Why Quarter Horses are So Popular for Learning to Ride
The biggest reason is their even temperament and overall versatility, making them easy to find in addition to being easy to ride. Like any horse breed, there will still be a good amount of variance in size, gait, and temperament. You can find Quarter Horses that may be too timid or too strong for a rider of any given preference. Generally, you’ll want to start with an even temperament and reliable horse, but talk to the stable hand or stablemaster about where you are in the learning process and what type of horse you imagine doing well with. Then, listen to what the local experts who work with the horses on a regular basis have to say. This is a standard part of horse-riding lessons
The Quarter Horse is kind of like man’s best friend in a horse instead of a dog. They’re loyal and willing to work to get the job done even when hot or tired. Less of a concern for the beginner, intermediate- and even many expert-level riders need to be careful to not overwork their horse. But they’re also intelligent and sensible enough to help riders avoid most of the trouble that’s lurking out there.
By contrast, Arabian horses are known for having stronger or “hotter” personalities that take a longer time and more patience, if not more skill, in working with the animal. Typically, it’s only after someone has been riding for some time that they become interested in truly exploring the different gaits and riding styles that come with various horse breeds.
Children will tend to do better and learn better long-term habits by learning on a horse of smaller stature, a pony or miniature horse. Though not technically a Quarter Horse, miniature horse breeds are often described as being one of two types—Arabian-style or Quarter-style horses.