There are several different breeds of horses out there, and it might be kind of confusing to try and find the right breed for you if you’re a beginner. The best thing to do is to look for a breed that is noted for its versatility and for its sound mind and body. Your stock breeds are always good for this. That includes your Appaloosa, your quarter horse, your paint, your Palomino, etc. Any of these breeds would be appropriate.
You never want to get a horse that’s too young. A horse that’s too young, or doesn’t have much experience, is going to walk all over an inexperienced rider. Accidents may happen to the horse, and as the rider, you always want to get a horse that’s a little older, preferably in their teen years. Horses can live into their 30’s and be quite functional up until that time. So it’s okay to get a horse that is in its teens. That would be quite acceptable, and it would be a safe horse for the rider. You also want to make sure that if you are looking for a horse because you want to accomplish some specific goals, that the horse you choose has accomplished those goals. And make sure you don’t try to train it yourself if you’re inexperienced. It’s best to have an experienced horse that can help train you and that you can learn on.
Do not perform a “death grip” on a horse: If you have a death grip on your horse, your horse will begin to feel claustrophobic and it can make them feel very tense. So do not continually perform a death grip on the reins because it may become a habit over time from the early stages of beginner riding. Try not to be desperate and rummage around with a death grip, try instead to mask your position.
Vary your riding lessons: Many people are only exposed to one way of writing, and they develop the mindset that this is the only way they’re going to ride. If you have lessons from a few different instructors from the beginning, you get more of a general overall idea, rather than knowing how to ride only a specific way. With this approach, you get the general idea of what writing is about, not what that instructor wants you to think.
Learn how to handle the horses on the ground: Many people come in and they’re very willing to ride the horse and have lessons, however, they are not willing to check the horse on the ground. Your riding will improve immensely if you learn how to keep your horse on the ground. For many different reasons, you will begin to understand why a horse might be acting a certain way if you master grounding horses.