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    08-20-2013, 07:14 PM
Question Considering a horse a "sport horse"....

I have a horse that I'm planning to lease out, and although he is a quarter horse, he is often confused as a thoroughbred or even warmblood because of his conformation and movement. I ride him english and have done some jumping with him, but was limited due to the small arena size. I've free-jumped him up to 4'7. I have also had many dressage riders say that I "NEED" to do dressage with him.

I know a sport horse is not a breed, but a type. Can I just stamp that name on him, or is there a registry I have to go through? In other words, can I advertise him as a sport horse without doing anything special?
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    08-20-2013, 07:17 PM
I think when most people think "sport horse," they think of a mixed breed of a certain "sporty" type. So, advertising a QH as a "sport horse" might confuse people (or turn them away when they learn he's a QH). That's just my thoughts on it, though.
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    08-20-2013, 07:24 PM
You could advertise him as "having a sport horse build" rather than "being" a sport horse. I think that would make it clear that his conformation leans more toward English disciplines while not being too confusing when you say he's a QH
    08-20-2013, 07:27 PM
Originally Posted by verona1016    
You could advertise him as "having a sport horse build" rather than "being" a sport horse. I think that would make it clear that his conformation leans more toward English disciplines while not being too confusing when you say he's a QH
That articulated MUCH better what I was trying to say. Lol
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    08-20-2013, 07:51 PM
When I see the term sporthorse I look at it more at what the horse is doing...for example I don't consider a trail pleasure horse (not one showing) as a sporthorse.

Why even use the term sporthorse? Simply advertise as a QH and list his abilities. Pictures will show his conformation in any case.
    08-20-2013, 08:06 PM

Originally Posted by tlkng1    
Why even use the term sporthorse? Simply advertise as a QH and list his abilities. Pictures will show his conformation in any case.
Because he's definitely not a typical quarter horse. I want to lease him to either a jumping or dressage place, especially because he is not the hunter/english horses AQHA riders have, and his headset is not like any other stock horse I've ever shown against. It is higher and he moves much bigger.
If I do not use the term sporthorse, I'm afraid people will see quarter horse and assume he's what AQHA advertises.
    08-20-2013, 08:25 PM
Maybe ad this definition to the ad. For someone not familiar with the term it may help to define:

"A sport horse or sporthorse is a type of horse, rather than any particular breed. The term is usually applied to horses bred for the traditional Olympic equestrian sporting events of dressage, eventing, show jumping, and combined driving. In the United States, horses used in hunt seat and show hunter competition are often classed as sport horses, whereas the British show hunter is classified as a "show horse."
    08-20-2013, 08:30 PM
And what, exactly, is a "typical" QH? Would it be the 17HH appendix that is showing H/J? Or is it the 14.2 athletic little cow horse? What is "typical? You are what I would consider a "typical" H/J person who looks down their noses at QH, so you want to put another label on him to make it sound better.

You do realize that some folks actually LIKE QH's? When I think of "sport horse" I think of a draft cross type for eventing. Why do you have to put a label on him? I don't get it.
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    08-20-2013, 08:50 PM
By typical quarter horse, I mean the horses you see when you open up the big advertisement books such as the Equine Chronicle and see every page filled with low headsets and dragging feet. I understand quarter horses can do just about anything. I board my horse on a QH breeding farm and occasionally show horses for them.
I'm not the snobby H/J you're thinking I am. I love quarter horses. It's the people I can't stand, quite honestly. I've gone to tons of quarter horse shows and see trainers tying horses' heads down, spurring or sharply circling horses that barely do anything wrong, and not to mention the peanut rolling and 4 beat loping. Even if you aren't showing, look at the Impressive bloodline with HYPP. The defect could be eliminated if people stopped breeding horses who have it, but they like the way it wins.
Is it all of AQHA? No. But it still wins.
It's the same in the H/J and dressage world. All sorts of abuse, drugging, harsh training. Does it win? Sometimes.
There are big flaws in every single horse world. I love H/J, and simply don't want my horse to go with an AQHA trainer. Sorry!

This is off topic with what my original post was. I simply want to know if I can label my horse as a sport horse, or if there's more I have to do. For example, there are plenty of horses that are bought and sold as Breeder's Trust eligible, but you can't advertise them as Breeder's Trust unless they are actually registered as such. That's all I'm wondering.
    08-20-2013, 08:56 PM
No. That's like listing a draft cross as a warmblood. Yes it's a type, but there are registries that have guidelines for build as well as eligibility.
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