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post #1 of 33 Old 07-28-2011, 03:42 AM Thread Starter
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Question Quarter horse crosses?

Hiya, :)
Pretty keen to get a quarter horse cross something.
Or ya' know just a quarter horse...
Anyone have one or have an opinion on them?
Good and bad traits?
Cheers, :)
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First off, howdy and welcome to the forum .

I, personally, love quarter horses. Because there is such diversity, you can find one to match pretty much whatever you want to do from cattle work to jumping and dressage and everything in between.

Of course, like any horse breed, there are individuals that run the entire spectrum from amazing and bombproof to snorty and hyper-reactive, but from my experience, many of them are very level headed, smart, and quick to learn. They are athletic and willing and capable, just a great breed for pretty much anything.

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Thankkss for your opinion
Just maade me want one even more lol, im over seeing thoroughbreds, I want something different :)
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As for crosses, I honestly believe a QHxArab cross is one of the best hroses you can buy....But you have to have a sense of humor and you have to be patient and make sure you click.

By stereotype, sometimes undeserved, Arabians are hot horses. However, they are also a breed of horse that is incredibly smart and will (And I mean this) remember everything. Every arabian and arabian cross I have been around shows that feature. They are sensitive and intelligent animals who will take work to befriend...But once you do befriend the you will never, ever want another breed again.

Quarter Horses are like smrobs said. Extremely versatile and good minded horses, just a really good all-around breed where you can find pretty much anything you want.

I believe in the QHxArab (Quarab, if you will) because when you breed the muscle and the athleticism of the QH with the speed, heart and stamina of the Arabian you get a horse that's fast, catty, can go for days and is extremely willing and athletic.

Now I'm not going to say I haven't met some stupid ones, because I have. But I would say that about 80% of the ones I have met I have absolutely fallen in love with, and then 15% I have not liked but others have just absolutely clicked with them.

Really, really wonderful horses IMO. You can get the cattiness of a cowhorse or the ability of a sporthorse, and the mind and beauty of a dressage horse too. Anything you want can be accomplished with "Quarabs" I believe.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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As for crosses, I honestly believe a QHxArab cross is one of the best hroses you can buy....But you have to have a sense of humor and you have to be patient and make sure you click.

By stereotype, sometimes undeserved, Arabians are hot horses. However, they are also a breed of horse that is incredibly smart and will (And I mean this) remember everything. Every arabian and arabian cross I have been around shows that feature. They are sensitive and intelligent animals who will take work to befriend...But once you do befriend the you will never, ever want another breed again.

Quarter Horses are like smrobs said. Extremely versatile and good minded horses, just a really good all-around breed where you can find pretty much anything you want.

I believe in the QHxArab (Quarab, if you will) because when you breed the muscle and the athleticism of the QH with the speed, heart and stamina of the Arabian you get a horse that's fast, catty, can go for days and is extremely willing and athletic.

Now I'm not going to say I haven't met some stupid ones, because I have. But I would say that about 80% of the ones I have met I have absolutely fallen in love with, and then 15% I have not liked but others have just absolutely clicked with them.

Really, really wonderful horses IMO. You can get the cattiness of a cowhorse or the ability of a sporthorse, and the mind and beauty of a dressage horse too. Anything you want can be accomplished with "Quarabs" I believe.
Oh okay, yeah i've had quarabs recommended by my old trainer, theyre usually good looking horses aswell aye . :)
Thaanks.
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I am also somewhat drawn to Quarter Horses... with one small reservation... I can't ever seem to find one with the kind of substance I like to see in legs and hooves. The majority I've seen have fine-boned legs and little teacup hooves that make me wince. Maybe I'm biased, but I like something more like you see in the majority of mustangs.
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Eolith, you might look more into the reining or cutting lines. Horses that are bred for heavier performance events usually have better feet and bones. It's those tall pleasure type horses and halter horses who have those tiny feet and bones. However, when comparing it to Mustangs, everything looks like chicken legs LOL.

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I have a couple of QH's.. They can be as different as night and day in build and temperment. Find a good solid line of breeding for what you want and go from there. My mare, Heidi is Hancock bred on top and her mom is a race bred QH. I believe Heidi is 1/4 TB but she favors her sires lines. Another one, Abe is a 16.1 hand bred for english aqha showing and has long slender legs.. He is also 1/4TB.. Then I have Cinder, who is not registered but I am sure she is QH bred and her colt, Corona.. He's got a typical qh build.. Working not show bred, imo.. Go for good bone, good feet, and good temperment and you can't go wrong regardless of the breed you chose...

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Thanks for the tip on the lines to look for in terms of finding a QH with a bit more substance. Are there any big names to look for in those lines?
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I am also somewhat drawn to Quarter Horses... with one small reservation... I can't ever seem to find one with the kind of substance I like to see in legs and hooves. The majority I've seen have fine-boned legs and little teacup hooves that make me wince. Maybe I'm biased, but I like something more like you see in the majority of mustangs.
I know, I hate it when horses have these tiny legs. Aha.
I was thinking like a quarter horse cross paint would have a nice solid build? :)
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