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Western horses for sale

Horses for western riding are agile and intelligent animals that work in harmony with their riders on a range of tasks. Historically, western-trained horses were essential on ranches and during long cattle drives across the American West. Finding a horse of the same calibre is key for those who buy a western horse today. Western riding has its own unique style and approach that is very different from English, or “hunter seat” riding. For this reason, people who sell a western horse are usually specialists who know about the history and requirements of this skilful riding style. Western horses are still used as working animals, as well as for trail riding and competing.

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Straight Egyptian, Gelding, 2 years, 14.3 hh, Chestnut-Red Western - Leisure - Endurance
DE-25474
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Quarter Horse, Gelding, 8 years, 14 hh, Palomino
F: DD ROCKERS COMMAND | MF: LOOK DAD
Western - Leisure
NL-8431 TX
Oosterwolde
€5,000 to €10,000
price range ~$5,863 to $11,725
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Paint Horse, Stallion, Foal (02/2021), 15.2 hh, Roan-Red
F: THEWAYYOUMOVEME | MF: JB MACHINE
Western - Western Pleasure - Trail
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DE-87490
Haldenwang
€5,000 to €10,000
price range ~$5,863 to $11,725
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Quarter Horse, Mare, Foal (04/2021), 14.3 hh, Overo-all-colors
F: BMS COOL GUN | MF: BADGER FAN FARE
Western - Reining - Trail - Ranch riding
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Haldenwang
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Quarter Horse, Stallion, Foal (05/2021), 14.2 hh, Brown
F: CHIP MUNK OLENA | MF: GM FRECKLES
Western - Leisure - Show
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Mustang (canadian), Stallion, Foal (07/2021), 15.1 hh, Pinto
F: ARI SUFFIELD MUSTANG
Western - Baroque - Working Equitation - Ranch riding
Udo Wetzel
DE-56244
Maxsain
€10,000 to €15,000
price range ~$11,725 to $17,588
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Paint Horse, Stallion, 5 years, 15.1 hh, Palomino
F: KIDS CLASSIC SUNDAY | MF: MR YELLA FELLA
Western - Western Pleasure - Western Hunter - Working Equitation
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Susteren
€9,999
~ $11,724
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Quarter Horse, Stallion, 1 year, Sorrel Performance horse potential
F: PLAY UPON A STAR | MF: DANBAR DK
Western - Reining - Cowhorse - Cutting
DK-7800
Skive
€4,800
~ $5,628
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Quarter Horse, Stallion, Foal (06/2021), 14.3 hh, Buckskin
F: CF TIVIOS PEPPY | MF: PAR MACK CUE
Western - Cowhorse - Working Equitation - Ranch riding
gbr bohl
DE-34326
Morschen
€4,600
~ $5,394
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Appaloosa Mix, Mare, 5 years, 15 hh, Gray-Blue-Tan
F: VIVENDUM JOY | MF: APPALOOSA
Western - Leisure - Reining - Western Pleasure
Danny Den dubbelden
DE-49824
Emlichheim
€7,500
~ $8,794
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Quarter Horse, Mare, 1 year, 14.2 hh, Brown
F: WILD AT THE BAR | MF: FOURTEEN KARAT JAC
Western - Leisure - Show
DE-64686
Lautertal
€8,000
~ $9,380 ONO
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Quarter Horse, Mare, Foal (04/2021), 15.1 hh, Bay-Dark
F: BLAZE EM ON | MF: A GOOD MACHINE
Western - Leisure - Show
DE-27211
Bassum
€9,500
~ $11,139 ONO
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Criollo, Mare, Foal (05/2021), Pinto
F: LA NEVADA EL REMOLINO DE NIEVE | MF: NEGRO NOSTALGIOSO
Western - Leisure - Show
DE-63920
Großheubach
€5,600
~ $6,566
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Quarter Horse, Stallion, 1 year, 15.1 hh, Brown
F: AINT IT THE BLUES | MF: DSS POCO LEO
Western - Leisure - Show
DE-15370
Fredersdorf-Vogelsdorf
€8,000
~ $9,380
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Quarter Horse, Stallion, 1 year, 14.2 hh, Brown
F: SH SHADOWS DRIFTY | MF: DESPERADO KING BARR
Western - Cowhorse
Simen Horses
DE-79585
Steinen
€6,000
~ $7,035 ONO
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Quarter Horse, Mare, 8 years, 14.2 hh, Bay-Dark
F: SPIRITS GOLD RUM | MF: LONE GLO
Western - Leisure - Cowhorse - Ranch riding
Sundown Valley Ranch
DE-83537
Kirchdorf
€10,000 to €15,000
price range ~$11,725 to $17,588
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Quarter Horse, Stallion, Foal (05/2021), 14.2 hh, Brown
F: CHIP MUNK OLENA | MF: GM FRECKLES
Western - Leisure - Show
DE-06618
Naumburg
€4,500
~ $5,276
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Half Arabs, Gelding, 5 years, 14.2 hh, Chestnut-Red Western - Leisure - Endurance
PL-46-034
Kopalina
zł12,000
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Paint Horse, Gelding, 10 years, 15.1 hh, Pinto Western - Leisure
Linda Dederichs
DE-53947
Nettersheim
€12,000
~ $14,070
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Quarter Horse Mix, Mare, 5 years, 14.2 hh, Buckskin Western - Dressage - Leisure - Trail
Frankie M
DE-46045
Oberhausen
€9,999
~ $11,724
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Paint Horse, Stallion, Foal (05/2021), 15 hh, Tobiano-all-colors
F: DOCSROYAL CHAMPMGR
Western - Reining - Cutting - Trail
Erich Heidinger
DE-84428
Buchbach
€9,250
~ $10,846
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Paint Horse, Mare, Foal (01/2021), 14.2 hh, Tovero-all-colors
F: PAINT EM ALL DUN
Western - Breeding - Cutting - Trail
Erich Heidinger
DE-84428
Buchbach
€9,250
~ $10,846
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Paint Horse, Mare, Foal (03/2021), 14.3 hh, Pinto
F: DOCSROYAL CHAMPMGR
Western - Breeding - Reining - Cutting
Erich Heidinger
DE-84428
Buchbach
€8,800
~ $10,318
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Quarter Horse, Stallion, Foal (04/2021), 15 hh, Roan-Bay
F: JOE COUGAR HANCOCK | MF: KOGAN ENTERPRISE
Western - Leisure - Show
DE-66916
Breitenbach
€7,500
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Quarter Horse, Mare, Foal (04/2021), 14.3 hh, Roan-Bay
F: AINT IT COPPERCHOC | MF: SPOOKS COW SMART
Western - Leisure - Show
DE-98673
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Use and characteristics of Western Horses

A western horse is one that is trained to work western style, rather than a particular breed, and so, in theory, they can be any height or colour. In practice, when riders buy a western horse, they are generally between 14.2 hands (58 inches/147 cm) and 15.2 hands (62 inches/152 cm) high. Taller horses are less suitable as working animals. Smaller animals with knees and hocks closer to the ground are speedy and more agile, making them best suited to the spectacular turns, rollbacks and sliding stops required. For the dedicated western rider, there are specialist breeders or trainers who will sell a western horse of one of the well-known American stock horse breeds such as Quarter Horses and Ponies, Quarabs, Mustangs or Colorado Rangerbreds.

Origin and history of breeding Western Horses

Today, western riding is still a practical form of horsemanship on ranches and it is also popular at shows and events. One of the notable differences between western and English riding styles is the use of dissimilar saddles and bridles. Western saddles developed for riders who needed to spend long hours in the saddle, carrying all their gear with them. These working saddles were deep-seated for safety and comfort. The developments in both western horse breeds and tack in the USA drew on various traditions, as America was a melting pot of people and their equestrian cultures, to which many horse types contributed. Barbs and British running horses are believed to have contributed to the Quarter Horse in the early days, while Mustangs were descended mainly from Spanish stock. Colorado Rangers, or Rangerbreds, had Barb, Arabian and spotted horse ancestry. All these breeds make fine western horses. Two schools of western horsemanship developed: the Texas and the California styles. In Texas horsemanship, cowboys were dependent on small, agile cow ponies, that are sometimes described as “cat-quick”. The rider trusted his mount to think ahead and to pick up on cues immediately. The horses responded to an indirect rein on the neck and went effortlessly in natural head carriage, the only contact with the bit coming when a stop was required. Riding in California was influenced by the Spanish Vacqueros, resulting in a spirited and stylish form of horsemanship. Their horses tended to be tall and elegant, chosen for visual appeal and grace. Training methods were different since Vacquero horses were started in a heavy bosal, a bitless bridle, before being gradually introduced to bits.

Western Horses in equestrianism

Today western horses still participate in practical activities such as cutting cows and tackling hazards on the trail. Cow cutting displays and obstacle courses are popular events. Alternatively, some horses participate in equitation classes where they can display their skill at performing the western gaits of walk, jog and lope. Western horses can also be seen in heritage and history parades.

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