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    06-22-2013, 11:40 PM
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Foal
Are Quarabs (QH X Arab) good for eventing?

Hi. I've been looking around for a horse for a while to do eventing with, and I've found a young Quarab that I'm interested in. He's 63% Arabian, according to his papers, and he's got some obvious Arab characteristics. Would he make a good eventing horse, based on this vague description? I know its not enough information, but I really need to make a decision soon. He hasn't had much training, but I'm hoping to train him myself if I think he's got the potential. Anyway, I can post a picture if necessary. Thanks!
     
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    06-22-2013, 11:43 PM
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Trained
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Originally Posted by countfalcon    
Hi. I've been looking around for a horse for a while to do eventing with, and I've found a young Quarab that I'm interested in. He's 63% Arabian, according to his papers, and he's got some obvious Arab characteristics. Would he make a good eventing horse, based on this vague description? I know its not enough information, but I really need to make a decision soon. He hasn't had much training, but I'm hoping to train him myself if I think he's got the potential. Anyway, I can post a picture if necessary. Thanks!
I'm going to say a qualified MAYBE. Arabs have all the stamina and heart in the world. They are not known to be real great jumpers, not at huge heights and spreads. So, depending on what level you are at, the jumping may or may not be an issue. There are some Arabs who EXCEL at eventing, but if I were looking for a horse for upper levels, I wouldn't look at an Arab as a first choice. I wouldn't look at a QH for it either, BTW.
     
    06-23-2013, 12:17 AM
  #3
Green Broke
I think Dreamcatcher has said it well. I would also add that the horse's size and confirmation play a significant role in its suitability for the sport. I suppose if you're keen on the horse and he doesn't do well in eventing, he may do well in a second career as an endurance horse. Good luck (and welcome to the forum).
     
    06-23-2013, 12:19 AM
  #4
Started
It depends very much on the horse, but as a general cross I would say no for the upper levels. I would rather see an QH/TB or a Arab/TB cross as they tend to take on a little more athleticism.
     
    06-23-2013, 12:33 AM
  #5
Yearling
Probably not. You need more height than most Quarabs will have for the high levels of eventing. It would have to be pretty exceptional cross. For low level eventing, a quarab would probably be ok as long as it had the movement for Dressage and the ability to jump.
     
    06-23-2013, 01:23 AM
  #6
Foal
Thanks for the answers guys! I wish I could post a picture, but I'm not exactly sure how to... Anyway, I'm only just starting eventing so I'm definitely not heading to the upper levels any time soon! The horse I'm looking at is around 15hh, but may grow taller because of his age. Like I mentioned, he's got some very Arab qualities, but his head and hindquarters are more QH. His conformation isn't too bad, and he's very friendly and easy going. Does anyone have any experience with Quarabs and eventing, dressage or show jumping?
     
    06-23-2013, 05:19 AM
  #7
Weanling
If eventing is really where you want to be, I would maybe have a look at some other crosses. Its not to say this horse can't event, but the charateristics of either an Arab or a QH don't particularly suit IMO.
     
    06-23-2013, 11:42 AM
  #8
Yearling
My TB was a heck of an eventer. It's his long back that stopped him and he's retired from jumping. So I would try something long backed like a TB and cross with something short backed (Morgan, Arab or draft)
     
    06-23-2013, 01:07 PM
  #9
Trained
Like some of the others have said, you might try for a nice Anglo Arab, TB X Arab. Some of them are phenomenally athletic. By the time your 2 year old is ready to ride, you'll probably be beyond him if you stick with eventing.
     
    06-29-2013, 06:56 AM
  #10
Green Broke
I think you could use a QHxArab for low level eventing and as an all-rounder. They can be smart, versatile and great.

However, eventing is very competitive and this cross isn't quite bred for this sort of thing. A lot will depend on the individual horse, and I have seen some lovely Quarabs, but all in all you are probably better off getting a breed with a better track record at eventing if you want to get serious about it.

Thoroughbreds have been known to excel at it, as have many other breeds. Either an Anglo (ArabxTB) or QHxTB would probably be better for you purposes, or some sort of warmblood type cross.
     

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