Not to mention there are multiple types of QH and arabians, You also have the tendency for any grade non gaited horse to be called a QH in many areas so really no telling till you get the horse on the ground. I wouldnt turn down the right arabian QH cross for endurance , but I have seen quite a few I would, so really it just all depends on which qh crossed with which arabian.
My Shaatier was 3/4 Arabian and 1/4 quarter horse. He had lazy moments and spaz moments!! Not because of his breeding (I don't think) just because that was him!! I LOVED him dearly!! BL Magic Prince was his sire. His Dam wasn't registered. Best horse I ever had!!!! What I'm trying to say is ...they are the best of both worlds in my opinion!!
A lot depends on what the parents were bred for and how well the cross was chosen. A good solid minded Arabian with proper gaits and conformation crossed with a well bred and solid conformation quarter horse will give you an excellent cross. Though you cannot predict if they will inherit more from sire or dam or be somewhere in between, it will be a good cross. My mom bred some beautiful Arabian mares to the same quarter horse stud. She got 2 fillies the first year and 2 colts the second year. Each matured to different heights, builds, and overall appearance. One of the mare's offspring had a very moody, aggressive daughter and a son with a very gentle disposition that grew very tall and was so lazy that nothing bothered him. The other mare's offspring had a short, stocky WP built daughter and a sleeker, high energy English built son. All were well put together with solid conformation, but were suited to different disciplines and rider ability.
Just like any breed or popular cross breeds, they are varied in natural abilities and dispositions. Judge each individually and not lumped together in a mass that does not hold true for each one.
LOL, a very good explanation of the problems of cross breeding
The best horse I ever owned was 1/2 QH 1/2 Arabian. He was a problem horse because he spooked. He was also 4 years old and a first horse for someone, trained by a 'breed prejudice' trainer.
I did everything with Zayn! He was natural with cows (though he always stopped on his front end.. ALWAYS!), loved kids, and was very gentle.
He was very athletic and loved to run! The first few months of riding him I had a hard time making him walk home (we rode on the gravel roads), I noticed that after riding my shoulders and arms were sore, and my sister pointed out that Zayn was always pulling on the halter (we were doing Parelli to some extent), so I decided to work on that. I would ride on a loose rein towards home and as soon as Zayn would break out of a walk, I'd stop him and make him stand until he sighed and relaxed/gave to pressure. After a couple of weeks, I could race against another horse, towards home (we would be several miles out), then ask him to slow down and walk. I could drop my reins on his neck and he'd just keep a nice relaxed walk.
He also ponyed colts really well, after two lessons or so he would take anything from them and not respond. I ponyed this one pony mare once and she hated him. She was biting, trying to strike, and kick him the whole time and he never offered anything back.
I would goof around with him pulling stuff from his saddle horn too. We pulled a lot of firewood logs (5 foot lengths) out of the bush into the open.
He would babysit any one else who rode him. With me he had a big trot and canter, besides of an awfully fun gallop. When my sister rode him, he'd gently jog, carefully canter, and never would actually gallop. It was kinda funny!
I had to sell him because we were moving. The best part was watching guy that bought him interact with Zayn. Zayn normally didn't like men (his 'trainer' wasn't the gentlest, and was scared of him), but he responded and behaved really well for this fellow. He cried the whole way out the driveway and down the road (he wasn't herd bound, and the herd was pastured half a mile from the yard).
If I could, that horse would be mine again!
Now, my sister owns a 3/4 Arabian 1/4 QH gelding and he's a bit of a brat, but not mean. He just hasn't ever had much training. I think with more training he'd be a lot like Zayn was.
So there's my book... But a book isn't complete with out illustrations, so...
I rode him a lot around the pasture just for the fun of it.
Ponying a crazy TB mare. She liked to hurt people and eventually it wasn't worth the risk so she was sold (auction with a note)
His short tail was a special gift from his special pony friend...
He rode equally well in a halter or snaffle
On a ride
Running to me to be caught! He loved it when I gave him a job every day! (bringing in the milk cows)
My sister's gelding, Kid. Here my brother is putting the first ride on him.
My sister riding him this spring.
My suggestion... get one if you can find one! The ones I have known have been worth their weight in gold!
I used to ride an Arab x Paint (So a Quarab pretty much) and he was very very lazy. When the barn first got him he was super spooky and they couldn't even get a saddle near him. They did a lot lot lottt of desensitizing with him and within a few months he was practically bomb proof. He was very very smart...definitely took advantage of people who didn't know what they were doing. He was only about 14.3 but a nicely built little guy and just beautiful. He did have quite a bouncy trot and a canter that threw you out of the seat a bit, but he was an EXCELLENT jumper. Unfortunately he passed away the summer of 2011 due to a horrific leg injury. He is greatly missed!
Here are a few pictures of him. A friend of mine is riding so I had to crop them a bit.
I think they vary a lot. I know with Arabians there are so many different builds and types (and I presume the same with QH).
My mare is a Quarab, not to sure about her exact breeding but would pick her half half.
She's very smart, Quiet...when she wants to be. She's not the kind of horse that will just take bullying and she judges each individual on their merits. Until you prove otherwise she thinks she's the queen of your world. She's a real mare, and has a real angry face sometimes Her trot is rather bouncy. She's 14.3hh and a pretty good doer. I like this cross breed. Rosie is one of a kind I think, and I love her very much. I don't think she's particularly athletic, but I've seen other crosses that look more athletic than her Rosie mare face.jpg
We have a horse that we think is a quarab. He is one ofthe best horses we have ever owned. He is 17 yrs old, and will move out like he is 5. He can go for miles and then some. He has a lovely walk, and if not collected properly has a bone jarring trot. He will pony anything. What I really like about him is because he is so calm (been there, done that kind of horse) he seems to have a calming affect on my TB. Bo will be the horse we use to teach the kids how to ride.
I had a 3 yr old Quarab mare brought to me for training. Hyper? Not really. Smart, a little devious until she understood who was running the zoo, then a dream to train, took her to a show, a very large entry English/Western open, she won every class I entered her in, not a bobble.