Now if we get a house we want then in a couple of years we MAY get a horse. Now i was wondering what breeds are good with kids i am 13 my sister 9 and my brother 12. So what are the best breeds for kids :)
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Breed usually isnt an issue such as with dogs, it usually comes down to gender, age, and experience. Geldings are usually the preferred choice although there are a lot of good mares out there, the older seasoned veterans are better for children than young green horses (green rider + green horse= black and blue all over), That age group usually 10 years and older. Usually the size of the horse should be considered and most breeds usually come in a wide range except for maybe thoroughbreds and draft horses but I used to ride at a stable who had very tall but old gentle lesson horse that even the most novice and smallest of riders could ride so dont rule one out just because of size but wise to take it into consideration. I learned to ride on 27 year old Paso Fino while other riders learned on quarter horses, foxtrotters, appaloosas, you name it. There are safe gentle seasoned mounts in all breeds its the real experience that counts with horses.
Keep in the back of your mind, a rescue horse. Many times, horses are taken from bad situations and sit in rescue for a long time before being re-homed.
The horses will be rehabilitated and brought up to date on shots, wormings, evaluated for the level of rider, suitable for the mount.
Oft times, people have an older horse and they give it to a rescue, due to children outgrowing the horse or changing circumstances.
I am not sure where you are from, but perhaps we can help you find a good rescue somewhere near your home.
Horses are very expensive. You have to consider whether you will have the land to keep your horse at your new home, whether a horse is allowed in that area, regulations change all the time.
If you have to board, will you have to provide the hay and feed also? There should be at least a yearly vets exam. Shots, farrier and shoes, if appropriate.
Don't forget tack, saddle, bridles, bits, halters, brushes, hoof pick, all the supplies needed to care for a horse. They are a lot of work, but are such a wonderful animal.
I got my first horse at age 10. She was an old pinto mare, grade, nothing fancy, no special breed. But she was a great teacher. She taught me how to ride, was patient beyond belief and was an all around wonderful mare.
I'd steer clear of Shetland Ponies, they are known to be stubborn and not really a good horse for a beginner.
Think long and hard before investing in a horse. They are expensive to buy, expensive to own and maintain. But nothing compares to going out to the field and whistling softly and have your horse come running up to you, whinnying.
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Like the other posts I recommend you get an older seasoned horse. Since I get the impression you are a first time rider/owner I suggest you look for one that is "Bomb Proof". Not to tall as your 9 year old brother will have to mount this horse as well.
I don't suggest as a first time owner you keep the horse at your house even if you do have enough land. There is something to be said about boarding a horse. The social aspect, the education you will get from the other boarders and also someone to ride with can all be had at a boarding barn that you will not get if you keep the horse at home.
Later when you have more experience with horses both riding as well as care and 1st aid then and only then I would consider having a horse at home.
I think probably a welsh around 13hh. I am to 13 this year and i have an arabian but because you are probably a biggina an arabian wouldnt be a good choice. I really dont think that you would need somthing old as my sister trains ponies and she just sold a 4yo pony to a complete bigina.The pony she sold was very quiet and i rode him alot, so i dont think that you would need something old just somthing that is safe. But yeah i think welsh maybe riding pony im not sure because i live in Australia and im not sure what horses you have where you live.
Don't get an Arabian!!!They are hot bloded horses and are not good for beginers,Mabye a Quarter horse ar welsh. Age is what you need to look for,you should get one around 15 or mabye even 20 years old.
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OK i am also 13 and i have 3 horses, the ones to eliminate would be...Arabian, shetland pony, appaloosa (usually very mean), mustang, thoroughbred, those about the only bad ones but i have an ex theraputic riding horse she is excellent she is a Morgan then two good quaterhorses but walkers, hanoverian, fox trotter, rock mountain, Australian stock horse or pony, paint-pinto,palamino,polo pony,fjords are also good but its not exactlly the breed we have also found out that mares are better or at least in our case and that it mainly matters on the level of training and handling and if they we treated right but best of luck w/finding a horse
So what ages like my stepgrandma said 8-11 would be ok. My mo wants to get me one that would be good to start with and she wants me to start by going to a stable and practicing on a older school horse. Since i am able to ride but still i have alot to learn. I am looking into welsh. Thank you for the info.
Basset, I was looking at some rescues and I am thinking that would be a good option. Still i would wait al least a year before i got to practice with a school horse :)
sadieboo1- Those breeds you suggested for her not to get, aren't nessarly mean. It just depends on the horse. Some of the nicest horses I have ever met are appalooas. And I currently own a throughbred horse, and shes really nice. So it depends on the horse. You can't just eliminate a horse because you have met some not-so-friendly horses of that breed.
Like other have said I suggest that you get an older horse that is 13+. One thats been through it all. YOu may think that you don't want to get an older horse becuase of slowness, or something. But really most horses live to be in there late 20's. So if you got a 15 year old horse, it would have aprox. 10-15 years to live.
I found my horse on www.equine.com , we emailed the people, and then went to their ranch and saw the horse, and decided to buy it. So dont' be afraid that the people on there are going to be internet predators or scammers. I mean watch out for it, but dont completly eliminate it from your options.
Also you might want to go to a local livestock auction to look for horses.
::EDIT:: Also, make sure you get a gelding or a mare. Stallions are a no, they can be hard to handle, and they definitly aren't good for beginners. THe only reason to get one is if you are going to breed your horse, and even then you can find some good local studs.
Well as far as breeds I have an appy/morgan that is so tame it is sickening. I wasn't shopping breeds when I got her. I was looking at disposistions. Like so many others Arabians are beautiful, but they are well high spirited and they will back fire. This may sound strange but when it comes to seeing if a horse is gently I see if the horse will lay there head on my shoulder. This is usually a good sign. Also I run my hand under there belly and inside there haunches to see how sciddish they are. A horse temperment sometimes varies simply with owners. The best thing to do is spend some time at stables and with people that have horses. Get used to them and see which ones take to you.
Every summer I used to train yearlings to ride, my cousins and I were each in charge of our own horses and I got stuck with the crazy one. She would drag me (i was 15) around pulling at her halter or bridle, she hated being ridden. It took a lot of work and being bucked off, but now she is a trail horse at a camp for disabled children. I'm not sure the breed, but she was blackish brown,lol. I would suggest a retired therapy horse, or an older one that is used to being ridden.
I don't know what Arabians you have all been around but my 6 year old purebred Arabian is a great riding horse for my daughter and sister, my daughter is only 5 and my sister is 11 and she has never done anything to hurt them. They can ride her bare back, saddled and you can pretty much do anything to this horse she is so gentle. This horse will take care of you in the saddle and on the ground she's mother goose lol. I love Arabians and I have owned 5 of them in my life. None of my Arabian have ever hurt anyone or anything.
Breed really doesn't matter. Try a retired school horse. Yes they are older, but usually well worth the money. I have a 10yr old qh/paint mix, and she was nothing the people said. She will be used as a lesson horse this summer, and is the most wonderful horse I could have found. I love her to death. Breed is the least of your worries, any horse can be a good horse if it has the right start, and the right training. Ride and have a vet look at anything you are interested in. Many great horses are in need of homes right now. Even rescues have some great bomb proof horses once in a while.
That is exactly right. Training is everything. Though some breeds tend to be higher strung than others. Like Arabs and Thoroughbreds. Even when old and well trained, they can be a handful for a young child.
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I have tried to ride a horse once, and unfortunately it only ended with picture taking only because I was very afraid that it may run away so fast and worst is if I'll be dumped in the mud. I don't have the confidence yet on riding the horse but I actually want to. So,now I've been wondering how can I make friend with the horse since it has been my childhood dream of riding the horse and having one of them too.
Jenny, the best thing to do is find a good schooling barn and take lessons. You have to learn to crawl before you can walk. I have been riding for almost 30yrs, and they are most wonderful creatures (next to a dog of course) in the world. Unfortunatly with riding, you will fall, you will get stepped on. It is just part of the fun.
Taking lesson and learning basic horsemanship is the best thing you can do before purchasing a horse. Being afraid and inexperianced is never a good time to purchase a horse of your own. It will only end up bad. There are alot of bad horse people out there that will try to pull one over on you.