PM
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good luck with finding the right horse

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post #10 of 23 Old 08-28-2013, 12:44 PM
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I agree that a good, stocky QH/Pant/Appy that is 10+ years is what I would look at, and has plenty of riding years. Our 19 yr old lead Paint mare, Angel, is still the quickest in our herd.
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