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post #11 of 33 Old 12-11-2012, 10:18 AM Thread Starter
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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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Show me a TB that can gait.
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Show me a TB that can gait.

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Show me a TB that can gait.
Wait, I thought you were all about Ayrabs now. All of a sudden you're back on the gaited horses.
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post #16 of 33 Old 12-11-2012, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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My old (insane) one could. HA! Everyone always asked if he was a gated horse. I looked with shame and sighed,"No... he's a Thoroughbred..." I always got the oddest expressions. Sure, it was only because he was psychotic, but he could definitely pull it off at times. Hahha If I can ever find any videos I kept of him in the ring I can prove it.

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Go to an AQHA breed show.

Some of those english QHs are pretty much so watered down with TB blood they may as well be.

But the western ones are pure blood and true

The halter QH's are huge and ridiculous

The driving QHs the same

The racing QHs are just as fast as any others in their sprinting

Personally, if I was going to pick a breed, I would pick that one. TBs can do a lot of things as well, but in my experience it is a lot harder for them to get in the ground and really work a cow, slide their stops, turn their barrels, and really dig in. Of course, we have to figure out the type of the breed and the conformation as well.

Long story short this is a ridiculous broad question.
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post #18 of 33 Old 12-11-2012, 04:58 PM
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I am inclined to agree that the TB is the most versatile!

They might not be as fast as a QH over 4 furlongs bit not many QHs can race further than that!
There have been many TBs as top class show jumpers, eventers and dressage horses.
I know nothing about reining or any other western competitions.

I do know for a fact that TBs have played a great part in improving the warm bloods. There is a lot of TB influence over the last 40 years. The fact that TBs do not show in pedigrees is down to the fact that the societies registered them as Hanoverians or whatever when they 'approved' them.
I am not sure how true it is as I have only spoken to a few people about it, that a lot of working QHs are being crossed with TBs to improve stamina and speed.

Top Polo players do not like QHs because of their lack of stamina they prefer either Argentinian horses or TBs.

TBs have doen well in endurance but, not nearly as well as Arabs.

Every breed of horse was bred for a purpose. Obviously a TB could not pull the weight a Shire could, but, neither could a Shire do much more than pull!

If anyone can name any other bred that has been to Olympic dressage, eventing or show jumping, raced over a variety of distances then please name it!
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I don't think the biggest concern should be finding a breed that can do it all, it's finding a breed that is right for the person. Which one fits your personality and interests the best. I might be in awe of all the breeds but there are some that work better for my needs. Same as dogs, I think all dogs are wonderful and beautiful but honestly, if it isn't a Rottweiler, I don't want to live with it. Same for horse breeds, though there are a few I like to live with.


The other thing is, you can likely make a horse of a certain breed do many things but will it and you be happy in doing so? There are individual horses that don't even like doing the things they were bred to do. You can force it but it won't be a pleasant thing for either of you.
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Agreed that no one breed can do it all, or certainly can't do it all well.

But to add to your list for your research:

The Morgan.
Great stamina and sure-footedness for endurance and trails
Well-bred ones look flashy and collect nicely in dressage and Western showmanship
I've seen the stockier types work cows on ranches alongside the QHs
Mine jumped small jumps great, but generally not so good with the taller jumps.
Tough little buggers.

Not really fair to say they're super-versatile though. Some are very athletic built, and some almost look like draft horses. Very versatile within the breed, but each individual is more suited towards certain jobs.
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