The horse may not necessarily excel at every western sport, but you should definitely give gymkhana a try. Speed sports are a blast. And I'm not a big western pleasure person, but I'm sure you could do some with that, and trail classes. There really aren't any things a horse as a breed CAN'T do, it's just how well they'll do in them. But there isn't any harm in trying, now is there?
My bf has a tb gelding that's 28 years old this year. He ONLY dose western (my bf hates ANYTHING to do with english riding -_-') and dose it well. He will beat any QH in barrels, key hole, cattle work really any quick event. He was trained how to do rollbacks really well. That horse can slide to a stop, lift his front end up and spin 180 without completely stopping (why he's so good at keyhole). It really depends on the time and training AND if she enjoys her work. Rocket (th gelding) is not a fan of Dressage (he was trained for mid level) and you can only get him to do it on a good day.
my wifes dreesage horse in a hackamore. She's pregnant and in no condition to stop me. LOL ( not the horse, my wife)
Her dressage horse in a western saddle with a small child up there as well (though presumably the child is having the time of their life and it looks like the horse is nice and steady)..you are ASKING for it buddy :)
The breeds have more or less crossed the style line all the way across. As was indicated, quarter horses and drafts are doing jumping, eventing and dressage and doing them well, TBreds are being ridden western and do especially well in western pleasure or western equitation classes. Paints/Pintos and Appys are also more in the english side than they used to be..the color breeds, while shown, never did all that well in english classes as they were considered "western" breeds (talking early to mid 80s when I last saw that and that was in the New England states).
I watched a full Percheron in a third level dressage test and he had better movements and was actually lighter on his feet than some of the warmbloods in the same class. I was scribing and the judge was near drooling in her excitement at a beautiful ride on a very nice horse. To look at him you would never have thought of him as a good dressage horse but he was gorgeous and he knew it..the big baby :)
Any horse can do any type of work, but the "success" is going to vary. It's no secret arabians were bred to go long distances, draft breeds were bred to pull, TBs were made to run/jump and QH were ment to be agile sprinters. They were BRED to do a job. Can an Arabian pull a cart? Sure but it probably won't be a good as a draft. Can a TB work cows? Yup, but it probably won't be as good as a stock horse. Posted via Mobile Device