Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Great Canadian North
Horse people!! I didn't know there were horse people here!
As others have said, when it comes to buying, don't even think about what breed the horse is. For a beginner's horse, it's quite likely you'll end up with a mixed breed, which is perfectly fine as long as it's healthy, a suitable size for you, an easy-going temperament, and trained to be bomb-proof.
Chances are, unless you're buying a show horse, you're not going to be buying a specific breed, unless it's common like a thoroughbred or a quarter horse. Unless you go to a specialty breeder, you won't be getting a mustang or a fjord.
My biggest piece of advice: get yourself a good reliable coach to help you find your horse. A coach will be able to find you something suitable in your price range. They'll be able to make sure you get all the necessary paperwork, and make sure you have the animal vetted before you buy it.
Having a horse is an enormous commitment, but sooo worth the time and patience.
My horses are all rescues (they came from the meat auction). One is a 3/4 arab, 1/4 morgan gelding (we met old owners at a show and got the info haha), one is a paint mare, and one is a paint/mixed pony gelding (though he was a stud when we got him).
Colonel Mustard- Mustard Gas Male DT
Professor Marvel- Red Butterfly Male DeT
Hannah- Red Butterfly Female VT
Holly- Turquoise Female VT
Violet- Bicolour Female Spadetail
Molly- Red Female VT
Georgie- Multicolour Female CT
The Rest of the Menagerie:
Tobasco, Moonstone, and Gus (the horses)
Boots and Snowy (the cats)
Beatrice (the bunny)