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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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Shire Horse, Mare, 3 years, 18 hh, Black
F: SCHUMANNS ERAGON | MF: PENRHOS BRAVEHEART
Leisure - Breeding
DE-45529
Hattingen
€10,000
~ £8,521
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Andalusian, Mare, 3 years, 15.1 hh, Brown Leisure - Dressage - Working Equitation
DE-91809
Wellheim
€5,000 to €10,000
price range ~£4,260 to £8,521
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Andalusian, Stallion, 2 years, 15.3 hh, Perlino Leisure - Western - Baroque - Working Equitation
Lizz Handschmann
ES-07640
Mallorca
€10,500
~ £8,947
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English Thoroughbred, Mare, 4 years, 16 hh, Chestnut-Red Leisure - Dressage - Jumping - Endurance
Karo Linen
DE-53291
Möser
€6,000
~ £5,113 ONO
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Arabian horses, Gelding, 4 years, 15.2 hh, Chestnut-Red
F: KAMERTON | MF: MIR KHAN
Leisure - Dressage - Endurance
AT-9900
Lavant
€2,500
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P.R.E., Stallion, 3 years, 14.2 hh, Bay-Dark Leisure - Driving - Western - Working Equitation
Lizz Handschmann
ES-07770
Menorca
€4,500
~ £3,834
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English Thoroughbred, Gelding, 3 years, 16 hh, Gray-Dark-Tan
F: OUTSTRIP (GB) 2011 | MF: DAI JIN (GB) 2000
Leisure - Dressage - Jumping - Eventing
Merle Busse
DE-38542
Leiferde
€6,500
~ £5,539
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English Thoroughbred, Mare, 5 years, 16 hh, Brown
F: WIENER WALZER (GER) 2006 | MF: BARATHEA (IRE) 1990
Leisure - Dressage - Jumping - Eventing
Merle Busse
DE-38542
Leiferde
€6,000
~ £5,113
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English Thoroughbred, Mare, 5 years, 16 hh, Chestnut-Red
F: CAMPANOLOGIST (USA) 2005 | MF: PIVOTAL (GB) 1993
Leisure - Dressage - Jumping - Eventing
Merle Busse
DE-38542
Leiferde
€5,500
~ £4,686
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English Thoroughbred, Gelding, 11 years, 16.2 hh, Brown
F: PASSING GLANCE (GB) 1999 | MF: SELKIRK (USA) 1988
Leisure - Dressage - Jumping - Eventing
Merle Busse
DE-38542
Leiferde
€4,500
~ £3,834
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Noriker, Mare, 8 years, 15.2 hh, Black Leisure - Breeding
Sandra Hesselbarth
DE-94137
Bayerbach
€8,500
~ £7,243
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Other Breeds, Gelding, 7 years, 15.1 hh, Chestnut-Red Leisure - Driving
Sandra Hesselbarth
DE-94137
Bayerbach
€7,500
~ £6,391
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Haflinger, Mare, 3 years, 14.2 hh, Chestnut-Red
F: STARLOOK | MF: WOERTHERSEE
Leisure - Breeding
Südtiroler Haflinger Pferdezuchtverband
IT-39100
Bozen/Südtirol
€6,500
~ £5,539
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Donkey, Mare, 10 years, 10.1 hh, Grullo Leisure - Western
Ricarda Haas
DE-56317
Linkenbach
€1,700
~ £1,449
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More ponies/small horses, Mare, 3 years, 14.2 hh, Chestnut Leisure
DE-73574
Iggingen
€5,000 to €10,000
price range ~£4,260 to £8,521
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Andalusian, Mare, 5 years, 12.3 hh, Red Dun Leisure
Ljs Boerenhof
BE-1670
Heikruis
€2,750
~ £2,343
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Andalusian, Mare, 4 years, 10.2 hh, Tobiano-all-colors Leisure
Ljs Boerenhof
BE-1670
Heikruis
€1,650
~ £1,406
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Andalusian, Mare, 5 years, 14.1 hh, Buckskin Leisure
Ljs Boerenhof
BE-1670
Heikruis
€3,000
~ £2,556
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Andalusian, Mare, 11 years, 15.1 hh, Palomino Leisure
Ljs Boerenhof
BE-1670
Heikruis
€4,750
~ £4,047
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Irish Sport Horse, Gelding, 5 years, 16.1 hh, Brown Leisure - Dressage - Jumping - Eventing
DE-31008
Elze Esbeck
€6,500
~ £5,539
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English Thoroughbred, Gelding, 9 years, 15.2 hh, Chestnut-Red Leisure
DE-79802
Dettighofen
€3,450
~ £2,940 ONO
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Mini Shetland Pony, Gelding, 13 years, Black Leisure - Driving
DE-86833
Ettringen
€1,500
~ £1,278 ONO
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Spanish Sporthorse, Gelding, 11 years, 16 hh, Black Leisure - Dressage - Jumping - Working Equitation
DE-76646
Bruchsal
€7,500
~ £6,391 ONO
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Andalusian, Gelding, 12 years, 15.1 hh, Chestnut-Red Leisure - Western - Working Equitation - Doma Vaquera
DE-76646
Bruchsal
€7,500
~ £6,391 ONO
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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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