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    05-15-2012, 10:56 AM
  #11
Trained
I think the differance in the lines of the QH is what makes the breed what it is. I like the fack that I can have a QH and show AQHA and get a horse who can do what ever I want. I prefer reining and reined cow horse but there are people who love QH and love using them as H/J or Dressage or what have you. The deversity of the breed it what makes then different them most other breeds out there.
     
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    05-15-2012, 10:59 AM
  #12
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The foundation, ranch type. Extremely sound, quick and powerful, but you could ride all day, cowy, bold, fast when you need it but settles down to a long day of w/t checking cows. Great temperment, fantastic work ethic.

To me a quarter horse was the ultimate working ranch horse that made settling and ranching the west possible.

I think its a shame that the breed has gone from that to one where you can find your next jumping/dressage/hunter/eventer/halter/reining/cow/trail/kids pony, from pony size to 18hh, heavily muscled and extremely stocky build to super light and narrow, roman nose and coarse face to dainty arab type, solid bone to "tooth pick" legs.

When does a breed stop being a breed?
BlueSpark, you pretty much took the words out of my mouth. I like my QH's old school, brains, bone, athleticism and longevity. I much prefer the looks of horses in my grandfather's QH Journals from the 50s than most that are in there today. They make great jacks of all trades. I like them with a good reining & cowhorse foundation and then you can just keep adding to their repertoire.
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    05-15-2012, 11:01 AM
  #13
Ink
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Originally Posted by BlueSpark    
I think its a shame that the breed has gone from that to one where you can find your next jumping/dressage/hunter/eventer/halter/reining/cow/trail/kids pony, from pony size to 18hh, heavily muscled and extremely stocky build to super light and narrow, roman nose and coarse face to dainty arab type, solid bone to "tooth pick" legs.

When does a breed stop being a breed?

I think it's both good and bad that the breed has so much diversity. On the one hand, no matter what you want to do there's a QH out there to suit your needs. It's probably the main reason the Quarter Horse is the most popular/common breed in the US (I think maybe even the world but I can't remember if that's right or not).
Conversely, it can be frustrating that you almost have to find a horse bred to specialize in your chosen discipline to be competitive at the high levels. True all around Quarter horses that could compete and win in everything from halter to reining to hunter under saddle are nearly impossible to find.


I personally like having options within a breed. I love my current cow type quarter horse. She's close to the ground and has a good head on her shoulders and is perfect for my western aspirations, but down the road I'd also like to get a bigger hunter type that's better to suited to my hunter and low level dressage inclinations. It's like having two sides to the same coin... or perhaps in the case of the American Quarter horse, six sides of the same dice?
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    05-15-2012, 11:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Ink    
I think it's both good and bad that the breed has so much diversity. On the one hand, no matter what you want to do there's a QH out there to suit your needs. It's probably the main reason the Quarter Horse is the most popular/common breed in the US (I think maybe even the world but I can't remember if that's right or not).
Conversely, it can be frustrating that you almost have to find a horse bred to specialize in your chosen discipline to be competitive at the high levels. True all around Quarter horses that could compete and win in everything from halter to reining to hunter under saddle are nearly impossible to find.


I personally like having options within a breed. I love my current cow type quarter horse. She's close to the ground and has a good head on her shoulders and is perfect for my western aspirations, but down the road I'd also like to get a bigger hunter type that's better to suited to my hunter and low level dressage inclinations. It's like having two sides to the same coin... or perhaps in the case of the American Quarter horse, six sides of the same dice?
A great all around QH is not hard to find.

They are just not a dime a dozen.
     
    05-15-2012, 11:14 AM
  #15
Ink
Weanling
You show me one that does barrels, reining AND hunter under saddle Ripper and I'll believe you.

Sure there are plenty that can do WP and HUS (and all the related eq classes) but it's incredibly difficult to take the cowy reining and cutting types and be competitive with a 16-17 horse that was bred for hunter classes. Finding a horse that can literally do EVERYTHING and do it well is tough to find.
     
    05-15-2012, 11:18 AM
  #16
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Originally Posted by Ripper    
A great all around QH is not hard to find.

They are just not a dime a dozen.

Problem is when you have horses who produce those type of horses very few people want to use them as breeding horses. They say they want them but they will not look at a horse like that.
     
    05-15-2012, 11:21 AM
  #17
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You show me one that does barrels, reining AND hunter under saddle Ripper and I'll believe you.

Sure there are plenty that can do WP and HUS (and all the related eq classes) but it's incredibly difficult to take the cowy reining and cutting types and be competitive with a 16-17 horse that was bred for hunter classes. Finding a horse that can literally do EVERYTHING and do it well is tough to find.

My stallion has done well in all these events. I have used him as a rope horse NRHA green/Rookie reining horse he also does well at HUS shows. He has get who have high points in everything from Halter to HUS and WP and reining yet no one wants to breed to a stallion like that. They want one who has produced WSQ in one event and the one they are interested in. Instead of one who will put you in the top 5 or so in multiple events. The day of the Supper horse who is truly versital is long gone.
     
    05-15-2012, 11:34 AM
  #18
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You show me one that does barrels, reining AND hunter under saddle Ripper and I'll believe you.

Sure there are plenty that can do WP and HUS (and all the related eq classes) but it's incredibly difficult to take the cowy reining and cutting types and be competitive with a 16-17 horse that was bred for hunter classes. Finding a horse that can literally do EVERYTHING and do it well is tough to find.
9905 Amateur Versatility – Overall | PleasureHorse.com

Here is a whole arena full of them.
     
    05-15-2012, 11:35 AM
  #19
Ink
Weanling
That's a shame nrhareiner. I know several amateur riders like myself dabble in a bit of everything, it's too bad folks aren't breeding more all around horses. It'd sure be nice to have one that could do it all. Not that I don't toss an english saddle on my 14 hand cow bred horse every now and then, I'm just not delusional about our chances of placing at a breed show
     
    05-15-2012, 11:40 AM
  #20
Ink
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Ripper    
9905 Amateur Versatility Overall | PleasureHorse.com

Here is a whole arena full of them.

Pfft! Those horses are pole bending, I clearly said barrels

Just kidding! That's pretty cool.
     

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