Best Horse Breeds for Beginner Riders
If you are at all interested in horses you probably already have a favorite breed. This might be a horse you admire for its beauty or talent, but it might not be a horse breed suited for a beginner rider.
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Keep in mind this is for general information only, within every breed there are exceptions to the rule. Every horse breed has the potential to have some great horses for beginners as well as some that will be disastrous.
Quarter Horses are generally considered one of the most level headed horses. They are more common in North America and are an ideal horse for the Western rider. However to say that every rider should start out on a Quarter Horse is wrong. A lot of riders have no interest in starting out on such a horse, and not every Quarter Horse is safe for novice riders. There are many riding lesson stables that use Thoroughbreds, Arabians, Morgans, and so forth, but most use “Grade” horses, which we will discuss below.
So let us immediately scrap our title of “Best Horse Breeds” and instead look at “Best Horses” for beginner riders.
Geldings are what we call stallions whose testicles have been removed. They tend to be more level headed than mares (who can be moody) and less dangerous than stallions.
Older horses who have had good training, but are now past their years of going to shows, or whatever, are often good mounts for beginner riders. They are usually more relaxed, less interested in being playful or silly (bucking/kicking). Older horses are often gentle, and willing to plod around in circles with a novice rider who is just getting their balance.
When we speak of horses with no known breeding we call them “Grade” horses. Many of these horses make terrific mounts for novice riders. As these horses were not bred to compete in the breed shows, or races, they are often used more as pleasure riding mounts, and therefore tend to be good for beginners. Of course, as with any breed, other factors must be considered, but Grade horses are typically one of the most commonly used in riding lessons and trail rides.
So there you have it, there really is no “Best Horse Breed” for somebody who is learning to ride horses. All horses must be considered. The best horses for beginners are ones that are level headed and reliable, horses that have been well trained, and handled with care.
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