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post #11 of 13 Old 08-20-2013, 08:12 PM
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I'm a non-professional type. Suppose I was looking for a 'sporthorse' and I came to look at your horse. Then you tell me he is a Quarter Horse. I'd probably be polite, mumble some excuse, and leave. Why? Because I would have lost confidence in your integrity. From my non-jumping, non-dressage perspective, if I'm going to lease a horse, I would rate honesty by the owner as critical, and run from anyone giving me bad vibes.

OTOH, if you advertised him as a QH who shows a lot of potential in jumping, built like a sporthorse...then you've told me the facts and I can decide if I'm interested.

Or, to use tlkng1's definition, advertise him as a QH whose conformation and temperament make him an ideal candidate for "the traditional Olympic equestrian sporting events of dressage, eventing, show jumping, and combined driving".

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post #12 of 13 Old 08-20-2013, 08:44 PM
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Heh, Im iffy on the term sport horse in general....a lot of people breeding random stuff and slapping it with the name -"sport horse".

One poster suggested saying something along the lines of "sport horse build", and that's probably acceptable. So is simply stating, if its so, that he is built like a TB. BUT I would hesitate to call him a sport horse.....
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post #13 of 13 Old 08-20-2013, 08:56 PM
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Honestly, I almost feel that the term "sport horse" doesn't mean a whole lot... There are Friesian Crosses, draft crosses, Arabian crosses, etc, all listed as sport horses.
Be truthful... If people know what they want, and are experienced they will be able to see past the AQHA name and be able to look at what your horse is capable of. If someone wants a dressage horse they will look at your horses confirmation and abilities, not at his breed.
I honestly feel that you should advertise him as a Quarter Horse, take very good pictures of what he is capable of, and in your description describe him as you have here.
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