Physical Characteristics: Compact body; wedge-shaped head; short back with sloping shoulders and powerful hindquarters Largely bred for racing, a thoroughbred might turn out to be more horse than most beginners can handle.
And in most cases, you should pass on a retired racehorse that is trained to bolt at the crack of a starter pistol. However, there are some quiet and steady thoroughbreds that make great first horses.
These horses are typically attentive, social, and have a strong desire to please their caretakers. These horses are generally easy to care for, and health issues are rare.
Physical Characteristics: Smooth lines; small ears; expressive eyes; crested neck Kentucky mountain horses are a gained breed, which means they have a four-beat hoof movement for a smoother ride.
Physical Characteristics: Muscular, compact body; flat facial profile; arched neck; deep chest; well-sloped shoulders The Missouri fox trotter horse is another gained breed for a comfortable ride.
With its head down and tail up, the horse steps deliberately with one always foot in contact with the ground. This horse has a friendly, gentle disposition and is a great choice for families.
Physical Characteristics: Straight facial profile; pointy ears; muscular body; short back; sloped shoulders Justus de Cuveland/Getty Images Icelandic horses are sure-footed, long-lived, and resistant to harsh conditions.
They descend from Shetland ponies, and their small stature makes them feel less imposing to new riders. Their special step is called a “told,” which is a sped-up walk that offers a level ride even over rocky terrain.
Australian Scenic/Getty Images Clydesdale's often have a quiet demeanor that beginners enjoy. These horses tend to be forgiving of a beginner’s mistakes and are generally calm and steady.
In general, beginners should avoid untrained and highly spirited horses, as they can be difficult for even veteran equestrians. Similarly, the athleticism of Andalusian horses can make them difficult to manage for beginners.
This muscular, athletic, and graceful horse has been existing for more than 500 years and originated from Great Britain in the 17th century. These medium profile horses with an athletic body were bred especially for their racing qualities.
Bay, brown, chestnut, black, and gray are common colors for Thoroughbred with white blazes and markings on the face and legs. Having a relatively fast metabolism, these horses require more amount of quality nutrition and feeding.
With high intellect and strong work ethics, these hot-blooded horses are too spirited, bold, ad agile and cannot be handled by the beginners or kids. A few health issues bother the Thoroughbred horse breeders like having an abnormally small heart contributing to circulatory ailments, short hooves causing soreness, and some behavioral issues that become a hindrance in training the horses.
Equine Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy is a common health problem of huge horses like Clydesdale. The Clydesdale horses have a hardworking nature, and they have been used in the fields and agriculture for logging, hauling, and pulling the carts.
This horse breed has a refined sleek body and it is famous for its unique trot followed by a beautiful high-stepping action. The eye-catching performance of high-stepping action has also been presented in the show rings and has gained more fame for this horse breed.
But, this high-stepping action can cause hooves injury, arthritis, joint problems, and muscle stiffness if not taken care of properly. The Hackney horse has a dark solid-colored coat of black, bay, or chestnut shades.
The silky, thick, and black tail and mane are also prominent features of a Frisian’s body. Today, this beautiful horse breed is used for presentation in the show rings, dressage, exhibitions, race competitions, and also for pleasure riding.
This horse is acceptable in many colors like gray, palomino, chestnut, skewbald, and bay. It has an ambling gait that helps to cover a long distance in a short time.
They have a calm temperament loaded with friendly behavior, loyalty, intelligence, and gentleness. These horses are used in wars, hunting, transportation, pleasure riding, show rings, and competitions.
It has an athletic strong body, and they are used for transportation, barrel racing, combined driving, jumping, equine sports, and trail riding. The Paint horses are vulnerable to some health issues like lethal white syndrome, a foal ailment with underdeveloped intestines, and hyperkalemic periodic paralysis that causes muscle twitching.
The American Quarter Horse Association is known as the largest breed registry in the world at present. This horse breed is very popular for having a calm and gentle demeanor, friendliness, and being easy for the trainers.
The Tennessee walking horse has gained popularity for its unique, versatile, and interesting gait styles. This origin of this breed lies in the Bluegrass Region of Tennessee in the late 19th century.
The farmers wanted a breed for a smooth ride as well as a good farm working horse. Tennessee Walking horse appears in a variety of colors like chestnut, bay, black, gray, dun, roan, white, and many others.
With increased speed, the horse changes its gait to a gliding motion which is safe for the rider. Hyperkalemic periodic paralysis, malignant hyperthermia, and Polysaccharide storage myopathy are some well-known diseases that the Tennessee Walking horses are prone to.
The smooth gaits of the Tennessee Walking horse are considered to be helpful for the older riders and the people suffering from spinal issues and back pains.