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post #11 of 23 Old 08-28-2013, 01:08 PM
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Sounds like you have a plan. I'd stick to looking for an appropriate build rather than deciding on breed or cross as there is variability in any breed or cross that could make them unsuitable. Just because a draft is large doesn't automatically make it perfect for carrying around larger riders it all depends on build - length of their back being a priority. Same for crosses. You can find a really stout QH that would be perfect. My child's uncle just retired his 24 y.o. QH to a child that has barrel racing aspirations. He'll be perfect for that but for the first 20 years of his life he carried all of around Uncle's 260 plus about 40lbs of tack. They waited until he was well into his 4th year to start him and brought him along slow. It paid off. You can find a well trained horse with a great mind, easily trainable for alternate disciplines if there is an interest. No guarantee the horse will excel but if your DH finds he needs another horse to move forward though it may be easier. You should be able to find one that is in the 6-10 y.o. range that can work for long term. It's hard to have to give up your first but you do what you can to give them a good home and keep that picture of them in your mind. The colors he is looking for would be more easily found in QH or cross.
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I weigh the same as him and ride a 16 hh Appaloosa. Sometimes I help exercises 2 of the QH's at the barn. I would say a QH, Paint or an Appy, they tend to be stocky and make great weight carriers. If he wants something flashy, a Paint or an Appy may be the way to go.

Also, the best horse I ever owned was a 8 year old gelding QH. The worst was a 21 year old Arab/Paint mare. Age is just a number, find the horse that works best for him. Older doesn't always mean better.
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post #13 of 23 Old 08-29-2013, 11:59 AM
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Marshall Dillon was 6'8 and had to be over 250lbs. And Buck carried him across the prairie for 20 years. Never got outrun by the bad guys. I think your husband will be fine.
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Actually he was 6'7" and weighed about 235lbs. Buck (Dunny Waggoner) was a 15.1 hand QH.
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post #15 of 23 Old 08-29-2013, 03:46 PM
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I'm a heavy rider and fairly green, though not a beginner, and all my research and the advice of my trainer led me to a stocky, 10-year-old, 15.2hh paint. I adore his personality, and I don't feel like I'm crushing him -- but also don't feel like I'm riding a sofa with legs. He has enough go in him that if I ever wanted to do more with him besides pleasure and trail I probably could.

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post #16 of 23 Old 08-29-2013, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone!
I was hoping it wasn't impossible for him to have a stocky QH. I was thinking draft cross because that's what we are borrowing and he is a Percheron Paint. He isn't so tall, he is just thick.

We are not in any hurry so we have ample time to happen upon a match. :)
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A stocky stock horse should be fine, unless he will feel to big.

What is the main purpose of this horse? I assume its just to have fun and trail ride. Unless he has grand prix & world show aspersions in the next 5-15 years there should be no reason you need an "upgrade". Even if he wanted to learn to jump or do western trail or pleasure there is no reason you can't teach an old dog new tricks. People keep horses for a lifetime without the need to "upgrade". A friend of mine bought a well broke "been there done that" 9 y/o QH. She bought her right after she learned to canter, so the horse was beginner safe. She has done SO much with this horse in the past 6 years. EVERYTHING from reining (what she was originally trained in), to hunter paces, to the gymkhana ring, into the hunter/jumper ring, trail ride like a boss through state parks... Really there is NOTHING this horse hasn't risen to the occasion for!
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Get him a stocky QH type. I have a 13 year old 16hh QH that will take complete care of a beginner but give an advanced rider a good ride. He can go all day, is super versatile and I expect him to live the next 20 years.

Quarters come in plenty of pretty colors too. Shouldn't be too hard of a find.
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A stocky stock horse should be fine, unless he will feel to big.

What is the main purpose of this horse? I assume its just to have fun and trail ride. Unless he has grand prix & world show aspersions in the next 5-15 years there should be no reason you need an "upgrade". Even if he wanted to learn to jump or do western trail or pleasure there is no reason you can't teach an old dog new tricks. People keep horses for a lifetime without the need to "upgrade". A friend of mine bought a well broke "been there done that" 9 y/o QH. She bought her right after she learned to canter, so the horse was beginner safe. She has done SO much with this horse in the past 6 years. EVERYTHING from reining (what she was originally trained in), to hunter paces, to the gymkhana ring, into the hunter/jumper ring, trail ride like a boss through state parks... Really there is NOTHING this horse hasn't risen to the occasion for!
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It will most likely be a trail horse. I don't honestly know, if he wants to do more I would like for him to have the option. 9 years old is perfectly fine. When I think of a been there done that horse I always jump to 16-18. Which was the age of my first horse.

She was a sweet horse. But, I eventually wanted to do barrels, which I did do. About a year or so after she started to break down. I was slow on the barrels I never really pushed her, she was just old. I stopped doing barrels with her because I refused to get rid of her, and she just couldn't do it anymore(Although in her mind she was a young spry 5 year old). One day we were just trotting around and she fell. She dislocated my hip, and my knee by falling on me.
After that she was never the same, I gave her away to my 'best friend'.. she was a kids horse for a while then she just disappeared. I don't know what happened to her. I don't ask because I don't want to know. I have a feeling, but I try to NEVER think of her... The above happened when I was 11ish.

I don't EVER want my husband to have to go through what I had too. Because of me being selfish and wanting a horse who could compete she probably got shot in the head in the middle of the desert somewhere...

Edit: She couldn't even really be ridden, she was always super energetic and wanted to go, but her body just couldnt.

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They all slow down eventually, whether they were bred and born on your farm or bought as a 15 year old.

Personally I'd aim for a horse between 8-14. Plenty of spry years left and enough time under the belt to know their job. Of course there will always be exceptions to the rule.

It's impossible to tell but some horses will break down in their late teens. Others will comfortably work until their early to late 20's. We have an appy at my barn who is the BEST beginner WTC horse at 31 years old. Not because she is old & slow (she is actually the farthesb thing from slow/lazy I can put a seasoned western rider on her and she will out due all the others) but she knows her jobs. Her transitions are awesome, hardly ever breaks gait, doesn't pull school horse BS, she is easy to steer.. I could go on and on. She is like that because of good consistent schooling from her old owner. We got her at 26, previously she had never been school horse or ridden by green people so she was never allowed to form those habits that come with inexperience.

Sorry I feel like I'm rambling... I think its getting late for me
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