Stocky QH good for competitive tral??

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    07-01-2012, 12:33 PM
Stocky QH good for competitive tral??

I have a 6 year old gelding QH, he has nice muscles, stocky, and is about 15.1. I was wondering if he would make a good competitve trail horse? I heard that QH can do well and some suck, what are your thoughts? He is in the process of training so any tips for getting him ready? Thanks
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    07-01-2012, 12:36 PM
By competitive trail do you mean trail classes or competitive trail riding?
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    07-01-2012, 12:40 PM
What is the difference?
    07-01-2012, 12:52 PM
Trail classes are a class in a horse show where you maneuver your horse around obstacles like opening a gate, backing up, stepping over poles, opening a mailbox.

Competitive trail riding is kind of like endurance riding, except more things are factored into the final score than just the time. I believe that they place a lot of emphasis on a riders relationship with their horse into the scoring.
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    07-01-2012, 01:23 PM
Oh okay, trail riding.
    07-01-2012, 04:28 PM
He should make a fine trail horse, as long as he has a steady temperament and keeps his head when he's startled or spooked.
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    07-06-2012, 09:25 PM
I used to do some trail riding with my QH, I haven't in a while as I am doing all arena training at the moment but hope to get back on the trail. I have never done competitive trail but my horse did trails wonderfully and really enjoyed the trail. She handled it wonderfully, and was confident and easily travelled hills, rivers, etc. And you hit the nail on the head by saying some horses do well and some don't. It's hard to generalize by saying some Qhs will be good and some will not be. Have you done trails with your QH already? There's a magazine called horse illustrated that had some trail training advice on how to increase trail endurance... the subscription for me was I think $10 a year and it has some nice advice for trail riders. I hope it goes well for ya (:
    07-10-2012, 09:15 AM
Competitive trail challenges have nothing to do with conformation, but how well he listens, works off your legs and is a willing partner.
    07-10-2012, 10:17 AM
Competitive trail challenges have nothing to do with conformation, but how well he listens, works off your legs and is a willing partner.
OK, we have two different competitions here.

A) Trail Competition = riding over obstacles, opening gates, backing over things, etc.

B) Compeditive trail = 25 or 50 miles over varried terrain. This is a timed event, you must not drastically exceed or come in under the alotted time. The goal is to have your horse come back from the ride in as close to the same condition he started in as possible.

I think the op was talking about b. The biggest thing with compeditive trail is conditioning. I have competed on ottb's, an appy and an arab, and my friends have ridden qh's and paints.

The biggest thing with a muscular stock breed is that they don't cool out as quickly as the lighter breeds. At the vet stops your horses pulse and respiration has to come down, which takes a little longer. Also many qh's don't have as much endurance. That said I've seen many successfuly compete at rides, so go for it, and have fun :)
    07-10-2012, 12:01 PM
I've use my old QH on competative trail rides. SHe came in first! Did absolutely fabulous!

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