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Leisure horses for sale

There’s a saying that there’s no finer way to view the countryside than from the back of a horse. Many horse riders enjoy riding for its own sake, rather than taking part in competitions. Riders who want to ride out for sheer pleasure buy a leisure horse so that they can share their lives with an equine partner. This is often the first step into horse ownership for anyone who has previously ridden at a riding school. These are frequently the best places to find people who will sell a leisure horse that is good-natured and reliable, as former riding school horses often make ideal leisure horses.

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Lusitano, Stallion, 6 years, 15.2 hh, Black
F: QUEIJEIRO | MF: QUINTA-FEIRA
Leisure
PT-2130-126
Benavente
€20,000
~ $23,450 ONO
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Andalusian, Gelding, 9 years, 15.1 hh, Brown Leisure - Dressage - Baroque - Working Equitation
Lizz Handschmann
ES-07640
Mallorca
€14,000
~ $16,415
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P.R.E., Stallion, 13 years, 16.1 hh, Gray Leisure
Spanische Pferde Deutschland
DE-23795
Bad Segeberg / Traventhal
€10,000 to €15,000
price range ~$11,725 to $17,588
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Other Warmbloods, Stallion, 4 years, 16.1 hh, Bay-Dark Leisure - Dressage - Driving - Jumping
Krzysztof Pruchnik
PL-38-131
Gogołów
zł20,000
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Arabian horses, Mare, 5 years, 14.2 hh, Brown
F: ONTARIO HF | MF: POGANIN
Leisure - Breeding - Endurance
Hägerhof
DE-37412
Herzberg am Harz
€7,000
~ $8,208
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Welsh D (Cob), Gelding, 24 years, 14.2 hh, Brown Leisure
Belinda Banse
DE-31542
Bad Nenndorf Horsten
€1,800
~ $2,111 ONO
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Fjord Horses, Gelding, 14 years, 14.2 hh, Dun Leisure
Alfred Bernhard
DE-73574
Iggingen
€5,000 to €10,000
price range ~$5,863 to $11,725
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Andalusian Mix, Gelding, 13 years, 15 hh, Gray Leisure - Dressage - Baroque
Charlotte Macho
ES-46184
Valencia
€2,500
~ $2,931 ONO
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Haflinger, Mare, 10 years, 14 hh, Palomino Leisure
B Boßmann, MJanssen GbR
DE-54570
Betteldorf
€4,500
~ $5,276
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Hanoverian, Gelding, 7 years, 17 hh, Black
F: GRAF GALEN | MF: RUBINSTEIN
Leisure - Dressage - Jumping - Vaulting
Josef Spielberger
DE-93161
Sinzing
€10,000 to €15,000
price range ~$11,725 to $17,588
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Spanish Sporthorse Mix, Stallion, 3 years, 15.3 hh, Cremello TOP CDE 3 Y CREMELLO 1,62 M
F: PABULO | MF: DESCONOCIDA
Leisure - Dressage - Western - Working Equitation
TROYAN STABLES BVBA
BE-8958
HEUVELLAND
€10,000 to €15,000
price range ~$11,725 to $17,588
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Straight Egyptian, Mare, Foal (01/2021), 15 hh, Smoky-Black
F: GR ISHAD (RAPPE)
Leisure - Western - Breeding
ARABERGESTÜT ROTHENBERG
DE-86653
Monheim
€5,000 to €10,000
price range ~$5,863 to $11,725
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German Sport Horse, Mare, 5 years, 15.1 hh, Bay-Dark
F: FLORISCOUNT | MF: MONTY
Leisure - Breeding
DE-09306
Seelitz
€6,000
~ $7,035
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P.R.E. Mix, Stallion, 12 years, 15.2 hh, Bay-Dark Leisure - Dressage - Working Equitation
DE-52511
Geilenkirchen
€4,900
~ $5,745 ONO
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More ponies/small horses, Gelding, 4 years, 15.1 hh, Gray-Dapple Leisure
Sportpferde Macherhammer
AT-5142
Eggelsberg
€5,000 to €10,000
price range ~$5,863 to $11,725
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German Classic Pony, Mare, 17 years, Gray Leisure - Dressage - Jumping
Rick de Jong
NL-6114an
susteren
€2,500
~ $2,931
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Spanish Sporthorse, Gelding, 6 years, 15.1 hh, Gray-Blue-Tan Leisure - Dressage - Jumping
Rick de Jong
NL-6114an
susteren
€5,250
~ $6,156
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Trakehner, Mare, 13 years, 16 hh, Black Leisure - Dressage
Sebastian Kainberger
AT-4202
Pelmberg
€8,000
~ $9,380
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Heavy Warmblood, Gelding, 4 years, 16 hh, Smoky-Black Leisure
Pferdehandel
DE-84092
Bayerbach
€6,900
~ $8,090 ONO
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Shetland Ponies, Mare, 11 years, 9.1 hh, Chestnut Leisure
Pferdehandel
DE-84092
Bayerbach
€1,650
~ $1,935 ONO
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Mule, Gelding, 10 years, 15.2 hh, Brown Falb mold Leisure - Western
Ricarda Haas
DE-56317
Linkenbach
€5,600
~ $6,566
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Use and characteristics of Leisure Horses

Before deciding to buy a leisure horse, first time purchasers should be realistic about their own capabilities. Choosing the right horse is dependent on factors such as the physical fitness, height and weight of the rider. A horse or pony for leisure riding can be any height or colour, though some breeds have been developed to cater for the pleasure rider. Cobs of various kinds are popular in the UK. A good source of suppliers who will sell a leisure horse or pony can be found in the British and European native breed societies. Regional breeds such as the Highland, the Basque Pottok and the German Classic pony are good choices for family ponies. American breeds like the Rocky Mountain Horse make great leisure horses for trail riding, too.

Origin and history of breeding Leisure Horses

Horse riding was once an everyday activity for most people. Men, women and children all rode horses until the arrival of the car. Even those who didn’t own horses may have travelled on horseback. Records show that when maidservants needed to move from one job to the next, they would travel as “half a pack” seated on the back of a pack horse. People rode for pleasure, and they also rode because they needed to get from one place to another, often over great distances. The only alternative was to walk or to ride in a coach, and not everyone could afford that. Riding as a leisure activity began after the invention of the steam train in the early nineteenth century made long-distance travel a lot faster and more comfortable. People continued riding for other reasons. They would dress up and ride in places such as Hyde Park, or enjoy a canter along the beach simply for the pleasure of riding. There was already a stock of suitable riding horses since breeders had been producing reliable, sound riding horses for as long as people had ridden! In Britain, horses for everyday riding were – and are – called hacks. Some were simply sound, sensible horses, while others were showier, for people who were park riders. Elsewhere in the world, reliable horses for travelling long distances were still being bred, especially in those areas where there was not yet a railway network. Horses with smooth gaits like the Icelandic horse and the American gaited breeds are very comfortable to ride. These countries did not lose their traditions of gaited riding horses, unlike Britain and parts of Europe where these breeds had disappeared, probably by the eighteenth century, in favour of trotting horses. Today leisure riders are rediscovering the comfort of riding gaited horses that amble and rack.

Leisure Horses in equestrianism

No leisure horse needs to be a member of a particular breed. Those who ride for pleasure simply want a sensible, kind and willing horse as a partner to view the world.

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