Could my hobbit of a horse successfully compete in cross country?
I recently got three new horses, all of whom are very short. They're the typical ranch raised quarter horses, and the one who I would like to compete with the most, Holly, is the typical short legged fat big headed stocky cowboy's quarter horse. She towers above me at an incredible 14 hh (at least I hope that's how tall she is), she's built very wide, and has incredibly muscular hind quarters with her back legs being mildly longer than her front. I'm seriously thinking about getting into english riding and while she'd be an incredible barrels or poles horse, which I'll probably have to compete in the most, a lifelong dream of mine has been to compete cross country. I'm 160 pounds and 5'5", so I'm sure that that my weight combined with her height, we'll probably get through the course by barreling through all the obstacles, or perhaps digging a tunnel underneath it, if the rules are lax.
I don't know if she would even be able to get over the jumps with her short little wiener dog legs. I've seen Theodore O'Connor, but he was a nimble Thoroughbred, not a big musclebound quarter horse. Do any of you have success stories in cross country with any hobbit horses? Any links that might help me? Or am I probably best trying to get some good times in a western saddle?
Thanks! I may be able to provide some conformation pictures tomorrow, but all that would provide you with would be her puffy baby carrot legs, bless her soul.