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post #1 of 33 Old 01-07-2015, 03:09 AM Thread Starter
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Lightbulb HELP picking a new horse!

Hi guys! Newbie here, just joined!
So, i've been riding for a very long time and have finally decided to get my very own horse.
I'm eyeing off two owned by the same woman - one is a Warmblood with a bit of Arabian blood, the other is an Andalusian (PRE).
The warmblood is stunning - a bit flighty (maybe the arabian in him?) and can be quite shy, but also quite cheeky. He has a good nature. The Andalusian is very loving, follows her around and tends to be more connected as an animal.
Now, i'm new to warmbloods and don't know a whole lot but I want a horse that I can really bond with. They are of the same age and same cost.
I was told by the breeder that the andalusians tend to be more human pleasing and seem to bond more with riders, and warmbloods are great competing horses and can get you far in the disciplines.
Can anyone shed some light onto both breeds or advise me so I can have a better understanding of them?
FYI: I'm into pleasure riding, not so much the disciplines. The andalusian and the warmblood would both be perfect dressage horses however.?

Thank you guys! xx
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post #2 of 33 Old 01-07-2015, 03:47 AM
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I don't have much experience with either warmbloods and much less andalusians. Though from what you've described, if it were me choosing (keep in mind that I don't know what these horses look like or how they perform) I would be tempted to go for the andalusian as he SOUNDS like, from your description, a nice calm horse and I love those really in-your-pocket horses.
The warmblood may be able to get you higher (again I haven't seen him) but personally, I tend to avoid flighty, high-strung horses most of the time as, for me, handling them can be quite stressful at times. And I like my time spent with horses to be as stress free as possible, thank you very much!

If you could possibly post pictures and videos to judge their conformation and movement I'm sure we could tell you a whole lot more. Good luck!
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post #3 of 33 Old 01-07-2015, 06:28 AM
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Within breeds horses has very different personalities. I don't think either of these breeds speaks to their ability to "bond". Perhaps this woman says this about warmbloods as they're mostly used as competition horses and not by people so focused on bonding.

If you are into " bonding" with a horse choose a people friendly horse right from the beginning. Don't get one that seems distant or disinterested. Do some ground work, which do you feel closer to? Which one seems the most interested and pays most attention?

Generally horse temperaments don't change a lot. What you see is what you get. A people centric horse is going to be that way the first time you meet it.

So my advice is to worry less about breed and more about the individual horse. Look for one that does what you want to do, that is suited to what you want now. It might not be the breed you think.

I knew an Arabian Warmblood who was the smartest prettiest mare. She would come galloping when called and eagerly approached people for pats. She was sweet and sparky and the boss of everyone. I've also known warmbloods duller than posts...
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post #4 of 33 Old 01-07-2015, 06:43 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much, that is all very informative information - I haven't met the two horses yet but I get anxious thinking about it!
I'll definitely let you guys know which direction I will go when meeting them!
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post #5 of 33 Old 01-07-2015, 08:59 AM
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Hi Elleanore!

IMO, it's all about the relationship; I spend way more time socalizing with The Boys than working them.
There ought to be a little bell going off in your heart whenever you see your One True Love. If it isn't happening for you with one of the critters you mentioned, I'd say keep looking.
Kinda like any other love affair :-)

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post #6 of 33 Old 01-07-2015, 10:28 AM
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post #7 of 33 Old 01-07-2015, 01:07 PM
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sometimes the personality that is on the ground is not necessarily what you want in the saddle. what I mean is that a horse that is very friendly, comes up to you, very self confident and pushy and literally in your pocket for a treat , follows you everywhere but in reality he's pushing you around, and is at your shoulder every step,

this is a horse that may think that he's the captain, and that the world goes his way or the highway. he may be the horse that is hard to move faster than a walk, if he doesn't feel like it, may be the one who is nippy, or will buck if you try to make him move away from where he doesnt want to be, who will push his shoulder in on you when you groom or lead. see, there is a flip side to a horse that can seem so "friendly". sometimes that over-friendly horse can be a bit of a monster under saddle. not saying this is the case, but just to not judge a riding horse by it being outgoingly "friendly" on the ground or not.
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post #8 of 33 Old 01-07-2015, 04:07 PM
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It's kinda funny, some of the best horses I've ridden had the foulest, grumpiest temperaments on the ground. The opposite has been true as well. Some of the more unpleasant riding horses I've ridden had the most affectionate, puppydog-like personalities. I trialed one mare who was consistently a nervous wreck on the ground. Constantly jittery, pooping every 10 sec, jumping out of her skin when the wall would creak. I was quite reluctant to ride her but she completely surprised me-this horse was unflappable and totally relaxed with a great work ethic. Things that startled even me didn't faze her.

Personalities depend on the individual horse not the breed. I've had people tell me Friesians are the friendliest horses ever that would never hurt a fly and then had a Friesian mare lunge at me and bite me in the back of the neck. In certain cases, especially when horses are stalled all the time for example competitive dressage horses, these horses may tend to be grumpier or more dull. Buy a horse that matches your riding skill with a personality that you can work with. Try out many horses and choose the one you prefer most and best matches your criteria.
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post #9 of 33 Old 01-07-2015, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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Although I wish I could ride them - the problem I'm having is they are both green, unbroken stallions! They are both 4 and from a stud. They both have siblings and parents with very good riding temperaments, so I'm not too concerned about the in-saddle aspect. After the horse has settled in he will be sent to a local (mostly baroque) trainer who the stud owner, and many other people, have recommended to me. Everyone has said the horses come back as they left and with a very soft mouth.
I'll definitely need to spend some time grooming and getting to know the horses and see which one I click with! I will also do a lot of investigating with how they react to certain things.
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post #10 of 33 Old 01-07-2015, 05:14 PM
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4yr old unbroke stallions??? seriously not horses you try to sell to Newbie horse owner
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