Ok first of all I've basically been raised around horses, I'm far from an expert, but I know some basics. The breeds I'm mainly familar with are thouroughbreds, quarter horses, arabians, and a halflinger (hope i spelled it right lol) but he was a mix. I actually trained the haflinger from the time he two.
We recently moved to Tennessee, and finally have the space for a future purchase of a horse. Since we're only on two acres. I definatly think the best idea would be to buy a pony of some sort. Our neighbor (right across the street) has a larger pasture with two quarter horses that we would be able to share with. Morgan (my daughter) is 4, but very mature for her age. She's been rideing quite a few times, and not just on a "fair" horse. She's actually been to a farm and rode in the arena.
I have seen about a million different breeds of horses/ponies, but to read up on every one of them would take a few years. So I was just wondering if anyone had any ideas of a good breed for us. Basically I'd like a horse/pony small enough for a child, yet just big enough for an adult to ride. We had been to a birthday party a few yrs back, and the woman who was hired with her horses had just the ones I'm thinking about. I can't remember the name, I know that they weren't originally from the U.S.
i have a shetland/morgan cross that is about 14.2 HH and shes the sweetest critter. i got her when she was a year old, and untrained other than broke to lead. it has taken very little work to train her. she is now 3 1/2. and big enough for an adult, but small enough for a child. anyone can handle her. but, keep in mind they are all different in all breeds as far as personality. just like alot of appaloosas are a little high strung, seems i have the oposite of the generalized appy....5 yrs old and very laid back.
Get a small Quarter Horse. About 14.2 or 14.3 hands. Quarter Horses are great with kids and are AMAZING horses. I have two Quarter Horses and they are sweet and would let anyone ride them and not buck, rear, ect. you can also do almost ANYTHING with a Quarter Horse from western pleasure, barrels, poles, trail riding, english pleasure, jumping, anything you want it to do.
***Edited By: Horselover on 5/6/2006 10:24:46 AM*** Reason: *
lol duh you're in Tennessee...how about a nice Tennessee walker? Most of them have great dispositions and a great smooth ride to boot! Also a POA and small Quarter horse, and don't forget the grade horses out there. A Morgan is also a nice horse and once in a great while you get lucky and find a nice Arab that's kid gentle which would be the ultimate horse, but those are very far and few between.
There was a nice 4 year old Tennessee walker/arabian horse for adoption on petfinder.She neevr spooked and was a great horse all around.I dont know if she is still up for adoption or not.She would eb perfect for you
I am partial to paints and quaters myself. till have one that is a breeding stock paint....grullo. He is a stallion and sooo laid back. We have small children come see him every week, and no one has ever known he was a stallion unless I tell them (or they look).