Quarter Horses as Endurance Horses?

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    04-30-2012, 11:25 PM
Quarter Horses as Endurance Horses?

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.
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    04-30-2012, 11:28 PM
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
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.
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    04-30-2012, 11:38 PM
Green Broke
I think it really depends on the certain horse and if you condition them correctly.
    05-01-2012, 09:04 AM
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.
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    05-01-2012, 09:35 AM
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
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!
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    05-01-2012, 10:16 AM
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
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.
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    05-01-2012, 11:00 AM
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.
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