You hear it preached to beginners all the time: breed and color do not matter when picking out a first horse. A horse that has the experience, patience, and disposition suited to teaching new riders is what's important in those early stages of learning. But as we get more advanced in our riding, many of us split off and begin to specialize in different disciplines and breeds. Some of us own many breeds throughout our lifetime, and some of us settle down with just one. I've solely been riding Saddlebreds for quite a few months now and love, love, LOVE the 'bouncy' rhythm of their gaits, particularly in the walk and jog. They are built and bred to have so much natural vertical motion that you always feel like you are on top of a show horse who loves to dance, even if they are only going out on the trail as slow as a turtle. I love how absolutely bold, point-and-shoot they are and how you see the whole world over their neck and between their ears. I don't love how sassy some can be on the ground. They tend to be very work-oriented horses that you just jump on and WHOOP TROT down the road with, and often don't really like to play your little horsemanship games. They are known as being one of the easiest breeds to start under saddle with consistently due to this, but it also makes them quite quirky. Some can be difficult to longe, they generally hate sitting still, they love to play (particularly with their bits...), and can be outright divas. But put a saddle on them and they are happy to work for you. What made YOU fall in love with your chosen breed? What aspects do you dislike, but gosh darnnit you love the breed anyway?