9 Horses for Inexperienced Handlers and Riders

Beginners admire Clydesdales' gentleness. These horses are calm and forgiving. They're too little. Larger horses are harder to fit and equip. Tall horses may be terrifying or hard to ride.


Long-lived, sure-footed Icelandic horses. Some can't be ridden until age 4 and survive to 40. Height doesn't intimidate beginners. Shuffling Icelanders. Their distinctive step is a speeded-up stroll.

Icelandic Horse

Another comfortable gaited breed is the Missouri fox trotter. Its characteristic foxtrot gait. The horse walks with its head down and tail up, keeping one foot on the ground. This calm horse is great for families.

Missouri Fox Trotter 

Gaited Kentucky mountain horses are smoother. While riding, your body barely moves. These horses are good for back and joint pain. Examiners require this breed's calm demeanour.

Kentucky Mountain Saddle

The Morgan is a fantastic family horse. These horses are alert, gregarious, and eager. Beginners are welcome. Riders with competence respond swiftly. They rarely get sick.


Paint horses are heavily quarter horse-bred. They're social and relaxed. They may create deep ties and are good with kids. It's a smart, easy-to-train breed.

American Paint

Thoroughbreds are racehorses and not for beginners. Avoid retired racehorses that bolt at gunfire. Non-racing thoroughbreds make peaceful first horses.


Fiery Arabs. Fast warhorses. Trustworthy and calm Arabs abound. A relaxed horse is less easily shocked. Depending on their temperament, geldings are good beginner horses.


English and Western riders like the American quarter horse. Quarter horses are good beginners. Active ones These horses are adaptable, dexterous, and reliable.

American Quarter Horse

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