Quarter Horses as Endurance Horses?
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Horse Breeds, Breeding, and Genetics > Horse Breeds

Quarter Horses as Endurance Horses?

This is a discussion on Quarter Horses as Endurance Horses? within the Horse Breeds forums, part of the Horse Breeds, Breeding, and Genetics category
  • Can a quarter horse be conditioned to do endurance riding
  • Breeding a tough endurance horse

Like Tree9Likes

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    04-30-2012, 11:25 PM
  #1
Weanling
Quarter Horses as Endurance Horses?

Howdy,
For obvious reasons, Arabs excel at endurance racing, but why is it that quarter horses don't have as good a rap sheet, besides the potential lack of stamina compared to Arabians? I've been told that they over heat more often compared to Arabians due to the higher muscle mass but I've heard no other good reasons. Also, has anyone ever known a high level QH endurance racer? I used to ride a 50 miler but I've never seen one do 75's or 100's. Any input welcome.
Posted via Mobile Device
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    04-30-2012, 11:28 PM
  #2
Green Broke
My friend used her appendix for endurance a couple years back he did great and loved it. However she didn't enjoy it much.
     
    04-30-2012, 11:36 PM
  #3
Weanling
I just took the QH I mentioned on a 25 mile ride yesterday and he loved it. I was just wondering because I'm interested in doing 50 mile rides again and didn't know many quarter horses who were successful.
Posted via Mobile Device
     
    04-30-2012, 11:38 PM
  #4
Green Broke
I think it really depends on the certain horse and if you condition them correctly.
     
    05-01-2012, 09:04 AM
  #5
Green Broke
QH's arnt suited for the sport. Be like running a dragster in the Daytona 500.
That over heating and muscle mass is a huge difference.
QH's are built for sprinting, quick maneuvers and power moves, hence the whole "quarter" part of their name. As in quarter mile. They fell out of favor when the race tracks were lengthened.
They tend to be built like wrestlers, lots of big bulky muscles which as you stated don't lend themselves to cooling.
However AQHA keeps allowing more and more Thoroughbred stock to dilute the breed, so while in general the classic QH isnt suited there are individuals that may do well. While any healthy horse in moderate condition can do an LD, its a whole different ball game at the actual endurance lengths. I think I only saw 1 QH listed in the year end standings at AERC. If you have a QH and want to do the rides get him in shape and go do them. If you are shopping for a horse specifically to do endurance there are better choices.
palominolover and Thyme like this.
     
    05-01-2012, 09:35 AM
  #6
Started
I too have been wondering this. What about the quarter horses that are used as ranch horses, responsible for traveling miles of fenceline or driving cattle for days?
     
    05-01-2012, 10:04 AM
  #7
Trained
The horse with the most Tevis cup finishes in history is a registered quarter horse.
It all just depends on the horse, it's conditioning, and sheer will.
If I ever look for an endurance prospect it will be a quarab. Personally I've had great expierences with them and they are hard to beat when bred right. Generally Arabs have it hands down but I've seen some mules outdo loads of arabs too! Lol!
Posted via Mobile Device
Ripper likes this.
     
    05-01-2012, 10:16 AM
  #8
QOS
Green Broke
I started training my QH with the long slow distance that is the standard for endurance riding. Biscuit was a chunky bunky at the time and he trimmed and shaped up just fine. My buddies are riding with an Arabian and TW. When in shape Biscuit can keep up and QH's do have alot of get up and go and stick-to-it-ness. You can certainly compete on them but as far as winning big races most likely not. Arab's are tough as boots and so are QH but they are bred to do two different things. I keep my horses at an Arab facility and am totally impressed on how tough they are and how sweet they can be.

If you are interested in getting into it and don't have a horse yet - go Arabian or Quarab. My cousin has a Quarab. If you already have a QH condition it well and get after it.

Biscuit has gained weight this year due to lack of riding due to weather issues. Gaaaa...can't wait to get back to my riding and training schedule - and maybe I will actually compete on day!
     
    05-01-2012, 10:57 AM
  #9
Green Broke
Yep a QH finished 13 Tevis cups, but 95% of them were won by Arabs (84 %) and arab Crosses (11%) No QH's.

Course there will soon be a Tennessee Walker added to that list.
palominolover, FlyGap and Wallee like this.
     
    05-01-2012, 11:00 AM
  #10
Weanling
I used compete on a QH that had 3000+ miles, and would top ten in 50 mile races, but I was wondering what the characteristics of a QH endurance racer would be?? And as oh vair oh was wondering, would a ranch bred QH be more up to the challenge.
Posted via Mobile Device
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Quarter Horses Fourpaws Horse Breeds 23 10-06-2011 12:55 AM
Endurance Horses - Action in the Paddock crackrider Horse Pictures 4 05-16-2009 10:20 PM
Endurance Horses agentspades Horse Breeds 24 12-04-2007 01:25 PM
Endurance horses!!! crackrider Horse Pictures 10 02-07-2007 11:25 PM
Quarter horses Gammelquarterhorses Horse Breeds 0 12-29-2006 10:10 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:18 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0