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Trying to decide on a breed

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  • Trying to decide on a breed

    If you had $10k to spend on a young prospect (unstarted)...what would you buy and why? I'm leaning toward a friesian because of their puppy dog temperament, good feet and low feed bill...but i love warmbloods. Maybe a lipizzaner or an andalusian but i really cant decide.

  • #2
    Have you considered Irish? Yes they do dressage, no they are not all Gypsy Vanners
    I wasn't always a Smurf
    Penmerryl Sophie RIDSH
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    • #3
      Morgan! Great minds, sound bodies, and they love a challenge!


      • #4
        Oldenburg or RPSI from Green Stone Farm in VA! Lots of lovely dressage prospects for reasonable prices.


        • #5
          How about a Cheval Canadien?
          SOLID horses, great feet, very healthy, hearty. GREAT minds, very versatile. Super easy keepers.

          You can find an unstarted or started youngster well within your budget.

          I picked up a greenie 4yo last year for less than half your budget who is picking up super scores at licensed shows this year. He's calm and easy at the shows. All of mine have super minds.
          True North Dressage
          Select Cheval Canadiens for dressage and eventing


          • #6
            I second Irish


            • #7
              half arab or arab, love their people and have lots of try


              • #8
                I would buy a horse and not a breed. (i.e. I don't care about breed)
                The Little Red Mare: French Curve

                and my non-horse blog: oh, rebecca!


                • #9
                  A better way to go at it!!!!

                  How about going to look at horses. Horses with good conformation, great way of going, temperament to suit your expectations. When you find one, try it and find it suitable, then figure out what breed it is.

                  And there, voila`, is your breed of choice. So simple!!!!!
                  Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

                  Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.


                  • Original Poster

                    merrygoround...you're so right...i like the way you think I have to narrow it down a smidgen though for shopping purposes. If anyone sees anything nice on the east coast feel free to send it my way


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by BMargieRad View Post
                      Morgan! Great minds, sound bodies, and they love a challenge!
                      I second morgans!


                      • #12
                        You've got to post more specifics of what you want/need/goals for this young prospect if you want people to post anything beyond what they personally love/own. And how young are you willing to go? If you want a GP prospect for $10,000 you may be looking at weanlings.

                        In my experience Friesians are great for the reasons you listed. But aren't usually forward, self-propelled types. At least 9 out of 10 Friesian I see under saddle need spurs and a whip. Lots of people love a ride like that. If your preference is a forward, sensitive ride, this may not be the best direction to go.


                        • Original Poster

                          I agree that friesians can be lazy...but any horse can be sensitized to the aids of trained properly. Heck, Jane savoie rides one and he's lovely! I'm looking for a nice, solid, sturdy horse who can do a little bit of everything (and be pretty good at it). Looking for 2010 models and older...prefer unstarted but lightly started isn't a big deal. A big, sturdy warmblood would be my top pick as i love them, but with one super high maintenance warmblood already to take care of, i'd like something that's a little bit more ... rugged.


                          • #14
                            What do you want to do?

                            If you want to make it to second level in one piece, have a horse who willingly expresses affection, can usually go barefoot go for the half arab with show miles. THere are plenty of them out there.

                            If you want the WOW factor go for the Friesian with the faults mentioned.

                            Need a larger solid athletic historical critter? Go for the Andy or the Lusitano.

                            Want to fit in with the conservative whip and spur group? Buy a WB.

                            Old School? Buy a TB, great minds lots of colors.

                            Dabble in Western dressage and still do well in open? Buy a QH.

                            THink you might want to Fox hunt or event some day? Go Irish.

                            I could go on and on. THey all have their good points and bad.
                            Last edited by horsefaerie; May. 7, 2012, 08:56 PM. Reason: schpeeling
                            “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
                            ? Albert Einstein


                            • Original Poster

                              mmm i do love a big, bulky irish


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Burbank View Post
                                half arab or arab, love their people and have lots of try
                                Seconding this! My National Show Horse (arab x saddlebred) is incredibly talented and athletic combo'd with huge amounts of try. He is as sweet as they come (seriously, my five year old can handle him with no issues). I swore I'd never have arab anything, but I wouldn't trade this horse for the world.
                                Proud member of the Snort and Blow Clique


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by ohrebecca View Post
                                  I would buy a horse and not a breed. (i.e. I don't care about breed)

                                  This but don't rule out ponies!
                                  --Luck is what happens when preparedness meets opportunity--


                                  • #18
                                    Completely concur with Arab or half Arab. Huge hearts, tons of athletic ability and well...beautiful to look at.


                                    • #19
                                      What are you looking for?

                                      Size requirement
                                      Build preference (well sprung ribs and a big body, or lean and on the narrow side)?
                                      Temperament (1-10 on hotness)
                                      Any other interests (trail riding, jumping, H/J, etc.)
                                      What are your goals

                                      If you are looking for a eventual 2nd level horse that is bright, sensitive, and forward who can also trail ride then an arabian sport horse might be the perfect match. If you want an upper level prospect that is dressage only, then maybe a purpose bred thoroughbred or warmblood might be a nice choice.

                                      So many variables to take into account. Without additional information we can only give you are personal preferences.

                                      If I remember correcting you have a 4 year old mare who started under saddle fairly recently. What aspects of her do you like/dislike?


                                      • #20
                                        luv where are you at? my guy is not a "dressage" horse but if you want to meet the great personality of a half arab you can come meet him