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post #11 of 22 Old 05-12-2013, 01:07 PM
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It really is interesting, to discover different breeds, how they ride, their motion/stride/gails etc. I remember when I first came to the US, a gentleman offered me his GH gelding. It had been owned by his grandsons who had mounted, dug their heels in and away they went. It was all this gelding knew. His incredible speed, took me by surprise. He seemingly had little or no, stop. Galloping at full speed through the Arizona desert, was pretty scary, as we wound our way between giant cactus. By the end of the first summer though, he turned out to be a really rather nice mount and was willing to do as asked and not just take off. When I moved, I was rather sorry to have to give him back.

Years later, after having my Saddlebreds, I again rode a QH. Not 'looking through ears', was a surprise and I always felt I was going to topple off over the front. I just don't understand how some QHs can see where they are going, with their noses almost touching the ground. There again, I believe this is a show ring thing and not how most working horses would travel.

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Ive ridden many breeds but ill always be a quarter horse person! I dont know why- just a security thing.. i can do anything on a quarter horse.. ive even seen my fly!

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QH/Paints are known for their large shoulder and chest muscles, and their ability to turn on a dime. Remember also that horses have a very complex suspension system of muscle, ligaments, and tendons and no bone to bone/joint connecting their shoulder blades to their spine which gives them great flexibility in the front end.
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post #14 of 22 Old 05-13-2013, 12:07 AM
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I haven't really ridden anything different lately to compare the way my QHs go in comparison to say a TB, but my two QHs move entirely different. My gelding is more pleasure bred & I've never felt like he can just slip out from under me. He's always been a "ride on a straight line" type of boy. Now my little QH (who is actually heavily TB influenced in the back) - she can slip out from under you in a heartbeat. She's built differently & bred differently than the gelding though. She's got more the ranch style where she can use those shoulders and really flex away.
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post #15 of 22 Old 05-13-2013, 04:21 AM
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I think it's what you're used to. I've ridden QH & Paints all my life and when I met my husband he had a TB. I rode him once and even at a walk it felt like he was jarring all my bones. Gaited horses that are smooth to ride...well yes they are and even though you don't bounce there is still movement that bothers my back worse than riding a trot on my non-gaited horses. I was hanging off the side of my niece's standardbred the first time I rode him and put him into a trot.

My totally unprofessional theory is it's muscle memory. Your muscles get used to having to work in a certain way to maintain your balance and then you get on a horse that has a different way of moving and those muscles are saying "What the heck???" LOL

Actually riding different breeds of horses and even different horses of the same breed probably makes a person a much better rider. I know before I had my own horse you could put anything under me and I was comfortable and then I spent the next 18 years riding the same horse all the time. When it came time for him to retire I had a heck of a time getting used to riding a different horse.
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QHs are built for short burst of speed. TBs for long distance. I think that might explain the different feel you noticed when riding. sit back and enjoy the ride. You might learn to like it. Shalom
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I think you would have to ride several "across the spectrum" to make a comparison. I do not have much experience w TB's. But, QH's are all over the map...some of the larger "pleasure" builds have a different "feel" than the smaller, "stockier" cow horse types. And, just like any individual horse...you can get them in that "perfectly smooth" motion, or one that is unchecked and uncomfy..to say the least.
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There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
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Missy may the offer still stands if you make it to texas you may ride any of my horses. The ones that are broke of course. Shalom
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Missy may the offer still stands if you make it to texas you may ride any of my horses. The ones that are broke of course. Shalom
Thanks db...especially the "broke" part. Seriously, that is an offer I just might take you up on if I am ever headed your way! I am sure they are all beauties.

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
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post #20 of 22 Old 05-15-2013, 12:11 AM
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I have a TB and QH in the same pasture. We were just talking about this today actually.

My TB moves smoother (totally my term). Wife's QH is all right now. They were racing back and forth when we got back home with the pony, and them moving side by side you could really see how different they move. My TB is faster and can go all day long. Her QH goes 0 to full speed and that's it.

Not to knock either breed at all. I actually like her QH alot. But they move differently. And my TB is smoother and faster.

I wonder if what the OP is referring to as slinky, isn't the QH driving with the hind end? Really pushing off.
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