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    06-28-2013, 07:34 PM
QHs are IMHO the best all-round breed, but you can find a decent all-rounder in many breeds. It just depends on the individual horse.

I would recommend finding a trainer that does multiple disciplines and ask what they look for in their horses--at my barn we do h/j, eventing, dressage, cutting, sorting, penning, etc.

I like short-backed horses with good conformation, dense bone, and enough athleticism to jump, cut cattle (or have good lateral movement for reining), and collect comfortably. Generally 14.2-15.2 HH, although bigger may not be a problem since you're not interested in working cattle. If you're wanting to compete western pleasure, you'll also need a horse with a quiet mind that won't mind the slow pace. Breed is secondary to all that, haha.

My trainer has the best little QH that I got a two 1sts in a hunter division, and I took him the following weekend to a ranch sorting where he did well, then a couple of weeks after that, he got grand champ in jumpers (with a young rider). If my horse is out of commission, I sometimes take dressage lessons on him (though my trainer will admit that it's because she likes me to school him after the kids ride him, bahaha). He'll carry any kid safely, but he's well trained enough that I enjoy riding him too at a much higher level. He's really a horse that does anything you ask him to!
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    06-28-2013, 07:39 PM
Personally, I think it depends more on the temperament, conformation, and ability of the individual horse than the particular breed.

Anymore, there is such a wide range of different styles/builds of most breeds that you can find anything from short and squatty to tall and flowy, regardless of breed.

Personally, I would likely choose a stock horse (AQHA, Paint, ApHC, etc) just because those are the breeds that I know best and I know what basic lines to look for...and avoid.
    06-30-2013, 01:30 PM

Here's a little girl who jumps her spotted American Saddlebred.

And another..

We see many these days, in the jumping arenas. You can see a lot more here...

Saddlebreds Jumping

Like many other breeds, they are an all-round horse - and beautiful while doing it.

    06-30-2013, 04:12 PM
I agree with a lot of the opinions already expressed--stock horses are very versatile, and an Appendix QH would be likely to have the scope you want for competing in HJ. I've seen some of the Warmblood/Arab crosses, and they're absolutely fantastic if you have the budget for them.

That said, it's been my personal experience that Haflingers are also extremely versatile. They're not tall, of course, so really high-level jumping might be beyond them, but what your average Haffie lacks in height they make up for in spirit. They're small, but strong, physically and mentally. They're not common in the Western show ring in particular, but I've seen some truly great reining Haflingers, and the breed is gaining popularity in Dressage. In the US, you typically only see children competing in HJ on them, but in Europe they're not uncommon in the jumping ring.

Take all that with a grain of salt. I am, of course, biased.

But! Haflinger reining:

Haflinger jumping with adult rider:

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