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    11-26-2008, 10:31 AM
  #21
Banned
Wow...kinda silly arguement

ANY horse can do dressage...QH, TBs, Shetland Ponies, Fjords, etc. They might not be able to compete in olympics against Anky, but they can still get up in levels as good as any other horse.
Saying a QH can't do dressage is like saying a Shetland pony can't jump...or a Percheron can't do barrel racing. Sure it's not a common thing, but they sure as heck can do it.



     
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    11-26-2008, 11:45 AM
  #22
Showing
To answer as a guy, the right tool for the job.

If I needed to hammer in a nail I could use a pair of pliers but a hammer would make the job easier.

I can do Dressage with my QH but to do the job professionally I'd be better off with a Warmblood type.

Are there exceptions? Certainly but they are exceptions.
     
    11-26-2008, 12:00 PM
  #23
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Supermane    
I think that QH of that caliber in dressage are the exception, not the rule. I'm not saying that they aren't great horses, but they just aren't built for it. They aren't the best choice, however at lower level any horse can do well, given that their conformation isn't extremely flawed.
ANY horse at that caliber is an exception. How many warmbloods do you know that REALLY get past 1st level successfully? Not many, and those that do are with exceptional trainers as well. There are lots of exceptional horses in people's backyards or at boarding facilities, they just don't have access to, or the money to afford, a high caliber trainer.
     
    11-26-2008, 12:03 PM
  #24
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by iridehorses    
To answer as a guy, the right tool for the job.

If I needed to hammer in a nail I could use a pair of pliers but a hammer would make the job easier.

I can do Dressage with my QH but to do the job professionally I'd be better off with a Warmblood type.

Are there exceptions? Certainly but they are exceptions.
Well sure, but how many of us aspire to Grand Prix? Somehow I don't think the OP has her sights set on the WEG... A QH will do just fine for local competition.

Heck, ANY level headed forward moving horse will do just fine for local competition. And a talented QH or Appendix QH can do just fine at the mid or upper levels, just like it takes a talented Warmblood to get there as well.
     
    11-26-2008, 12:35 PM
  #25
Trained
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Originally Posted by iridehorses    
To answer as a guy, the right tool for the job.

If I needed to hammer in a nail I could use a pair of pliers but a hammer would make the job easier.

I can do Dressage with my QH but to do the job professionally I'd be better off with a Warmblood type.

Are there exceptions? Certainly but they are exceptions.
Can I make a poster out of this?? Thank you thank you thank you!

Also, you do not need a big name, big money trainer to make it to the higher levels on a nice horse. You need patience, time and a lot of willingness to learn from any source.
When you need the big name, big money trainer is with a horse that can't do the work easily and you need someone else with more experience to push it through the issues it's going to have.

And I am answering the question the thread asks. How do quarter horses do in dressage?? Not well, or not well enough.
If there was a thread about Warmbloods doing cattle penning, I think everyone would agree that generally as a rule in competitive cattle penning, the WB would get it's ass handed to it. Because it's not bred for the sport.

I don't understand why as breeders are breeding horses better and better for dressage and other disciplines people insist in riding horses not suited for the discipline and do poorer and poorer in competition. Swallow your pride and realize that not every horse can do well at every discipline!
     
    11-26-2008, 12:39 PM
  #26
Trained
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Originally Posted by luvs2ride1979    
Well sure, but how many of us aspire to Grand Prix? Somehow I don't think the OP has her sights set on the WEG... A QH will do just fine for local competition.

Heck, ANY level headed forward moving horse will do just fine for local competition. And a talented QH or Appendix QH can do just fine at the mid or upper levels, just like it takes a talented Warmblood to get there as well.
Then OP should have said "QH in lower level, local dressage competitions" if they wanted to avoid this debate :P

I am kind of taking this one to the grave because competetive dressage is my passion.
     
    11-26-2008, 12:59 PM
  #27
Banned
Anebel,
THis is totally a stupid, pointless debate. Yes, maybe a QH couldn't make it to high levels and do all the fancy stuff, but does not mean that they all couldn't. Any horse can perform dressage and probably could compete in high levels with lots of training and as you said...time and patience.

I'd say just leave it with yes a QH can definitely to low level dressage, but might have difficulties performing high level dressage...and if you planned on doing high levels, possible a WB type horse would be better suited
     
    11-26-2008, 05:10 PM
  #28
Showing
Sonny, although I agree with your statement, your first sentence is totally out of line. NO debate is pointless - only an agrument that results in name calling is.
     
    11-27-2008, 12:11 PM
  #29
Foal
I have shown several quarter horses in the lower level dressage and they have done well. They are good for the lower levels because they have that steady movement and are very easy going. Not sure about the upper level for a typical QH, but there are always exceptions to this.
     
    12-16-2008, 09:00 PM
  #30
Foal
Hard Pill to Swallow

Bottom line is the quarter horse has not competed in dressage. It has been dominated by 16+ hand European warmbloods. If anyone has been to USDF sanctioned shows or schooling shows 70% of the entries are in the lower levels.

This year a 15 hands quarter horse stallion won reserve champion in training level, Dressage at Fairhill beating all the warmbloods.

People in the stands were surprised. It would be like a Cowboy coming out and roping a steer on a Hanovarian.

Quarter horses are showing and becoming successful in dressage whether people understand it or not.

PS: The quarter horse stallion was an American Warmblood Registry licensed stallion and licensed by AQHA. Yes the quarter horse is a warmblood????????
     

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