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post #1 of 15 Old 02-07-2011, 03:33 PM Thread Starter
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QH Intellegence?

What are your thoughts on the intellegence & ability of the Quarter Horse? I'm in Florida looking for my first horse and there are just TONS of Quarter Horses for sale here. I found some really gorgeous ones that I love, and they supposedly are good jumpers (which is what I'll be doing). But I wondered whether they are sensible. I found most of the arabs that I've ridden are too smart for their own good, and I didn't want to be outsmarted by my own horse, haha. I guess QHs are mainly used for Western around here, but are they decent jumpers? I know it might depend on the horse, but I want a fairly intellegent horse that I can bond with and trust, so are they smart in general?
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post #2 of 15 Old 02-07-2011, 03:46 PM
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I don't own a quarter horse but I know a lot of them and they seem pretty laidback or chill but at the same time very willing. My lesson horse when I was 14-16 yrs was ex-racer QH and he was always very sweet and did what i asked him but he wasn't a deadhead either. He also did jumping. Of course every horse has varying levels to which sports/ or riding event they are best suited for but I know they are pretty good horses in general. Yes, they are mostly seen in the western games, but as far as jumping and dressage they are probably more the jack of all trades master of none type ( I mean when you get to the higher levels but there are always exceptions). Congratulations on looking for your first horse and good luck!
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I ride at a QH barn with long time AQHA trainers and showers, who have owned, shown, and trained QH's their whole life in the AQHA industry. Every horse at our barn is willing, calm as can be, and very talented. We still have some old retired world champions giving lessons to the little ones at summer camp, lessons, and local open shows! Right now, my trainers only have competitive hunters that show appendixes (which is what I own) and every horse we haul, which is around 14 horses, is very smart and talented in their own way.

Mine never (knock on wood) refuses, always willing to do anything I ask him, learned everything he knows very fast, and is extremely talented. You should PM me! If we're on the same coast, I'll give you my barn's info! We have all sorts of hunters for sale, and probably have the best prices for hauling, board, show fees etc. in the AQHA world in FL. (:
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post #4 of 15 Old 02-07-2011, 04:06 PM
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We have a ton of QHs here too, unless you have a whole lot of money to spend or have the skills to bring up an OTTB. I had neither of those, so I ended up with a 16 hand appendix. I love him to death. He is smart and willing and has a ton of personality. (The good kind) I am planning on using him for lower level dressage, jumping and possibly eventing. He is extremely athletic and has a love for all things English. At one point, he was a barrel racer, but was entirely too sensitive for that, so now he's mine I should point out though that I looked at a lot of QHs that were unsuitable (heavy front end, too stocky, not nimble enough etc) It is completely a case by case basis.... good luck
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post #5 of 15 Old 02-07-2011, 04:52 PM
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I own a 14.2h QH who I can take out to a ranch and pen cows, then turn around and ride him in a Dressage test, then turn around and jump with him. They're very versatile!
Also, I ride a 16.2h QH in my hunter/jumper lessons. :)
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post #6 of 15 Old 02-07-2011, 05:10 PM
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QHs are great! They are smart, brave and willing and very versatile. In fact, I would say the most versatile horse - not to offend anyone I've got warmbloods, arabs, QHs, paints, appy/mustang, draft and probably the QH is my fav.
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post #7 of 15 Old 02-07-2011, 08:31 PM
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QHs can be decent jumpers, but you'd have to look for one of the taller, leaner ones rather than the short, ranch-type ones. The hunter/racing QHs look almost like a different breed than the stocky ranch ones. They're much leaner and taller, but I think several people jump QHs on this forum and they're fine.

Many QHs are very smart and very quick to learn. My mare is mostly QH (registered Paint through her dam), and she's probably too smart for her own good. I can tell by her face when she's planning to do something to outsmart me, so she's not that sneaky, but she's quick. When she got ulcers, I would go out every day and give her pepto bismol until the vet could come out (about 4 days in a row).

the 4th day, it took me almost 20 minutes to catch her because she knew I was going to put the tube in her mouth again. She hates having things near her mouth, so me doing it for a few days in a row..she caught on quickly.

I love QHs, but they're the most common horse around here, so I'm biased.
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post #8 of 15 Old 02-07-2011, 09:04 PM
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I've ridden a lot of quarter horses over the years and i've seen both ends of the spectrum: stubborn, cranky and smart I've seen sweet, silly and a little dumb and I've seen courageous and spooky I've seen hit and cold. They're a mixed bag it might e how much tb blood is in them but I never knew any of their bloodlines.
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post #9 of 15 Old 02-07-2011, 09:22 PM
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Quarter Horses are my favorite breed! They are extremely versitial, and each individual is as varied as the next. There are spunky, "hot" ones, and ones who will sleep soundly if you put an air horn in their ear. (I don't reccomend doing that though).

Yes, Quarter horses can be great jumpers! But if you do choose a quarter horse, you should look for one that has more of a jumper build. The stocky ones could do it (The mare I used to ride was a chunky as they come, and could have put a Warmblood to shame), but probably not well enough to compete.

Congrats on getting a horse, and I hope you find what you are looking for!
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post #10 of 15 Old 02-07-2011, 11:32 PM
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Unless there's one breed that you absolutely love, I think it's best to see a horse as a horse, every individual is different, breeds have common traits, but in the end that horse has to be right for you.
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