Which Horse Breeds Are Ideal for Riding?

American Quarter Horse:

Popular in the U.S., versatile for English and Western riding, great for beginners due to their calm temperament, but some can be energetic.

Arabian:

Known for speed and endurance, they are often seen as "hot-headed," but many are quiet and reliable, especially geldings.

Thoroughbred:

Primarily bred for racing, often too energetic for novices; non-racing types can be calm and suitable for beginners.

American Paint:

A mix with American quarter horses, they are calm, sociable, good with children, and easy to train with their intelligent nature.

Morgan:

Ideal for families, Morgans are attentive, social, eager to please, forgiving for beginners, and responsive for experienced riders.

Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse:

Gaited for a smooth ride, gentle, and favored by older riders or those with joint issues due to their easygoing nature.

Missouri Fox Trotter Horse:

Known for their comfortable "foxtrot" gait, they are friendly and gentle, making them great for family riding.

Icelandic Horse:

Hardy and long-lived, they offer a smooth "tolt" gait and mature later; their smaller size makes them less intimidating for new riders.