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post #11 of 15 Old 10-27-2013, 09:31 PM
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I'm all for picking the horse based on its temperament rather than its looks. But as we're suggesting breeds I'll go ahead and throw out Morgans. If you get a nice, well mannered morgan they're very loyal, trail trust worthy, and forward moving (and are stepping into the dressage ring popularity).
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post #12 of 15 Old 10-27-2013, 09:34 PM
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There are plenty of breeds you could be considering here. Not all thoroughbreds are as hot and powerful as what you describe in your current horse, so even the right thoroughbred or thoroughbred cross might be ideal for you.

You need to make a list of what criteria you're looking for. How tall do you want the horse to be? What age range are you looking for? What kind of experience do you want the horse to have? Where do you really want to end up? etc. Then go from there.

With your current troubles and your want for something that you can just get on and enjoy, I would not recommend a horse that is too green. Look at horses that are older than 5, with some trail miles, some experience showing, and some solid gaits on the flat. The horse doesn't need to be perfect, but should at least be level-headed and rideable. If big is not your cup of tea, then look for horses between 15 and 16 hands. Reject anything with a history of lameness or injury, or anything with major conformational faults. If you stick to this, you should be able to find a horse that is not scary, but also has the potential to be competitive and let you learn and advance. If you want to pursue dressage over any other discipline, then look for a horse with a start in dressage or at least one that shows potential. Your trainer should be able to help you identify a horse with potential.

I went through the same thing you are going through. About 3 years ago, I was living an extremely busy lifestyle. I was about to graduate college, was engaged, applying for jobs, about to move out on my own etc. I had a green appaloosa filly that was my project starting in High School. She was great project for me then, when I had the time to work with her, but as time went on she became progressively more moody and aggressive. She was high energy, and mean. I kept putting her in training, and her behavior was not improving for me, and I knew it wouldn't improve if I didn't get my act together and figure her out myself. I needed to spend more time with her and really work to put her aggressive energy to good use. Sadly, I was just not in the position to do this, and I was getting nowhere. Riding wasn't fun anymore and I was starting to fear her.

I really just wanted a good horse that I could ride without fearing for my life, that I could work with, but at my own pace. I ended up with a Shire/Thoroughbred cross. This horse was much bigger than the horse I had just sold, but her personality is so much sweeter. She's not nearly as high strung. I can take her on trail rides and to shows and she's not a freak about it. I don't have to lunge her to get the edge off before every ride. I don't have to deal with the tense, aggressive, rearing, bucking mess that made riding no fun. And if I don't ride for two weeks, she's the same horse the next time I get back on. I can just relax, and ride, but she's was also somewhat green with lots of potential, so I still have plenty to work towards and lots to learn with her. A draft cross was not in my original plans, but I'm glad I kept an open mind because I am super happy with my choice.

Basically, you need to be looking at each individual horse's personality, more so than breed. Definitely look into Arabs or Anglo-Arabs if that's what you like. Paints and Appaloosas are promising breeds, as well as Thoroughbreds, Quarter Horses and Appendix Quarter Horses. And don't underestimate the power of a nice, English-type grade horse.

Good luck in your quest to find a new horse. I hope everything works out for you and the horse you're selling!
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post #13 of 15 Old 10-27-2013, 09:38 PM
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I'm sorry this one isn't working out. I understand a person can almost feel guilty about it.

But, bottom line, you are probably wanting to own a horse for fun. Even show a bit, but that really should fall into the category of fun.

I'd list him, too.

I work with horses. Only as a second job now, as my primary is really fun and pays well, but... When I decided to get a horse for myself, I went with a level-headed gelding that I can fine tune for what I want to do.

I'm really glad I did. I still love the horse work I do. It's exciting and challenging, but for me time? I really like having this one that I can easily try different things on with no stress or demands on me.

Whatever route you take, I hope you get back to really enjoying your time with horses.
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post #14 of 15 Old 10-27-2013, 10:31 PM
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Wow, you sound just like me! I bought a horse a year ago that I fell in love with. An 8 year old Quarter/cross & when I brought him to the new barn he got to be a handful! Worked with him alot on the ground & he got a little quieter but when I got on him to ride he bolted on me & that really scared me. Well, after 6 months I took him back to the barn I bought him at for some more training. He was just the sweetest horse....always came to me when I went to get him. However, I finally decided that he was just too much for me. He too was very sensitive & very high energy. My trainer said he needed to be ridden more but since I work full time & the barn is 1/2 hour away I couldn't ride as much as he needed. So since the winter is coming up I finally decided to sell him......what a trip that was! One rider came & fell off, the next one said he was too sensitive for her beginner husband, & all these new people riding him surely didn't make him calmer! I also was just too scared to ride him at that point because he became a little spooky. I really didn't want to get hurt. Soooo, finally a 12 year old girl came with her trainer & just fell in love with him. She had to have him.....it was love at first sight. Soooo he fortunatly went to a great home and I am now looking to lease a horse that will be more suitable for me before I buy another one.
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Someone mentioned kissing spines as a possibility with my current horse so I'm thinking of having him x-rayed....
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