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post #11 of 24 Old 06-27-2013, 07:07 PM
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I would look for a QH or Appendix. You will WANT scope, considering what you are looking to do, and the price should be better with a QH bc they are simply so many of them. I also, IMHO find them calmer than anything more blooded.
SO MANY of us trail ride our horses Western Pleasure, but SB, though great horses, are breed for gait and style, not multi-disciplines. ANY sound horse can pop over a 3' vertical, but a gaited horse isn't built to couple and "take you with him". I currently own two KMH's, but I don't jump them. I will be training my QH to jump this year, and we'll see what he has in him.
BTW, many splashy horses are bred just for their color, not for their build.
Plus, if you show, you will be riding among a sea of paints. You would really stand out if you bought a solid brown/black horse with no blaze and no sock/stockings at all!

It sounds as though you think Saddlebreds are gaited. They are NOT. They are trained to gait.

One I owned, was a five gaited champion in his day. I rode him doing everything but gaited.

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post #12 of 24 Old 06-27-2013, 07:14 PM
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Definitely an appendix quarter horse- thoroughbred x paint- anglo arabian (thoroughbred x arabian) - quarab (quarter horse arabian)

i like my AQHA horses but do think the 'mutt' horses make just as good riding animals. Arabians have that floaty trot and the horses ive rode that were arabian cross had that same movement- so keep that in mind if thats something you do or dont want.
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post #13 of 24 Old 06-27-2013, 07:18 PM
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Saddlebred's have a high neck set that is not naturally conducive to jumping high and wide obstacles, which the OP would encounter doing 3-day events. Honestly, like I said, a sound horse CAN jump over small things when asked for. I've jumped horses that cannot jump well, and I've owned an OTTB who really COULD jump well. I got in a sloppy 2-point and we just sailed over 4 1/2' jumps. The other horses who were not scopey threw me up at the approaches and bounced me almost off on the landings.
Saddlebred's are great horses, just not for jumping oxers, coffins, in and outs and water jumps. Surprisingly there are some Standardbreds who are successful at eventing and Hunter, but, again, they do NOT have the Saddlebred neck set. I'm sorry but certain breeds excel at some sports and don't excel at others. The US Cavalry discovered that there is NO horse that Can do it all. In the 1930's they tried it and failed and that is why the Horse Cavalry was phased out in 1942.
Saddlebreds are, like TWH's, KMH's, RMH's, Foxtrotters and Pasos, bred for rider comfort. They can do things like endurance quite well, just not built for jumping.

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post #14 of 24 Old 06-27-2013, 07:24 PM
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My vote is either Morgan or QH. Both are intelligent, versatile, easily trained in either discipline (or both), and hardy. At the moment I have two Morgans and like you, had no specific discipline in mind for them (apart from trail riding), but I am now taking dressage lessons with the older one (4) and he is doing great!
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post #15 of 24 Old 06-27-2013, 07:26 PM
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Gypsies are also not 'bred' to jump, but almost all love it, try it more often than we like when at liberty and do very well at it, under saddle.

This little mare hadn't even been ridden for a long time, let alone jumped. She was just saddled up for a buyer to see what she could do.

No horses do it all. Some do more than others. I think the OP should look at (and ride) many different horses, including some interesting crosses, before making a decision.

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post #16 of 24 Old 06-27-2013, 07:33 PM
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how do you see past all that fabulous hair?
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post #17 of 24 Old 06-27-2013, 07:46 PM
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Never thought about it really. Certainly it is desired on an otherwise good horse. I do think they look odd, when it is shaved. I'd probably feel the same way, if I saw a Saddlebred with feather.

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post #18 of 24 Old 06-27-2013, 07:56 PM
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I'd say a QH x TB with a bit more QH than TB. My mare is actually cutting bred, but she is a very honest jumper and is a decent WP horse for open shows.
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post #19 of 24 Old 06-28-2013, 08:29 AM
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If I were you I would shop for a horse that is already trained to jump, that way you know it WILL. You can work on slowing it down enough to do WP on your own. It really doesn't matter the breed, unless you WANT to go to breed-specific shows.

Shopping at shows is the best way to find a horse, IMO. You get to see how they react to stress, and the owners are not "presenting" the horse to you, so you can form an early opinion without a sales pitch.

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post #20 of 24 Old 06-28-2013, 04:32 PM
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I'm with the vote on QH. These days they come in so many different "varieties" you really can find something built to suit dual needs. My pleasure bred boy could jump 4ft no problem, was fearless on the trails (which made me think = XC someday!), and wonderful movement for Dressage. Not all of them are quiet either. Dani is the hottest, spunkiest QH I've ever met. She's not the type of horse that you could barrel race and then turn around to trail ride in the same day. Of course now she's getting much better but that's because I don't want a hot horse LOL.

I do know a gal who actually events with her ASB mare. Just met her recently actually. She's the sturdier old school build, still a bit hyped up, but is apparently coming along very well. They've had some issues with Dressage - I don't think anything with the jumping portion.

I've always like well built ApQhs that get the best of both worlds. TB x Drafts were popular around me for awhile. Some of them turned out nicely others were just uggo >.>
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