Spruce meadows in Calgary, Alberta, Canada hosts the Telus "Battle of the Breeds" each year-- A team from each breed competes in Jeopardy Jumping, Trail Riding, Barrel Racing, Precision Driving, and Compulsory Skills. Here are the winners over the years--
That sounds AMAZINGLY fun! I would love to see how a 'Team ASH' would go :]
Although I do eventing, and you typically see larger horses eventing, I agree with Quarter horses and Morgans. For no reason that hasn't already been said. I occasionally used to ride about a 15hh morgan who could easily jump 4'. With the correct dressage training, she could also be very good at that too. I jumped a full 3'9" course with her during a clinic, which she did really well in, and you also see morgans in other disciplines!
Arabians. I own a arab cross :) They are not usually level headed so I reccomend a Arab crossed with a Quarter Horse or Paint (or any other stock breed) they are going to be challenging so I would say if you are a begginer ONLY get a gelding arab cross. Now if you are more advanced (riding for 5 yrs/dealing with problem horses for 2-3 yrs) mare, unless you are breeding!! I like arab crosses because they are challenging but not this snorty prancy spooky horse!! (no offense they can get a little tiring!! ) they are cute then but can get dangerous!! Arabians deal with heat really well as they were raised up in the desert! They obviously are used to heat and cold cause at nights it is cold , no duh!! Depending on the arab/ arab cross you buy you may want to get a blanket for colder days.
I would also say a quarter horse or paint but recommend arab cross.here are links to all them:
Hey.. do we know anyone who has a Morgan.. haven't heard much about them till recently, I wouldn't mind having a closer look at one, one day.
I have two 3/4 Morgan X 1/4 appy. They are full brothers and are the most amazing horses I have ever owned. They have more athletic ability then the QH's, TB's, WB's I've owned/riden. They are extremly smart, hardy, brave, adaptible, and have great stamina. My 3yr old was broke out in his two year old year, he was trail riding his second ride (as was his brother). Storm (my 3yr old) showed in the western pleasure, trail, horsemanship, and games. He is going to start jumping as well and has already show great potential for it.
The origional Morgan horse was owned by Justin Morgan (you can youtube the video of him and his horse. It's very informative). That horse did everything from carrage to dressage and pleasure riding.
I really love my warmbloods and Tb's...but I just can't picture them roping, cutting cattle or doing WP.
I vote for the quarter horse. They not only excel at all of the western disciplines, but I have ridden them up to advanced in eventing, high in the jumpers, up to 4th level in dressage.........an amazing all around horse. And many are able to show in multiple disciplines at the same time.
I had a lady bring her roping horse to me. She was not showing him in roping anymore and wanted just a trail horse. Problem was, he didn't know how to pick up one of his canter leads from all that roping training. I was to balance him and teach him his gaits through basic dressage. He was a real bull-dog type QH with a chest wide enought to drive a car through.
He loved dressage and did really well. So the owner was happy and decided to see what he would do jumping. Well, judge for yourself. This was at his first event, showing novice at a large recognized event a month after starting his jumping. He loved that too!!
Oh yeah....he loved foxhunting too.
R.I.P. Wilco's Lass AKA "Toby"
American quarter horse......exceptional flexability both physically and emotionally, IMHO.
I am going to have to agree with W_S. I, of course, would choose the AQH but the ASH has all the same good qualities as a good AQH, plus they are bred and used to the sometimes harsh environment over there. Arabians would be a good second pick just because they are bred to be used, not just look pretty. However, from what I understand, they (in general) are a little more touchy and flighty than your average stock horse. I think it would be awesome to own a brumby but they are basically the same thing as our mustangs, correct? It is possible to get a good one, heck I lucked out and got one of the best, but 99.99% of the time no matter how good or how much training they get, they will never be as good as a horse that was bred for a particular kind of work.
I think it would be awesome to own a brumby but they are basically the same thing as our mustangs, correct? It is possible to get a good one, heck I lucked out and got one of the best, but 99.99% of the time no matter how good or how much training they get, they will never be as good as a horse that was bred for a particular kind of work.
Exactly right. They are great, hardy little ponies (Much like mustangs but often a bit smaller) but really don't stand up to a horse that has been bred to perform.