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post #1 of 25 Old 01-09-2020, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
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What are the pros and cons to a downhill horse? Where stock (like QHs) purposefully bred to be downhill or was it something that kind of just... happened over time?

What are the pros and cons to an uphill horse? My horse is a little uphill. How does that affect saddle fit?
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post #2 of 25 Old 01-09-2020, 11:54 PM
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I’d like to know the answer to this As well. One of ours is built downhill and I find that I do slide forward in the saddle and notice it a lot more if he’s walking downhill.
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post #3 of 25 Old 01-17-2020, 01:29 PM
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I'd like to hear what others say, too. I have ridden both, and just made adjustments. I think the important thing is if the horse is stumbly.
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post #4 of 25 Old 01-17-2020, 01:34 PM
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I hate the feel of riding a downhill horse. Luckily I have never owned one, at least not enough that I noticed. But I've test ridden a few and I hate that feeling.

I believe I've read that downhill horses are faster for racing. And that's why some Quarter Horses are downhill. I could be mistaken, but that's what I've heard.

I would like to learn more too. Because it's hard to imagine why anyone would breed for a downhill horse on purpose........unless it improved their speed or something like that.


Personally, I think it's a terrible quality in a riding horse. (It hurts my back) And that is coming from a trail rider. But there MUST be a reason horses are bred that way. I think it has to do with speed.
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post #5 of 25 Old 01-17-2020, 01:38 PM
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The only horses that seem to be bred to be downhill is halter QH, to emphasize the big rear ends. But there maybe others that breed downhill.

IMO, racing horses would not be downhill bred...but not sure about that.

I prefer an uphill horse, but they can get "light in the front" easier

Most breeders strive for evenness, but hard to get it perfect...
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post #6 of 25 Old 01-17-2020, 01:41 PM
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I like a horse that is fairly level. I wouldn't buy a down hill built horse,rode one and absolutely hated it.

Feels like you're going to go over there head all the time. Not sure on the uphill build ,not sure how saddle fit would effect either build.
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post #7 of 25 Old 01-17-2020, 01:59 PM
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The only horses that seem to be bred to be downhill is halter QH, to emphasize the big rear ends. But there maybe others that breed downhill.

Well, there are a lot if illogical things when it comes to halter horses, so that could very well be a part of it! I had forgotten about them.......because other than being an oddity, I don't think about them at all. How they ever got away from function in halter horses, I will never understand.

Now as soon as I say that someone will come along and say how great and normal their halter QH is.........but I bet theirs IS closer to normal than what is apparently winning at the top levels. Some of those horses I see advertised as breeding stock freak me out!

That's one of the reasons I'm not opposed to grade horses. Some of them are built a lot better than the purebreds! Unless that changes, I'll always be open to owning "mutts."
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I like a horse that is fairly level. I wouldn't buy a down hill built horse,rode one and absolutely hated it.

Feels like you're going to go over there head all the time.


You and me both!


Not sure on the uphill build ,not sure how saddle fit would effect either build.

I'm not sure there are very many horses truly built uphill. Just horses that are level or level with high withers. I don't think saddle fit would be a problem with the uphill horse, there are horses that are ridden "uphill" like TWH's for example, and they seem to hold their saddles just fine.


Downhill.......even if the rider didn't feel it or care, the saddle is going to be slidding into that pocket below their withers and pushing on their shoulder blades. In a quick internet search, there are a couple of websites by saddle makers talking about the problems of trying to fit a downhill horse. I think saddle fit in a very downhill horse would be a nightmare, probably more for the horse's comfort than even the rider's comfort:


https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/sa...ownhill-horse/


DOWNHILL HORSE
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Well, there are a lot if illogical things when it comes to halter horses, so that could very well be a part of it! I had forgotten about them.......because other than being an oddity, I don't think about them at all. How they ever got away from function in halter horses, I will never understand.

Now as soon as I say that someone will come along and say how great and normal their halter QH is.........but I bet theirs IS closer to normal than what is apparently winning at the top levels. Some of those horses I see advertised as breeding stock freak me out!

That's one of the reasons I'm not opposed to grade horses. Some of them are built a lot better than the purebreds! Unless that changes, I'll always be open to owning "mutts."
I'm not a halter horse fan either, QH appear to be the only breed that has them, as other horses that are shown in halter classes, are judged according to their ability to do a job. Some even need to have show points, for instance some breeding stallions need to have shown before they are judged for their breeding qualifications.
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I don't like riding an downhill horse as I always think they will trip or stumble if the going gets bad. I see some quarter horses/paints that are downhill, I don't know if this is intentional or just happened with a particular horse.
Some dressage riders like an uphill moving horse as they will probably have better self carriage.

I want one in the middle but having to take a choice between the two I would pick uphill.
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