Q: What kind of horse is best for a first time horse owner?

June 24, 2010 | By Dottie J. | 2 answers | Expired: 1599 days ago

Dottie J.

I want to get my first horse... I can handle and ride horses extremely well and i know a lot about their health and everything else because i have been with them for 14 years.At my stable we have riding rankings and i am in first squad. I am around horse 9 hours everyday six days a week and i am going to adopt one soon. I would prefer to adopt one from a rescue or auction and would want them to be a mare or gelding under 10 years of age. I know this is very picky but what is your opinion and any tips on anything else feel free to include. Thanks!

Readers' Answers (2)
daryl b.

Jun 25, 2010

my choice would be a gelded quarter horse or and appalossa. they are sensable and smart and usually quiet and athletic

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Stephanie  C.

Jun 25, 2010

Good for you for adopting! There are way too many horses out there right now looking for homes.

Beware of individuals selling a horse, lots of people are dishonest. Take a friend with you who can accurately judge your experience level and match you to a horse that fits your needs. Be very careful at auctions. However, with the glut of horse flesh on the market right now, you can pick up a registered horse at acution for reatively cheap. Check out Camelot Horse Auction at Helping Hearts Equine Rescue in New Jersey -they are a great group - google it.

Now, what kind of a horse to get is the one that works for you. Don't turn down a horse because of age or gender or any other reason. Look at everything. Most rescues can guage both your level and the horses' level.
Personally, I prefer Tennessee Walking Horses. I have six. But know that most TWH are rusty in their gaits, and if from a show barn, have a lot of baggage to work through. I have owned TWH, Mustang, and a mini. I've ridden all the above, and Arabians, Saddlebreds, QH, APHA, Appys, and perhaps a few others.

I personally don't care for hot bloods - Arabians, Saddlebreds, etc. I also have found Appys to be a little difficult. Depending on where you live, you will find different breeds at the rescues. Most people recommend geldings, but I've always gotten along better with mares.

Don't get in a rush! lol I have to remind myself of that all the time. It can be really exciting shopping for a new horse. Don't fool yourself that a particularly beatiful animal will someday mesh with you. Pick the horse that meets your needs right now. Perhaps later you can upgrade or add to your herd. And please, please, please, pick the animal with the personality that fits you. I wasted a number of years on an animal that I didn't get along with. It's not fair to either of you.

Good luck!

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