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post #11 of 20 Old 05-21-2015, 10:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Horseychick87 View Post
A yearling as a first horse is generally not a good idea, unless you've had years of experience working with horses prior to getting your first.
Couldn't agree more with that...not to mention that it'll be some time before you could even consider starting to train such a horse, much less back him/her and go for an enjoyable and relaxing ride which is what it seems you're looking for.

I have a sweet spot for drafts as, like yourself, I look out of place on the daintier horses. This was me when I was around the same weight as you, OP - sitting on a Clyde will make even the biggest guy look svelte.

But it really depends on what you're looking to do down the road. I know you mentioned trail riding, but is that 100% for sure all you ever plan to do...or are you sure that you might not pickup an interest in something else down the road? That would effect your decision, as I wouldn't recommend a big draft if a year or three from now you might be interested in jumping, or barrel racing, or whatnot.
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post #12 of 20 Old 05-22-2015, 09:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Alaskandon95 View Post
what are your opinions on getting a yearling as a first horse? I know i cant ride until fully developed but i really want to experience raising a horse from a baby.
I will agree with everyone else that for your FIRST horse, it is not a good idea to get a yearling.

In the beginning, you want to build your confidence and build your horse's confidence. Therefore you need to select a horse appropriately.

You wouldn't give a teenager a maserati for their very first car, would you? No! Usually, the best idea is a safe mid-sized car or a 1/2 ton truck. You would give them something realistic to the fact that they are a brand new driver.

Typically, for your first horse, you want one that has "been there done that". While each horse can have their own characteristics, as a general rule, I would get one that is over 10 years old.

Set yourself up for success with a horse that is already trained that you can learn the ropes with. Down the road, if you'd like to try your hand on a young horse, then at least you have some experience to fall back on (and an older "buddy" to be an example to the younger horse).

You've got your whole life to raise a horse from the ground up. Why the rush?
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post #13 of 20 Old 05-22-2015, 10:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Alaskandon95 View Post
the correct size of horse would be for me. I am 6foot3 and 200 pounds
I'm slightly taller than you and more than slightly heavier. My big guy is a little over 16 hands so I think that is the right size for a horse. However, now that I am in my 60's I can no longer reliably jump on the first time when I ride bareback. I bought a bareback pad and found it useless because I can no longer make the leap to get on with that tiny bit of extra height.

Your first horse should be older, and 20+ might not be too old. He can be a pasture buddy for your yearling when you're ready to step up.

My horse is a mongrel, but mostly quarter horse, and he has good feet. Mesa, the giant mustang mare that my niece owns has great feet. Even after being confined to a small dry lot for an extended period, she went out on rocky trails without a hint of tender soles. She has never worn shoes.

I don't see a lot of mustangs for sale. If they were all like Mesa, everybody would want one for trail riding.
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post #14 of 20 Old 05-22-2015, 10:41 AM
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im a pretty good sized dude, I am 6ft, and float between 265-280. I don't like a horse much over 15.2. I like stocky horse, more so than a tall one. If I rode a horse and didn't have to get on and off of it several times in a day, it would be different but I am liable to be on and off a horse 4-5 times in a n hour of working bird dogs.

As far as a good trail riding horses, it is hard to beat a good gaited horse. Tennessee Walkers, Missouri Fox Trotters, and Any of the mountain horses, offer quite a span in size, from pot sized to 16-17hh.
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post #15 of 20 Old 05-22-2015, 07:36 PM
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I agree with the others about a sturdy built horse rather than one that is just tall. As for breed....I would be looking more for type rather than breed. Although Quarter horse, Paint, Appaloosa, or draft cross would be a consideration and 15.2 to 16.2 hands. The best thing would be for you to start shopping and trying different horses to see what you feel the most comfortable on. Also something well broke and experienced. I don't know your riding ability but a better rider can bring out the best in a well broke horse where as a less experienced rider on a green horse does not work. As for a yearling ? Bad idea regardless if you can train it. Unless you have something else to ride while it matures and is being trained, it will be years before it is the reliable trail horse you are looking for
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post #16 of 20 Old 05-23-2015, 09:41 PM
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I would go for a big, stout Quarter Horse, Morgan, or TWH. 15.1hh at least. Width is most important! Make sure the horse has substantial bone.

I'm 5'5 and look just right on my 14.1hh Paint, yet make my 17.2hh OTTB look tiny.

c'est la vie
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post #17 of 20 Old 05-31-2015, 01:34 AM
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I'm 5'7 and 215 lbs, and for years I wouldn't ride a horse under 16.1 or so. Then I bought my OTTB, who is only about 15.3 but very stocky and wide around the barrel. He makes me looks way better than most of the taller horses I've ridden. He handles me just fine, although I'm sure he's happy I'm losing weight!

Ignore the seat, first time riding him in a month and I was excited and not paying attention.

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post #18 of 20 Old 06-01-2015, 01:08 AM
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Same 5'2 110lb rider.

Brown is 16hh

Buckskin is 14.3

The heavier rider on the buckskin is my mother, who is 5'4 and around twice my weight. The brown can't carry her weight despite being bigger and somewhat heavier than the buckskin.

No nasty comments please (and ignore my seat, I'm rusty), we take a lot of care not to work the buckskin too hard with the heavy rider because she has such fine legs. Mum only walks on her, rides w/t/c on a 16h chestnut that can handle her weight easily and has more than enough bone. She's part Arab, too, so her bone is a lot stronger than it looks.

EDIT; point is, bigger horses aren't always going to take up more leg or carry more weight, and here's an illustration of that point.
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post #19 of 20 Old 06-01-2015, 08:53 AM
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I would also suggest some type of draft or draft cross. Draft crosses are extremely versatile, and most times, pretty large. We have a few at my job and all three are giants, but in different ways! Bella is tall, probably like 17.2+ , and she has done eventing, hunters and jumpers. Taco is a big bodied, kind of tall horse, probably around 16.1+, and he does Mini Grand Prix jumpers. And lastly there's Rey, an extremely tall Clyde X thoroughbred, who's basically an English pleasure horse because he's so lazy, he doesn't have much motivation (his owner is also older).

I would just shop around and look for experienced, calm horses, and not focus on breed so much. Maybe get an all around horse that has a "been there and done that" attitude.
Good luck with your search!
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post #20 of 20 Old 06-01-2015, 11:25 AM
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For larger/heavier riders, I am a firm fan of the good old bulldog-style QH such as a Foundation-bred QH. Easy to find, won’t break the bank, and usually can be found with a good personality to suit a beginner/first time horse owner, and their conformation suits a heavier rider well because your ideal is built like a tank with a deep chest, and a short back.

Also, an older horse for your first horse is a GREAT choice. Don’t shy away from those in or near their 20’s, either. You are building knowledge and confidence, and a stalwart older horse has usually seen and done it all. A good first horse is forgiving of the inevitable mistakes you’re going to make as both a rider and an owner, but they’re also going to teach you a lot.

Yearlings are best left to those people who have a lot of experience training and handling young horses because you need to be able to anticipate when a young, green, inexperienced horse is at his limit, needs a rest, or needs to be pushed harder, and even experienced handlers can get hurt by general dumb baby behavior. I’ve worked with green and poorly-trained horses when I was younger and less experienced and it’s no picnic.

Or you could just go completely off the deep end and buy a mule like I did!
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