Originally Posted by JustDressageIt View Post
Doubt they'd do we'll in a 5-gaited class.... ;)
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I'm not convinced. Mum had a QH gelding who walked, ambled, trotted, paced, cantered and galloped. Yes you read right. We have no idea of his bloodlines and best we can determine it was a physical/psychological problem, once we had his physical issues sorted he didn't gait... but there is "Indian Shuffle" in QH, Paint and Appy lines so who knows?
I do believe that QH are most versatile for Western disciplines and it's between TB and Warmblood for most versatile for English disciplines. Far as I'm concerned a good warmblood has both jumping AND dressage in its bloodlines and can do either or both with aplomb - AND is refined enough to make time on cross-country, and jumps with enough style that it could do well in Hunters as well. A good TB, much the same, but it is a lot harder to find a good TB than it is to find a good WB, purely because the majority of TB's are bred to race, and racing likes different conformation/movement types to performance disciplines.
English and Western have COMPLETELY different conformation types. What excels in Western disciplines is highly likely to bomb out in English disciplines once it gets to any reasonably high level. Likewise an English-built horse is unlikely to excel in Western disciplines.
I love the QH breed, and some Appendixes are BRILLIANT dressage/jumping/eventing horses as well as being reasonably good for Western disciplines, but my heart really is with the TB's and TB crosses.
Main reason for that is that you can cross a TB with almost anything, if the cross is done right, and the resulting foal has the potential to be really something. While the TB has been a "pure" breed for a long time, it has a LOT of different types and a range of different temperaments.