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post #1 of 44 Old 11-21-2008, 04:10 PM Thread Starter
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QH in dressage?

How do QH's generally do in Dressage? I know it's more of a Saddlebred/Thoroughbred/Warmblood dominated sport, but I've always thought it to be quite beautiful and would like to train in it (though, I do sometimes think it's a bit to stiff)

I want to really train alot with my little QH filly (driving, trails, barrels, poles, endurance) and figured it wouldn't hurt to look into English sports instead of just Western.
And with three horses already (none of which are really ridable, my nine year old is improving though) it's not a good time to go up to my dad and say: "Can I have a...-insert excelent Dressage breed here-" xD

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post #2 of 44 Old 11-21-2008, 08:04 PM
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Quarter Horses did not earn the title of the most versatile breed for nothing! They can do it all! You'd be surprised how many QH's are in the dressage arena. They can do ANYTHING....
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agreed! especially the appendix qh's but all of them can do just as well at dressage as anything else :)

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A lot of QH's can do dressage (if trained properly & such; depends on the individual horse of course). I see a lot, QH's can pretty much do anything.

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my neice and her paint horse did dressage for quite a while-Target is a reigning horse! He did great. I agree QH are so athletic and so versatile- why not? and have fun

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post #6 of 44 Old 11-22-2008, 12:47 PM
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Almost every horse can do lower level dressage! Some horses are better suited than others but that dosen't even really depend on the breed. (speaking about the dressage I assume you would want to do.. no Grand Prix ; ) )
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post #7 of 44 Old 11-22-2008, 04:09 PM
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I have shown my Appaloosa mare in Dressage, and she looks JUST like a QH and is 70% QH by breeding (she's an Impressive granddaughter HYPP N/N). We did quite well up to 1st level test 4! The judges always commented on how nice she was. 1 out of 3 shows we'd get stopped by the judge before we left the arena so they could ask about her! All were quite surprised about her breeding . They thought she was just a small Warmblood cross (she's 15.2h).

There is a whole web site about quarter horses and other stock breeds in Dressage, Quarter Horse Dressage Information

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yay, the others covered it, qh's are great for anything, I ahve two and they both star in jumping and dressage, and one is 26!
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I belong to another forum (ultimate dressage) and have seen a lot of threads about people competing on their QHs and doing well! I think they're an awesome breed, and with the right attitude and nature, any horse can compete at dressage as long as it's conformation isn't flawed in a way to inhibit it. (ie Major conformation faults).
Good luck with your filly!

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