Not that breed really matters much- it's the heart and partnership results that matter more than bloodlines in any and every sport. Just curious as to what everyone rides and if there is a specific reason. I know there is a majority of arabs out there, which I understand are more successful as a breed than other breeds as a group. But what makes your horse the horse for you and this sport?
Mine are Standardbreds (3 of these) and a Thoroughbred. Only one if these is currently in competition, though I am looking at adding my youngster to this as well. I got one from a racehorse rescue (though he was only coming off the track as an unsuccessful racehorse- various reasons- and spoiled his whole life!), got in contact with the previous owners, and got two more as they came off the track. The TB was also given when my previous barn's roof collapsed (no injuries, thank God!) and the owner had no where else to take him/ no extra $ to board him elsewhere. Why I ride my STB endurance- he seems to LOVE it, has the worlds biggest heart and stride, and- though sometimes psychotic- will do most anything for me, including protect me from snakes!
(Need to put pic up, but am unsure how to do it in here! He is the jumper in the profile picture, though!)
Last edited by AJHorsey; Aug. 23, 2008 at 10:51 AM.
Standardbred Lover- owner of Studs Hooligan, aka Strider, ex- pacer, retrained for eventing and endurance Strider-OTSTB-, Gus-OTTB-, and Rio-rescued QH!
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I ride a PMU. I got him when he was 18 months old. He is a 16 hand TB/QH/Perch cross. While he looks TB, he has the mind of the Percheron/QH. Because I got him so young, we are so bonded and I have to say, he totally reads my mind...sometimes way too much.
He also has a built in GPS system. I can get totally, totally lost on the trail and he will find the way back to the trailer no.matter.what! It is uncanny, he'll even trail blaze if he has to get back to the trailer.
And, the funny thing is, he'll be going along and as soon as it pops in my head "I'm lost," (I don't say anything or do anything except think..."Oops, I'm lost?"), he'll practically rip the reins out of my hands and head home.
I'm used to TBs all my life and this guy is as smart as a whip.
Breeding Stock Paint here.. might as well call her a QH though.
BUT, we're trail riders, NOT endurance folks. While maresie looooves trail, I think the poor thing would keel over if I ever did an endurance event with her. She's 15hh and 1200lbs+, with a size 82 blanket. She's a big girl.. not designed for all day riding.
Tell a Gelding. Ask a Stallion. Discuss it with a Mare... Pray if it's a Pony!
Total of four horses on this farm.
A Missouri Fox Trotter mare is my favorite and the horse I ride the most.
QH/Morgan cross gelding is the second best ride here.
2 old QH mares, retired working cow horses, get ridden by guests if we get a group of three or four riders together.
I actively compete in endurance (50 and 75 miles) on a Tennessee Walker gelding. My up and coming prospect is a 3 yr old McCurdy Plantation horse, I have high hopes for her! I've owned/trained/helped market several and they're really athletic, good minded horses.
I have a QH gelding, a Mustang mare and a TB gelding.
I don't do endurance but would one day like to do CTRs. my QH and my TB are my riding horses and can go for several hours. If i have someone riding with me(like my dad) they get put on the TB as the TB is less likely to pull crap on them and know he can get away with it, my QH is great for me but if its anyone else he does what he can not to do it(nothing dangerous though!) and i love him to bits and he has his forever home with me
my mare would probably be great for endurance as she can be doing this really long strided trot and my other two are cantering just to keep up. but she's not trained to ride and i don't really feel like training her she just my friend and keeps the boys in line for me.
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I have three horses right now. My daughters old grade qh gelding, probably a closet appy , he's 27 or 28 now. My 24 yr bay arabian gelding and my 13 yr old fjordX.
All are fantastic trail horses. The arab would be ok for endurance but while he is super calm on the trail, all the fast horses would drive him nuts. The qh is good and quiet, but slooowww unless you really make him walk on out. Has done his job wonderfully for us for over 10 years. The fjordX I have had for 5 years now. I bought him when my arab was lame and on pasture rest for a year. He'd been packed on and backed some, but extremely green and 8 yrs old. His dad was a maybe 14h fjord and mom a 16.1h solid bay appy mare. Now we dabble in dressage, fantasic horse on the trail and on cattle...wow what a blast. We even tried a show similar to the Extreme Cowboy race and did very well.
The fjordx would surprise people for endurance. He goes all day, can trot for miles with several trot gears. Canter is improving, but trotting is his comfort gait. Very fast deliberate walk. I would love to do a CTR with the fjordX, and I do competive trail obstacle rides when I can.
I mostly trail ride. I have a 1/2 arab pinto that I have been riding for quite a while. She is busy with a new foal this year, so I'm now riding a 1/2 warmblood mare out of the 1/2 arab. Next year, I will be starting the 1/2 warmbloods filly on the trails. The filly is 1/2 Welsh.
My name says it all. I would never have anything but a pure bred Arabian. Both of mine are 20 years old and I bought both as 2 year olds. The grey was to be my endurabce horse, but I got sick. We;'ve done many miiles of trails. The black loves dressage and does trails too. Both have won robbons in shows in everything from working cow to WP.
We are trailriders. My current riding horse is a TWH. I also have a QH (out of commission due to an injury at the moment) who I ride trail and do dressage with, and an OTTB (retired).
My hubby has a mutantly large (17.1 hands) American Spotted Saddle Horse.
I actually think my TWH might be good for endurance. He never seems to tire, is game for anything, forward without being hot, sure of foot and when we're done with a ride seems to be much less sweaty and tired than all the other horses. But when does everyone find the time???
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