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    01-26-2010, 08:57 PM
Post Quarter Horse for Dressage

There's a horse in my barn who has taken every one of his riders to State 4-h fair and placed in top 10. He does English and Western but he has this HUGE stride that is perfect for a posting trot. I am think of leasing him and I was wondering what you guys thing about that. He is a Quarter Horse and very well behaved but I don't think he has ever done dressage but I think he would be perfect. Can ya'll give me your opions? I don't plan on doing higher than maybe level one with him. Thanks!

Hopefully, I'll find some pictures of him and post them on here.
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    01-26-2010, 09:08 PM

Here are some pictures...I took these off of the stable's I board at website so I hope they won't mind. I know they won't, I'm friends/related to one of the owners. Please ignore the faces...I had to protect their identitys lol. And yes, that tail is realer than real. It's so beautiful. =)
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    01-26-2010, 09:31 PM
Of course he can do some dressage ;) Especially if you're just going to be leasing hime, you have nothing to lose.
He won't ever look as up hill as the purpose bred dressage horses, but certainly for lower levels he will be fine ;)
    01-27-2010, 02:08 AM
Absolutely, he would probably do well for lower levels. I rode a QH for a while and the only thing I found was that it was very hard to get an uphill canter out of him, but with lots of practise you definitely could.
    01-27-2010, 02:37 AM
When you are riding this horse, make sure venomous black splotches don't attack your face.

Anyways, like other people have said, he should do well for the lower levels. I would guess that the hardest thing for him will be to start moving more uphill and moving more forward.
    01-27-2010, 08:52 AM
I have a QH that I usually event, but this year we're just doing dressage.

The other posters are right; we struggle with an uphill canter and forwardness. But by far the biggest issue is getting a nice, swinging free walk.

But these are all things the are fixed with schooling. I'm sure he'd be great for training level, maybe first level with practice :)
    01-27-2010, 06:44 PM
Yeah the walk is tricky, I had a QH x appy a couple of years ago and was doing elementary on her before she had a big brain melt down and came to the conclusion that life was far too hard when she had to sit on her bum :P
It's the short front legs that make that nice swinging walk tricky, but you can always fake it a little bit ;)
    01-28-2010, 09:00 AM
Green Broke
I agree on the walk. I rode a QH to first level before I sold him and we struggled with the walk a lot. A lot of QHs are also built more downhill much can be a struggle to get a nice big uphill trot.

All that being said, you should go for it. Any breed of horse can do dressage, they may not make it to grand prix, but there is nothing wrong with doing the low levels.
    01-28-2010, 10:43 AM
Plus, now you can do it on the Quarter Horse level!
(If you want, and if they have shows in your area.. you also have to see how they keep points and stuff.)

    01-28-2010, 01:41 PM
Green Broke
Of course you can!! Sandie and I do well with dressage (eventing)

Here are some pics, although we're just learning to drive from her hind end and get some collection and I don't really have too many of those pics yet (just the last one, the first day we started learning!).

I think QH's make CUTE dressage ponies! What everyone else has mentioned about being built downhill is true and something you have to deal with, but QH's just have such GREAT personalities and are generally really willing to work and are SMART and I think that's what makes them so easy to work with!

And I don't know about some others, but my mare has a MEAN free walk because of her natural head carriage! She'll take her head all the way to the ground, on the buckle, and still propel herself through with her hind end! We always get high scores there!


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