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post #11 of 15 Old 02-09-2011, 02:33 PM
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When looking for a QH jumper, take some experienced with you so you can gadge the horses potential. We have a QH at my barn(really he's around pony sized), who is small enough to do some western events, but has an AMAZING jump on him.

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post #12 of 15 Old 02-11-2011, 05:01 PM
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I have Quarter Horses and they are sweet, smart, and can do just about anything. I have had an off the track former race horse (very laid back Cary Grant kinda guy) that was very willing, smart as could be and easy to train.

Hubby's horse is smart, spunky and very willing and brave as he can be. He is our "let Sarge go first" guy...because Sarge will do whatever is asked of him. He has had a ton of training. On top of that he is a total sweetheart. He gives kisses to me all the time. Even though he is my husband's horse, he thinks he is mine...I go out the the barn way more than hubby does!

My new horse Biscuit is smart as a whip and pretty gentle. Not a dead head by any means but he is smart and catches on quickly.

I have friends with all kinds of horses...Tennessee Walkers, Arabians, Paints, Quarter Horses, Friesan/Morgan etc. They are all terrific horses but there is just something so wonderful about Quarter Horses!

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post #13 of 15 Old 02-11-2011, 10:26 PM
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I have known a few QH's that were as thick as 2 short planks.....that said, most of them are smart in a good way. They get themselves out of trouble and tend to take care of the rider. Make sure you see your prospect jump and that they can move out nicely. QH tend to be great English all rounders so you can pretty much do anything with them!
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post #14 of 15 Old 02-11-2011, 10:59 PM
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I've found Quarter Horses to be extremely intelligent and versitile.

As for jumping, a few years ago, the Dutch team had a Quarter Horse stallion on the team and they did awesome at the Spruce Meadows Masters. I think it just depends on the individual.

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post #15 of 15 Old 02-12-2011, 01:01 AM
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My opinion on this is one entirely built from personal experience but here we go:

IMO, QHs are the best horse out there. Please do not bash me for it is my opinion but...

My first pony was a Quarter. The reason I say was is she was pts last August on the 24th. Worst day of my life. She was the most incredible little thing I've ever been fortunate enough to meet.

Her name was Baby. She was approx 14 hands. She lived only until fifteen because of Lou Gehrig's. Or ALS. She did EVERYTHING I asked but she was not deadhead at ALL. She had quite the personality :] Not a mean bone in her at all. She was incredibly clever and very level headed. I rode her on the road, in pastures, jumped her over EVERYTHING. Swam on her, did barrels, roping, cutting. She was so much better than I was at the western stuff I must say. I kind of just sat there and she did all the work. When faced with new situations, Baby just plowed right through with perked ears. No spooking. She was one of those little chunky QHs but very delicate at the same time. I miss her very much :[

The thing about Quarter Horses that I love so much is that they are truly a horse for everything. At my barn, we have a stocky little 15hand QH that does Hunters, Jumpers & XC. He's also dabbled in dressage. He jumps up to 4'3'' and currently he's 19 years old. He's slightly downhill, and he doesn't have the best conformation in the world, but gives 110% every ride to every rider who has faith that he can do it. And that's all it really is about every type of horse - body-build, age, breed, previous training and background aside.

I currently own two more QHs, a Peruvian Paso, a Belgian Warmblood, and a Spotted Saddle horse (and two mini donkeys, can't forget them :]).

At my barn, we have seven QHs - all ranging from thin and delicate to thick boned with big hips. 14.2-17hands. I love every breed of horse (except maybe Shetland ponies... once upon a time there was a satanic shetland named Butterscotch...) but QHs will always have a special place in my heart because they always try even when the odds are against them. Login | Facebook

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