Acquired: Horse's previous owner
Posted Sep 19, 2015
I purchased an American Quarter horse from her previous owner. She turned out to be the perfect family horse. Her temperament was amazing. We have five children from ages 15 down to 5. All of the kids were able to ride her without any problems.
Horses needed to be wormed often, so this is an expense you will need to expect. Their feet also need to be taken care of, so you will need a farrier to come out and trim her feet and put shoes on. Depending on the terrain you will be riding on, your horse may also need shoes. If you do not have tack, this equipment is expensive. You should ensure you have the funds to properly care for and ride your horse prior to buying a horse.
Our family isn't into competitions or events. We had horses for our pleasure. Our American Quarter horse did not disappoint. She was fast enough for our older riders, but was slow and gentle with our young riders.
I would definitely recommend an American Quarter horse, but please have your vet check the horse before purchase. There are many people who will sell a horse that isn't sound or has other health problems to new owners who may not know what they should be looking for. A quick vet check could protect your family's wallet and hearts.