Personally, I grew up on Appaloosas, but I dont' think they are the best for beginners, as they can have a stubborn streak.
What I do think is a good horse is a Welsh Pony/Quarter Horse cross. Great size and temperment. Also when looking, consider looking for an older horse or one that is seasoned in trail, as they tend to be less spooked and used to different situations.
My biggest issue with appaloosas is I have yet to meet one that isn't a little crazy. I've been told by horse breeders that it's because many are breed for coat genetics more than they are temperament.
there are many different horse breeds. Some you will have heard of, like QUarter horse, Thoroughbred, Arabian, tennessee walking horse.
some are not so commonly known, like Paso Fino, Andalusian (one of my favorites),...
In fact, there's breeds of every domesticated animal.. chickens, geese, ducks, cattle, swine, sheep, goat, etc.
Did you know... that brown eggs come from specific breeds of chicken? For example, Rhode Island Reds lay brown eggs.. Leghorns lay white eggs.
Have I mentioned that I studied animal and Dairy science in college? Man you are bringing up many memories, one of our classes we had to be able to recognize the most common breeds of all domesticated farm animals. Horses, sheep, pigs, goats and cattle. Poultry was another class, poultry science.
Breed has something to do with temperment obviously, but it is age and training that are probably more important. FOR A BEGGINNER I would rather have a grade (mixed breed) horse that is 15 years old and WELL TRAINED than a purebred that is under 5 with little training. Look at each horse individually and RIDE it before you buy it. Outside of an arena if possible. Don't buy one under 5, they need a lot of consistant riding, even IF they are doing well.
ok here is a dummy kind of question. One day i would love to own a horse. Don't know if that will ever really happen. But hey a girl can dream right? So I have a question or two.
One) how many acres of land do you need to comfortablly own a horse. Where i live lots of people own horse. But some keep them on small pieces of land. Like less than an acre.
Two) what all do you feed horses?
Three) Where do you learn to saddle and brindle a horse.
My Aunt had a horse when I was younger. I don't know the breed but he was a small thing. And I use to ride him alot when i was little. So I do have some experience riding horses but thats about all I know.
Well there are a lot of differing opinions on how much land is needed to keep a horse comfortable. It also depends on location and climate and weather or not you feed hay year round. Hay/grass is most important in the diet, then sweetfeed/grains, minerals...salt.
If you want to learn and enjoy horses a reputable trainer is the way to go. They will teach you to hopefully not only ride, but horsemanship as well.
As a warning, there are as many people to claim to be 'trainers' and think they know about horses as byb's. There are no standards or regulations concerning horse trainers. In a nice way maybe ask what exactly they have done. What circuit do they show on? How well do their riders do?
I would agree with the older, experienced quarter horse. Often you can learn a lot from a good boarding stable. When looking for a horse make sure you are able to ride the horse yourself, not all horses are for every rider.