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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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Quarter Horse, Gelding, 4 years, 16 hh, Sorrel Western - Cowhorse - Trail
J2 Performance & Versatility Horses
US-52202
Alburnett, IOWA
$5,000
~ £3,634
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Quarter Horse, Stallion, 1 year, 14.2 hh, Chestnut-Red
F: CROMEDS COWBOY | MF: TIVIOS TUCKER CHEX
Western - Leisure - Show
DE-56244
Niedersayn
€8,000
~ £6,817
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Paint Horse, Stallion, 1 year, 14.2 hh, Buckskin
F: GCC LETS TALK CASH | MF: CHAKEMATE KING BARS
Western - Leisure - Show
DE-49637
Menslage
price on application
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Paint Horse, Mare, Foal (04/2021), 14.1 hh, Brown
F: LIL DUNIT SMART | MF: SNOWGIRLS MAGIC JAC
Western - Leisure - Show
DE-92681
Erbendorf
€6,900
~ £5,879
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Quarter Horse, Gelding, 8 years, 15 hh, Sorrel Western - Cowhorse - Trail - Ranch riding
Buster Ranch
US-76088
Weatherford, Texas
$15,000
~ £10,901
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Quarter Horse, Stallion, 1 year, 14.3 hh
F: BE HOLLYWOOD BLUEBOY | MF: MR TIDY TOP
Western - Leisure - Show
DE-66484
Althornbach
€5,800
~ £4,942
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Paint Horse, Stallion, Foal (06/2021), 14.3 hh, Tobiano-all-colors
F: DOC O MOUNT | MF: MAXIMUM EMPHASIS
Western - Trail - Ranch riding
DE-40489
Düsseldorf
€5,500
~ £4,686
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Quarter Horse, Gelding, 15 years, 14.3 hh, Black Western - Leisure - Trail - Ranch riding
Buster Ranch
US-76088
Weatherford, Texas
$6,500
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Quarter Horse, Mare, 2 years, 14.3 hh, Roan-Bay
F: BE HOLLYWOOD BLUEBOY | MF: MISTER DUAL SPRING
Western - Leisure - Show
DE-66484
Althornbach
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Paint Horse, Mare, Foal (04/2021), 14.1 hh, Brown
F: LIL DUNIT SMART | MF: SNOWGIRLS MAGIC JAC
Western - Leisure - Show
DE-92681
Erbendorf
€6,900
~ £5,879
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Quarter Horse, Stallion, Foal (03/2021), 14.2 hh, Brown
F: LIL DUNIT SMART | MF: BROADWAY BH
Western - Leisure - Show
DE-92681
Erbendorf
€6,500
~ £5,539
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Quarter Horse, Stallion, Foal (04/2021), 14.2 hh, Chestnut
F: LIL DUNIT SMART | MF: DUN IT GOTTA GUN
Western - Leisure - Show
DE-92681
Erbendorf
€6,900
~ £5,879
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Paint Horse, Stallion, Foal (04/2021), 14.1 hh, Pinto
F: LIL DUNIT SMART | MF: SNOWGIRLS MAGIC JAC
Western - Leisure - Show
DE-92681
Erbendorf
€6,500
~ £5,539
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Quarter Horse, Stallion, 1 year, 14.3 hh
F: BE HOLLYWOOD BLUEBOY | MF: MR TIDY TOP
Western - Leisure - Show
DE-66484
Althornbach
€5,800
~ £4,942
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Quarter Horse, Mare, Foal (05/2021), Brown
F: ZIPPOS KING BAR | MF: FOURTEEN KARAT JAC
Western
DE-68809
Neulußheim
€4,000
~ £3,408
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Quarter Horse, Stallion, Foal (01/2021), 14.3 hh, Buckskin
F: BEST SPOOK | MF: STEADYS DUDE
Western - Leisure - Show
DE-54290
Trier
€8,500
~ £7,243 ONO
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Paint Horse, Gelding, 10 years, 15.1 hh, Pinto Western - Leisure
DE-53947
Nettersheim
€12,000
~ £10,225
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Quarter Horse, Gelding, 3 years, 14.2 hh, Chestnut-Red
F: LDR GUNS OF ENTERPRISE | MF: EINSTEINS REVOLUTION
Western - Leisure - Show
DE-51570
Windeck
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Pony of the Americas, Stallion, Foal (05/2021), 14.1 hh, Chestnut-Red
F: SONNYSIDE
Western - Leisure - Cutting - Ranch riding
DE-02906
Quitzdorf am See
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Pony of the Americas, Stallion, 1 year Western
DE-02906
Quitzdorf am See
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Pony of the Americas, Stallion, 16 years, 13.1 hh, Chestnut
F: TWO EYED SONNY
Western
DE-02906
Quitzdorf am See
€6,500
~ £5,539
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Paint Horse, Mare, 11 years, 15 hh, Dun
F: SIRE COSSA SHINE | MF: SHE DEE BAR
Western - Leisure - Show - Western Pleasure
Ryan Goy
US-51551
Malvern
$6,000
~ £4,360
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Paint Horse, Stallion, 1 year, 14.2 hh, Overo-all-colors Western - Leisure - Reining
DE-26899
Rhede
€4,500
~ £3,834
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Quarter Horse, Stallion, 1 year, Chestnut-Red
F: CROMEDS COWBOY | MF: TIVIOS TUCKER CHEX
Western - Reining
DE-56244
Niedersayn
price on application
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Quarter Horse, Stallion, 1 year, Brown
F: GOLDWOOD CHEXNIC | MF: THE SHARP SHOOTER
Western - Reining
DE-56244
Niedersayn
price on application
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Mustang (canadian), Stallion, Foal (07/2021), 15.1 hh, Pinto
F: ARI SUFFIELD MUSTANG
Western - Baroque - Working Equitation - Ranch riding
DE-56244
Maxsain
€10,000 to €15,000
price range ~£8,521 to £12,781
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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
~ £8,520
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Quarter Horse, Stallion, 1 year, Sorrel
F: PLAY UPON A STAR | MF: DANBAR DK
Western - Reining - Cowhorse - Cutting
DK-7800
Skive
€4,800
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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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