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Quarter Horse Performing Capriole and Levade?

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  • Quarter Horse Performing Capriole and Levade?

    My husband has an image in his head of performing the levade and capriole on a Quarter Horse. (Note: He has been on a horse once about 15 years ago. )

    He asked me if it was a realistic possibility, and I have no idea! What doyou think?

  • #2
    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!!!


    • #3
      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?
      Groom to trainer: "Where's the glamour? You promised me glamour!"


      • #4
        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


        • Original Poster

          Originally posted by bathsheba8542 View Post
          Are you asking whether your husband is able to ride these movements or whether a quarter horse can do them?
          Whether a QH could do them. I ponied my husband around once on my OTTB, and he said he didn't realize how much it took to just hold oneself correctly in the saddle.

          Thanks for the entertaining and informative input! It's a fun thought.


          • #6
            I think your husband was dreaming............about his participation!
            We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........


            • Original Poster

              Originally posted by 2tempe View Post
              I think your husband was dreaming............about his participation!
              He's always been interested in military history, so I think he envisions himself in his ASUs performing challenging military tactics in saddle in the manner of soldiers of yore.

              I suggested we start him on some lessons. He doesn't particularly like my TB, so I'm excited he is interested at all!


              • #8
                I remember, it was Brown about Town, ridden by a Ms Needles i think, who was a grand prix dressage horse who was a quarter horse.


                • #9
                  Since the movements are movements horses can perform on their own under the right conditions. My answer is, Yes!

                  I can well remember hand walking a horse that would give me at least one a day. Fortunately they never put any stress on the lead, and were nonthreatening.
                  Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

                  Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.


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                    • Original Poster

                      Originally posted by Carol O View Post
                      Fun article! Thanks for linking it!


                      • #12
                        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.


                        • #13
                          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.


                          • #14
                            I was just browsing Craig's list and saw this ad and thought of this thread. She can levade and then some, not to mention "piffle"



                            • #15
                              Originally posted by LarkspurCO View Post
                              I was just browsing Craig's list and saw this ad and thought of this thread. She can levade and then some, not to mention "piffle"

                              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.
                              Last edited by BEARCAT; May. 6, 2013, 10:20 AM.
                              "When life gives you scurvy, make lemonade."


                              • #16
                                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.

                                A really, really nice horse though.