Is this true about Appendix Quarter Horses?

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    01-08-2008, 06:07 PM
Is this true about Appendix Quarter Horses?

Is it true that Appendix Quarter Horses are mean? I've heard this around but never thought anything of it. Until... My friend got a 9-year-old Appendix Quarter Horse for showing and jumping. When she tested him out he was great and also at first and then...He was always kinda pushy. He constantly bucked with her and tried to get her off. Well he achieved. He bucked her off about 4 times and the last time he bucked her off, he also kicked her in the face and broke her cheek and knocked some teeth out! Then he bucked a lady off and broke her shoulder!! OUCH!! They ended up giving him away to a trainer who knew what he was all about!! She was also constantly showing him every weekend. It was kinda stressful on her and him and before she bought the horse, he had been with his mom, dad and brother for 9 years. So is this true or was it just this one horse? Could it just be stress or what? Maybe the rider? Cause she has a AQHA gelding and he bucks all the time too but her new warmblood is like perfect with her!!
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    01-09-2008, 03:13 PM
I have only known 1 appendix qh, my sisters, and he is def. Not mean. Although he his a spooker, which I think has more to do with his bad past than breeding.

My guess is it was just the horse
    01-09-2008, 03:44 PM
Maybe its her since you said her other horse bucks all the time too. Maybe she just isn't punishing right. Sry but in my opinion if you beat the crap out of the horse for doing that then he wont do it. Maybe her new horse already knows better. He will probably try to buck eventually and when he finds he can get away with it he'll continue. Just a warning
    01-09-2008, 03:45 PM
Interesting...I had never heard that about them, but I have plenty of thoughts on the matter.

My step mom used to have an appendix QH - a dash for cash boy. He sent her to the hospital 3 times.from bucking - Broken wrist, dislocated shoulder, cut open leg artery - causing her to be sent in a medical helicopter. That one finally made her sell him.

My sister sent her appendix QH to us when she could not sell him (also a dash for cash boy). He had a nice enough personality, but there was something else going on with him. He spooked a lot, bucked a lot, pulled back when tied, would blow out of the horse trailer, Overall, very explosive.

I think there are pleny of nice appendix QHs out there, but the problem is that they are so big usually that when they misbehave like a 15H horse would, they have more power, are more explosive, and just more dangerous.

They are often off the track giving them a whole set of problems both physical and mental.

I have seen many that are physically unsound (constantly becoming lame due to one part of their body or another). They need corrective shoes, chiropractors, vet visits, time off, special pads, special saddles, etc. ( this is of course true of other horses as well and does not apply to all appendix, but the numbers seem to be high).

I also think that they are incredible athletes when everything is working for them mentally and physically, so this draws people to getting them for high impact/high stress disciplines - finishing the cycle with a stressed out, dangerously explosive, and often lame horse.

Both of the horses I described above were barrel horses and the second one was off the track. These kind of horses are popular with barrel racers because of their speed and agility, but again, I saw so many horse explosions and accidents during my time with the serious barrel racers that I figure there has to be a correlation between high stress high impact disciplines and the behaviors that are seen in the horses most popular for those disciplines.

I have assume that there are pleny of appendix QHs that are raised properly with love and care, without soundness issues, that have a lower stress lifestyle that fits their horsenality, who are safe, sweet, and happy.
    01-09-2008, 09:45 PM
Yeah see he wasnt off the track. He just jumped. The thing is he didnt only buck with her, it was with very experienced people too. He bucked two trainers off. One broke her shoulder from the fall.
    01-09-2008, 11:06 PM
Originally Posted by americancowgurl31391
yeah see he wasnt off the track. He just jumped. The thing is he didnt only buck with her, it was with very experienced people too. He bucked two trainers off. One broke her shoulder from the fall.
Have you ever met a person who was just a flat out jerk??? No matter how nice you were or what you said they were just horrible anyway??? Well I firmly believe that horses, like people, sometimes are just jerks with a bad attitude and no matter what you do that is just who they are. I have a few R1 QH's and have never found them to be nasty. Don't blame the breed to me that would be like saying "all english people are stupid" or "all australians are ugly". I think the personality of this horse is just maybe who he is
    01-10-2008, 10:29 AM
We have 8 Appendix QH's here. Not a one of them is mean or nasty. Two have been 4-H horses for many years. We use them for barrel racing, pole bending, jumping, cow work, team penning, team roping, heck, they've even been used by my four year old son. I think it's just that horse's attitude that causes him to be bad, not the fact that he's an Appendix. Could it have anything to do with a sore back or mouth? Discomfort often causes stuff like that.
    01-10-2008, 11:38 AM
He was vet checked and everything was perfect. I Love Lane, I totally see what your saying about maybe this just being him. Before he left for his new home, I started brushing him and spending time with him. He was so sweet to me so maybe it was just because she was constantly showing him. Maybe he just wanted some downtime and some love. Yeah I have a AQHA gelding and he is the sweetest thing ever!!
    01-10-2008, 07:16 PM
No they are not mean. I have know and owned countless Appendixes and they are truely one of my favorite breeds. Everyone I have known, with a few exceptions are very sweet and willing. My favorite horse is an appendix and I got her when I was 7 and her 2 and she always took awesome care of me. So being mean is definitely not a characteristic of the breed. I must have judt been a difficult horse.
    01-10-2008, 09:06 PM
I have never heard they are mean. I've known some Appendix quarter horses to be mean, but not all.

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