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    08-15-2012, 10:01 PM
question about quarter horses

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I see a fair number of quarter horses. I know they are very popular. I don't mean to offend anyone but there is a fair portion of the ones I see that are very poorly behaved. Big bodies, tiny feet and snotty attitude seems to sum up a portion of the breed. Which is weird because everyone recommends them as a beginner horse. I also don't live in ranching country. A lot of the horses are pleasure horses in the purest sense of the word.

So, my question is do people in the quarter horse world feel that there has been a trade off with personalty and health with the rise in popularity of the breed? I know in the dog world they say the scourge of any breed is popularity because they are bred without thought and only to turn a buck. I was wondering if people in the quarter horse world feel this way. Or am I just seeing a lot of spoiled horses? So, is it poor breeding or poor beginner horse behavior?
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    08-15-2012, 10:06 PM
Two of my horses are QHs. They are just as well-behaved and sweet-tempered as the Standardbred, the Clydes, the ponies...

It all comes down to training. The ones you saw were spoiled. Few horses are born with a snotty attitude. The ones you saw were probably made that way BECAUSE of their preference as being kids' mounts. A bunch of camp or lesson kids are the best way to ruin horses.

On another note, though, I have found that an awful lot of them have poor feet, especially the newer types that you mentioned. If not poor feet, just overly sensitive. Just my observation.
    08-15-2012, 10:09 PM
I don't know enough about horses in general to answer your question, but the horse I ride is a QH-cross. He's sweet as they come, totally safe, very laid back, but puts you to the test when push comes to shove. I love his personality and I feel like I'm learning a lot from him. Wouldn't change a thing!
    08-15-2012, 10:11 PM
I think you are seeing the bad side of quarter horses.

I reccomend going to well run[and well known] shows and rodeos just to see how Quarter Horses are.

All of my horses are quarter horses. Not a single one of them fits your description.
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    08-15-2012, 10:12 PM
I'll credit the biggest part of manners and attitude to handling and a small part to breeding.

I'll ride them, but I don't know of many purebred QHs that are ranch horses. Most are grades with just some QH in them.
    08-15-2012, 10:14 PM
Originally Posted by boots    
I'll ride them, but I don't know of many purebred QHs that are ranch horses. Most are grades with just some QH in them.
Come up to Montana then, every ranch horse I know of has some kind of QH pedigree.
Minus my brother's horse who's half TB.
    08-15-2012, 10:21 PM
No, I worked with a number of great QH out west and I know that when they are good they can be really good. I worked with a lot of grade QH that were selected to work on a guest ranch. So, that sort of self selects for calm dispositions.

The thing I don't get about the owners is that the horses are often owned, worked and ridden by adults. I just wondered if I was seeing a bad section locally or if this was a part of growing trend.

Ha I worked in Montana for two years. The only quarter horse I saw there was a A one bucking horse owned by a nice novice owner/rider who did not want a bucking horse.
    08-15-2012, 10:22 PM
We have 4 QH and each personality is night and day in their own right. None of them are snotty and all are expected to ride the same no matter how long it has been since their last ride.

I would imagine that attitude is different even in the different bred discipline QH. Racing vs Working vs Pleasure.
    08-15-2012, 10:31 PM
I've never believed in the breed stereotypes. I grew being told that QHs are the only way to go (and they are what I currently have just because life works that way) and that paints and appys were crazy and TBs were loco and everything was just worthless...BUT I have seen many paints that were calmer than QHs, tho I have also seen many QHs that were calm. I believe that it isn't the horses breeding, but the people who handle him. For example. My cousins bought 2 AQHA APHA weanlings out of the killpen. The oldest cousin was harder handed and a little rougher and her colt was skittish, while the younger was patient and her colt was sweet as can be.
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    08-15-2012, 10:36 PM
Originally Posted by BubblesBlue    
Come up to Montana then, every ranch horse I know of has some kind of QH pedigree.
Minus my brother's horse who's half TB.

No thanks. Your taxes are too high and there are too many people. All nice people, just too many!

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