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post #1 of 20 Old 12-10-2012, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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which breed for speed??

what is the best breed to use for speed events???
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post #2 of 20 Old 12-10-2012, 07:48 PM
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depends what you are doing. Throroughbreds and QH or a mix of the two would be my suggestion. Maybe an Arab, depending

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post #3 of 20 Old 12-10-2012, 07:50 PM
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I'm assuming that you're talking about gymkana events like barrels, poles, etc, right?

If so, then it's usually stock horses that excel there; Quarter Horses, Paints, Appaloosas, some TBs and Appendix QHs.

If you want to be really competative, then you'll need to look farther than just breed. You'll need to look at conformation, temperament, and breeding too.

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post #4 of 20 Old 12-10-2012, 07:52 PM
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I have rode an Arab, trained a TB and ridden and trained QH and Paints. I prefer the latter two. They just have this natural ability to get under themselves and negotiate the quick turns easily, and with less hours spent training. Not saying the Arab and Tb could not do it, they could and well. But I just love working with and training my stock breeds as they seem to just have a knack for it.
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post #5 of 20 Old 12-10-2012, 07:58 PM
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I agree I had a fast little arab gelding but he did have trouble with getting up under himself more then the quarter horses I have been riding. Now he did well and sometimes would really get under himself but they aren't always the best choice if you really want to compete.

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post #6 of 20 Old 12-10-2012, 08:01 PM
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Quarter Horses will be your most popular.

I have an Appendix QH and a Paint for my speed horses.
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post #7 of 20 Old 12-10-2012, 08:08 PM
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QH for short, TB for longer. Arabs for both, hehehe.

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post #8 of 20 Old 12-10-2012, 08:14 PM
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lol...and yes nvr2. Quarter horse for short speed.quickness.zero to wide open in three jumps and turning..tb for your half mile and up speed. And arabs for those 50 mile races.... so you it all covered..lol...
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post #9 of 20 Old 12-10-2012, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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I was thinking barrels poles ect.
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post #10 of 20 Old 12-10-2012, 08:30 PM
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check quarter horse and quarter horse type horses out. There made for arena work. Good luck.. ride safe and happy holidays.
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