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4 Best Horse Breeds for Beginners

by Dani Buckley

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Horses are a great addition to your life and family. They help with exercise, building self-confidence and even stress relief. If you’re looking to get into the equine world but you’re not sure where to begin or what breed of horse to buy, we’ve compiled a list of the four best horse breeds for beginners. 

American Quarter Horse

American Quarter Horse buckskin Stallion running

The Quarter Horse is a great choice for a beginner. They are versatile and can be used in just about every discipline. They are also calm and hard working. Quarter Horses are even-tempered and don’t stand too tall (about 15hh), which is important when building confidence, especially if you are afraid of heights. Quarter Horses are flashy and come in just about any color you can think of too, making them a great horse breed for beginners!

Brown American Quarter Horse

For more information on this unique breed, check out our article 8 Things You DIdn’t Know About The Quarter Horse

Tennessee Walking Horse

Tennessee_Walking_Horse2Tennessee Walking Horses are warm-blooded but kind. They are smooth when it comes to being gaited, so beginners will feel more comfortable in the saddle. This breed is also understanding and willing to do what is asked of them. Tennessee Walkers are flashy and can be used in many different areas of the equestrian world, making them one of the best horse breeds for beginners.

For more information on this fascinating breed, check out our article 6 Things You Didn’t Know About The Tennessee Walking Horse

American Paint Horse

Lovely paint horse with western bridle

Looking for some color and good temperament? The American Paint Horse is another great candidate for a beginner. These horses are docile and loyal to their owners. In fact, it’s for this reason that they were used by Native Americans, as they are smart and able to learn quickly. Paint horses can be used in many different ways. If you’re looking to make a strong bond with a horse, buying a Paint is the way to go.

An American Paint horse in the pasture.

We can’t stop looking at these beautiful paint horses! Check out our article 15 Breathtaking Images Of Paint Horses for more cool pictures of this incredible breed!



Charming and flashy, Appaloosa horses are another great choice for a beginner. These horses are docile and willing. They are also loyal and able to bond with their owners. Appaloosas can be used in just about any direction, and who can resist the spots? Appaloosas are a fantastic horse breed for beginners.

An Appaloosa Horse eating in wild pastures in French Alps.

Check out our article 8 Things You Didn’t Know About The Appaloosa for more information on this remarkable breed! 

More advice for beginners

Interested in pursuing a horseback riding hobby or purchasing your own horse? It’s always a good idea to start with lessons, so you don’t make any critical mistakes that can easily be avoided. 

Take lessons

Before diving into the commitment of owning a horse, it is always a good idea to take riding lessons first. A good riding instructor can teach you all the basics starting at the ground up including hoof care, anatomy, proper grooming techniques, how to saddle and proper posture and leg pressure. Once you have been hooked and addicted to everything horses, it’s time to buy a horse of your own.

A woman rides on a painted horse through Zion Canyon in Zion National Park, Utah.

Buying your first horse

When buying your first horse, it’s best to think about your goals and what you want to do with your horse. Stay away from hot-blooded horses like Arabians and Thoroughbreds as they are high spirited and fiery. A green horse may also not be the best choice for your first horse either. Remember the priority is to have a horse that helps you gain experience while boosting your confidence, such as the previously mentioned horse breeds that are great with beginners.

beautiful brown and white colored paint horse

Buying a horse is so exciting. We have all these dreams of what we want to do with them as soon as they step off the trailer. Having horses is the best part of our lives. As a right-out beginner, remember, master the trot before a gallop. Did we miss any other great horse breeds for beginners? Let us know in the comments below.

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