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garlicbunny 06-03-2011 10:14 PM

horses built croup higher than withers question
I know that a horse built downhill from the croup to the withers is not good and that more weight will be on the forehand, but what ill effects are caused by this. i was looking at a Qh online and asked if the horse was on level ground or not because the croup was higher than the withers and she replied that he is no more downhill than most QH's. Well I have a QH and he is not downhill.

Is this a horse I should pass on because of this or what do I need to know if I decide to go look at him? Sorry this is so long...any advice?

candandy49 06-04-2011 06:50 AM

A horse who is croup higher than the withers(downhill) will not have any ill effects with physical problems. Quarter Horses are very versitile and can even do well in Dressage.

Indigosblue 06-05-2011 11:25 PM

all i know is that lots of TB's are downhill, it helps them run faster b/c their weight is more forward... you can pretty much do anything with a well-trained TB so i don't see many problems. It all depends on the horse itself though....i've personally never heard that QH are all downhill, my mom's sure isn't. If it looks bad then i would pass, but if you like the horse go and see if it affects him/her at all. maybe take a trainer with you? Good Luck!

tinyliny 06-05-2011 11:49 PM

Most Qh's ARE a bit dowhill. Their power is in their hindlegs, and being a bigt longer than the fore, then reach forward and under, with speed , . . . likie a jackrabbit!
They suffer no ill from it, but if they are pretty strongly downhill, they might not be ascomfortable to ride for YOU.

garlicbunny 06-06-2011 07:19 AM

Thanks! I think maybe a tad downhill might be ok, but didn;t know that about QH's, Dillon is my first and he is not downhill, prefer to be comfortable! Well see i guess.

zjcgw 06-06-2011 10:28 AM

Being downhill does not put power in their hind end! Ignore that comment, it does the opposite. The horse will probably not be a very good jumper because he does not have the power to sit his hind end down to get over the jump. Instead of pushing over a jump, downhill horses pull themselves over the jump which is not good. But if you are not jumping you should be fine!

Hoofprints in the Sand 06-06-2011 12:21 PM

My horse is built somewhat downhill:

But that big QH butt makes her an excellent little jumper! :) She can really propel herself up and over, let me tell you! They CAN carry themselves, it may just take longer to teach them self carriage than say an uphill built Morgan!

Hoofprints in the Sand 06-06-2011 12:23 PM

Hoofprints in the Sand 06-06-2011 12:24 PM

OH and she is THE most comfortable ride EVER!!! I can walk, trot, canter, and jump with her bareback without issue...she in fact taught me how to do those things bareback :) Just because a horse is built downhill doesn't mean forget about them for English riding! It's all in how much training you want to put forth, because I'm not going to lie, it's been 2 1/2 years of training with this girl and she's just now learning self carriage (although I'm a green-ish rider so I'm sure had I been a trained professional it would have come sooner!!) ;)

FTFOTB 06-06-2011 12:25 PM

Here is a great website on conformation, with a page on uphill or downhill horses:

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