Thoroughbreds, the most versatile?

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    12-11-2012, 10:40 AM
Thoroughbreds, the most versatile?

Okayyy, just out of curiosity, I want to see other peoples opinions on this. I've seen and ridden TB's who have done everything from the race track, to cart (sorry I have no idea what to call it, its still early), jumpers, to reining. It seems TB's can do anything they put their minds to. And they can rise to the best in their division, no matter what it is. Olympics, Clinton Anderson training, Christmas Carriages, anything. Does anyone out there know of a breed more beautifully and successfully versatile than the Thoroughbred? :) PICS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME!
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    12-11-2012, 10:48 AM
Well, you've just opened a HUGE can of worms for Christmas.

There is no breed that can do everything successfully to the highest ranks of the sport.

TBs are wonderful and versatile horses, but there are plenty of other breeds who do just as well or even better at certain disciplines.
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    12-11-2012, 10:54 AM
What SR said. There are plenty of breeds that are versatile and they all have their fanbase.
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    12-11-2012, 10:55 AM
Oh I know that. :) I know they can't be the best in everything, lol. But I was just wondering what people thought was the most versatile breed. Like if you owned a QH and someone asked you to pull a cart, could he do it? That type of thing :) not a "TB's are the best and you can't prove me wrong" type thing. Hahaha
    12-11-2012, 10:57 AM
Im trying to take a poll for my Econ class, each breed selected for the top of its game will be added to my roster, and I will add up the total amount for the average quality buy per horse division, then present it to my econ class. Im not trying to be "posh". Im just curious is all :)
    12-11-2012, 10:59 AM
Sure, I will play. Saddlebreds can do all of those things as well. Pull a cart, trail ride, barrel race, show in the park division, gait, jump, dressage etc.... Many breeds can, it is the owners/people who limit them. Those who have taken the challenge to think outside the box have often had amazing results. :) Peace this Christmas season. :)
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    12-11-2012, 11:00 AM
Originally Posted by Inga    
Sure, I will play. Saddlebreds can do all of those things as well. Pull a cart, trail ride, barrel race, show in the park division, gait, jump, dressage etc.... Many breeds can, it is the owners/people who limit them. Those who have taken the challenge to think outside the box have often had amazing results. :) Peace this Christmas season. :)
Saddlebreds! Wow I totally forgot about them. I agree :) and man they are pretty and well set. :)
    12-11-2012, 11:01 AM
The problem is that there simply isn't one breed that can be called 'most versatile'.

They can all be trained to drive, event, race, jump, etc., but that doesn't mean they'll be good at it. Doing something 'okay' and doing it to the top ranks of that particular discipline are something else entirely.

Anyone who has been around horses long enough knows that there is no such thing as one breed who does it all superlatively.
    12-11-2012, 11:01 AM
I think quarter horses when I hear "Most versatile." Quarter horses are everywhere. Polo, ALL english and western classes, flat racers, cart horses, dressage, jumping, you name it a QH has done it.
    12-11-2012, 11:13 AM
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Drafts are the masters of pulling

Warmbloods are accepted as the ultimate dressage horse

Certain qh's(and stock type appy and paints) are top notch for cattle work

Racing lines of qh's are the best sprinters

Thoroughbreds are the masters of distance racing

Arabs are first choice for endurance.

I don't think using variations in a breed is fair either. In AQHA, you can have a 14.2hh reiner, a 16.2 hh waestern pleasure horse and a 16hh tank of a halter horse. Try to swap jobs between the these horses and the results would be laughable, even though they may be the champions of their sports.

I ride OTTB's that have been successful on the track. Some are great on the trails. Some not. Some love to jump and some hate it. We have one who could not jump or do dressage if his life depended on it, and one who hates trails but would excell at barrel racing.

Every breed has a purpose, though individuals in it may be alright at various disaplines, there is no one breed that can do everything. Thus the reason we have various breeds.

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