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What Breed Is The Best Choice For My First Horse?

Updated on January 10, 2015

You Don't Want A Nightmare

I get asked this question a lot, and usually the person wants that specific, calculated answer. But, it's not just a simple one word answer. Honestly, a lot of thought and time should go into buying a horse. It shouldn't just be an impulse buy because, it's not like you can put that horse in the closet and forget about it like, that pair of shoes you thought you "needed". A horse needs time, care, food, love and that's an everyday commitment. So, you wanna be sure that when you do buy that dream horse that it doesn't turn into a nightmare.

My arabain girl, at a show.
My arabain girl, at a show.

Breaking The Stigma

Some horses come with a stigma like the Arabian, Thoroughbred and Appaloosa they come with the nickname "hot horse". A "hot horse" may be one that just wants to go go go or just blows through your training methods. They may be aggressive or quick to get upset over very little. When they do get up set, there's not much you can do to settle them back down. Differently not for a beginner. But, all this being said I have personally owned an Arabian, Thoroughbred, and Appaloosa, and I can truthfully say those 3, I have owned were completely gently and respectful. They never gave me an once of trouble or put me in a dangerous position. My grandma that had never rode a day in her life, could ride my Arabian with ease. My first horse that I owned, well was actually a pony "14.2" hands, it was a major handful and would try to run me through the fence or buck me off. When you think pony a lot of people think cute or sweet but, mine certainly was far from that. So, I got my first big girl horse! An amazing Arabian, he is the most gentle and kindhearted creature. Nothing like the "hot horse" his breed is made out to be.

18 month old appaloosa, one of his first rides.
18 month old appaloosa, one of his first rides.

A lot of people would suggest a Quarter Horse or even a Paint. While, they are known for having that easy going and quite attitude. Your more easing going horses would be more forgiving. But, I have seen some that I wouldn't put the best of riders on. I also, personal own a few quarter horses that are boom proof and you can ride anywhere.
So as you can see, you can't just go by the breed of the horse. Each animal is individually different and have their own personalities. They are like people, not one is the same and have their own agendas. The most important thing is that you feel safe and confident on the horse that you choose no matter what the breed. You need to get to know that specific horse and see how they truly are without that breed stigma. You just may be surprised!

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