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post #1 of 13 Old 09-21-2008, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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Dressage Quarter horses.

So... I've always kindof heard that people expect Quarter horses to be a western breed. Western bred, western ridden. Or that if they do english, they don't do good at jumping, and they don't do good in hunters.
And everytime I tell someone my 6 year old western pleasure/ halter/ cow horse bred QH mare does dressage and hunters.. successfully, I get looked at funny.
I just want you guy's opinions..
What do you like about QH's, and what DON'T you like.
Do you agree that AQHA should add dressage as one of their world show classes in a few years? If they did, I'd be going... for sureee!!
I just wanna know what your opinion on QH's doing dressage and jumping is! I think they're great at it, but.. what do YOU think :]
Actually... let me rephrase that...

What do you think of Quarter Horses doing dressage/jumpers/hunters. Good? Bad? Lost cause? Why?
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post #2 of 13 Old 09-21-2008, 09:25 PM
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Believe it or not, one of the horses I learned dressage on was actually a quarter horse (3rd level dressage). And definitely NOT one of the appendix horses...he was also a reiner, and looked the part.
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I did hunter on my old quarter horse mare, although she wasn't exactly built like a qh. She was a fantastic little jumper and her movement was amazing.
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post #4 of 13 Old 09-22-2008, 06:59 AM
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I like QH's; they're one of my fav. breeds. & I ride English. I've ridden plenty of nice jumpers.

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post #5 of 13 Old 09-22-2008, 11:58 AM
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I know of a few sensational QHs that kicked butts in the show ring. Most of the ones I know of were in the Hunter and Jumper ring but were all fantastic. I think what makes them such fantastic horses, is their temper and workability. I have yet to meet a QH that doesn't an excepeptional work ethic. I owned, trained and sold one that was fantastic and rode many others that were amazing. One of my old friends owned one that always cleaned up in the classes he entered.
When I looked for a draft cross, I specifically looked for one that was at least half quarter horse. Wanted to have an intelligent horse that would always be willing to work.

I think it would really do good to all breeds to have QH.
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post #6 of 13 Old 09-22-2008, 03:42 PM
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First of all, I think quite a few QHs would do well in the lower levels because of their personality-and in the lower levels, its all about training and ability to do simple movements which any horse should be capable of doing.

The problem with QHs - and the reason why you see very few at the higher levels of dressage is because a) they don't seem to be able to collect as much and sit back on their hind end (which is ironic if you watch them with cattle, but they seem to have problems maintaining it because of the positioning of their hocks) b) a large majority - particularily western pleasure horses are built downhill, which is the antithesis of what you want in a dressage horse, because it makes it hard for them to sit back and c) they also tend to lack the expression in their gaits that you an find in warmbloods and thoroughbreds...probably because they still aren't really bred for grace so much as they are for utility.

But that being said, that's only at high levels. QHs make fantastic all around horses, and generally do quite well because they do have such fantastic minds and are so easily traineable.
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post #7 of 13 Old 09-22-2008, 05:50 PM
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I agree with everyone, especially Skyhuntress, who probably said it better than I can. ;)

I love QHs for their temperment, as they are usually not high strung or very hot. I own a grade QH mare and we show Training level dressage and are schooling First level. I've ridden another QH who used to jump 3ft. They're great all around horses and are very capable of doing english events as well as western. I've never had funny looks form any one at dressage shows... though that's probably because over 50% of the horses here are QHs or QH crosses and do everything from cutting to dressage.
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post #8 of 13 Old 09-22-2008, 07:49 PM
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I know a QH gelding, who is successfully jumping around 90cm, and has won dressage. I love the QH's temperament, and their stocky build. The only thing I don't like about stocky horses (one of my horses is a Palouse Pony) is that when you try and show them in rider classes, or what ever, against the show horses, you never win. I don't mean to be mean to those who like showing, but it is just my opinion. We also have a QH mare, (she is sprint bred) and she has a great temperament, and would do anything for you. The QH just seems sooo willing for you, and I would buy one any day.

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post #9 of 13 Old 09-23-2008, 12:53 AM
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I LOVE QH ,thats all ive grew around with and they are 1 of the best breeds to get caz there just so laid back and such good family and trail horses (exept for the studs of course).My horse Braidee isn't regestered but he is full flleged qh.I mean you can just get a glimpse of him and you can tell right away. And i love him so much.And i hear about people doing english on qh all the time, and i am going to start doing english and jumping on Braidee,becaz he is short and stocky and i think thats what they need 2 be when you jump them.He is so powerful but he needs to gain a little bitt of mussel and lose some weight caz he is 1 chunky horse! Caz its been 2 hot hear in TX 2 do anything at all!And he only stands maybe 14,14 1/2hh.

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post #10 of 13 Old 09-23-2008, 10:45 AM
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I'd have to agree with what's been said already! QH's are extremely versatile and these days they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Short, tall, wide, extra wide :) The racing lines especially are often built similarly to TBs. We're the biggest H/J show barn in the area and i'd say at least half of our barn are made up of QHs. These horses compete at some of the top AA shows around and win. I don't know where people get the idea that QHs can't compete at the top levels of the hunter ring, or even jumpers! One of the best jumpers in our state is a 14h ex-cowpony! I can see why they aren't going to be as competitive at the very upper levels of dressage, but quite honestly most people aren't either. :)
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