Are you asking whether your husband is able to ride these movements or whether a quarter horse can do them? FWIW, I had a QH years ago that performed these very movements nearly every ride. Triple Bar line, bred for racing. Of course, these movements were 'volunteered' and that had much to do with why he and I parted ways, albeit a few years too late. I do have one great video of him at a show where he stands up and then walks on his hind leg; the judge said after the ride she would have blown the whistle but she was afraid she would scare him and didn't know what else he might do. HAHAHA!!!
I saw Karl Mikolka present a shetland pony doing capriole, levade, courbette, etc. in hand, so if a horse has the potential, breed doesn't matter. And we've all seen our horses play and do these movements at liberty. But, then again, not many of us are Karl Mikolka?
"I've spent most of my life riding horses. The rest I've just wasted". - Anonymous
i have a terrible memory but there was a trainer who had a quarter horse that did all the grand prix movements and airs above the ground, so yes, a sound quarter horse could do the movements, but to train them would take a few years , and to find a trained one might take even longer, lol
I'd have to think most horses with good conformation and enough time with a trainer who knows what they're doing, *could* do the movements regardless of breed. I imagine its easier for some than others. I'd think my tiny butted Arab would have a harder time than something with naturally more powerful hindquarters, but he could probably do it (okay I've seen him do it in the field...) with the right training.
Medieval Times in New Jersey had a horse that was known as the Ambassador from Spain. He was an Arabian or QH/Arabian cross (I don't remember) and was stalled next to my Arabian upstate NY many years ago after he retired. He could do 19 courbettes in a row and was the opening act. The trainer for Medieval Times at the time, Javier Romero, was working horses at our barn at the time...amazing.
Haha, I know those people, that is who I got my current horse from. You should have seen his CL ad! Read between the lines "the horse will have to be properly restarted." But yes, I remember that horse when I was trying mine a year ago, and yep, she can rear!
Edited to add: "Piffle" may well be the PERFECT description of what they teach their horses - stand in one place and movetheirfeetaroundreaaaallyfastanywhichway.
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A friend told me I was delusional. I almost fell off my unicorn.
One of the groups that tour the US with the famous white stallions actually had a white appoloosa that performed many of their movements. Kind of funny because the riders put fake tattoos on their horses, but this little guy had the distinctive marks of an appy.