Of course, again, this will be in a few years. Oh well, that gives me more time to look up on it!
Have any of your heard of Akhal-Tekes? I love them. Does anyone know what their tempermants are like? I know it kind of depends on the horse, yes, but are they like Arabians? Thoroughbreds? (Highstrung?)
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My horse is part-Draft and part QH. As a matter of fact, all the horses I've ever ridden are QHs. (My family doesn't own a ranch, but my town is divided into 2 sections: military and ranching.) Other than that, just like everyone else has said, go for a laid-back older gelding. :)
unfortunetly the fancy horses are usually the most awkward ones....
friesians (carriage horses), fjord & haflinger (working mountain ponys), arabians (through the desert transportation) etc are beautiful but all wrong in the head and difficult to handle most of the time if not used for their sole purpose... you'd have to be VERY lucky to find a reliable one fo recreational purposes...
if you want a beginners horse thats safe and will give you some confidence id go for a solid, older quarter horse. that would be my #1 choice.. they are of all breeds that pop into my head atm the soundest.
otherwise, if you have any way of finding any, a mature irish connemara pony are ideal starters.
shires and clydesdale are no riding horses.. they are cart and carriage horses like friesians and their gaits are awful for riding. the belgians are working horses also. no pleasure for riding really.
im sorry to say this but id stay well clear of horses with firey temperments and fancy looks as a beginner. all you want is a pony thats safe and easy to handle. it'll only caus you hardship otherwise.
Thank you Neelie I kind of thought that, it makes sense, but I will try to look for a fancy-ish horse that is easy to handle, if possible. If I can't find any, I'll just go with a quarter horse. XD
well if you really want to go for a high bred horse then maybe you should just take riding lessons for a few months and take a summer job in a riding stable. then you'd be more able to handle a more tempermental horse.
otherwise, like i said, an old quarter horse (or a paint horse if you like color) that will give you confidence. its very important. when your ready to move on you can... nothing worse than having a horse you cant handle, trust me!!!!