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post #1 of 8 Old 08-01-2011, 02:12 AM Thread Starter
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I read online that quarter horses excel in rodeo but how about
English jumping?
Competative trail ride?
Cross Country?
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I don't know much about the things you are asking if quarter horses are good at, but I know they really excel at the quarter mile, hence the name "quarter'' horse. Any rodeo type speed event they are really good in. Don't know much about competitive trail riding or Cross Country, but they just aren't built for jumping compared to thoroughbreds, which, as far as I know, are them most common horse for jumping.

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well, there was a horse named penny and she is not a very succesful jumper and she is a thoroughbred.
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Not all horses are successful at jumping even if they are a thoroughbred, I'm just saying that's what I usually but I don't know a whole lot about jumping since I only did some lessons and not actual events. QH's can jump and I've read that they can jump 3'' to 4'' high which is okay if you aren't planning on doing major jumping and really big jumps later on.

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In general terms Quarter Horses are sprinters meaning they reach their top speed at short distances. A Quarter Horse race is a distance of 440 yds or 1/4 mile. There are many exceptions to the norm though.

A QH can jump, but they do not have the muscular or skeletel make-up to endure competitive show jumping. They don't have the stamina lung capacity that an Arabian has for competitive endurance racing nor the stamina or body build for Cross Country that the Thoroughbred is known to have.

I have done many things with my QH mare, even cross trained her to go in English Pleasure as well as Western. The QH shows do include English Equitation, although I never entered any such shows. She and I did speed events, team cattle penning and lots and lots of trail riding.
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There have been some pretty impressive Quarterhorses competing in Jumping and Cross Country (3 day eventing). Most are Appendix Quarterhorses with a much more 'Throughbred' look or ranginess. Some are Appendix QH that are 3/4trs Thoroughbred.

Most non Appendix Quarterhorses do not have an open enough angle at the point of shoulder to get their knees up over fences. They CAN jump but it is often with the forearms angled down and not level. If the DO get their knees up, often the feet dangle.

This is not to say there is NEVER a QH that does not make it in Hunters or Jumpers. It means that as a breed they are not well represented.

That being said, it is not the BREED that does the work, but the individual horse. While Thoroughbreds dominate a lot of jumping (and warmbloods) and Arabians dominate Competitive trail rides (Tevis Cup etc.) it does not mean that other breeds do not show up and do well.

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post #8 of 8 Old 08-01-2011, 12:12 PM
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I have a 14.2HH quarterhorse mare and she will jump anything I put in front of her. A few days ago we jumped 4`3 for the first time and she did awesome. Although they aren`t necessarily built for jumping they can do well in it if you have a horse that is willing to try for you. That being said because most quarter horses are small you may not be able to jump them as high as you would a warmblood or thoroughbred.
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