Are Quarter Horses Good For Riding

Bob Roberts
• Monday, 28 December, 2020
• 8 min read

My neighbor is concerned they may not be the right breed for beginner riders because of their restless behavior. They are typically calm and level-headed but are athletic and willing workers that are responsive to riders.

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First, they have a relatively calm temperament and generally like people, plus they are sturdy and surefooted. The chances are good that an inexperienced rider will feel confident relatively quickly on the back of a quarter horse.

What we want to see in a beginner’s horse is one that doesn’t spook, has good conformation, is surefooted, and has plenty of miles under a saddle. We’ve owned some extremely high-strung Quarter horses that I wouldn’t put an experienced rider on.

But, we can generalize horses based on their breed characteristics, such as what kind of temperament they have, are willing to work, and are easy to keep. Willing workers Novice riders generally favor quarter horses because they are extremely cooperative.

Beginner riders become easily frustrated by a non-response horse, making their experience unpleasant. Honestly, besides having a calm temperament, a responsive horse is essential for a beginner rider.

Because horses are prey animals and instinctively bolt when confronted with what they perceive as danger. We were on a large family-style trail ride when a few stray dogs approached our group.

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She quickly dismounted and ran to a nearby wagon; her riding day was finished. Good size Quarter horses are a mid-sized horse breed, and this makes them less intimidating and easier to mount.

Intelligent Quarter horses are excellent learners, so a new owner that spends time with their animal will see results from their effort. Chances are, a few training runs will be enough for your quarter horse to figure out what you are trying to convey and will do as you have instructed quickly.

You can train them for rodeo events, barrel racing, dressage, or ground tie. Their intelligence and athletic ability make them suitable to succeed in almost any equine event.

A cold backed horse is one that acts up when you first get in the saddle but warms up quickly and becomes a perfect gentleman. A beginner rider needs an even-tempered horse, one that won’t crow hop its own shadow.

You don’t want to spend time and money treating a lame horse instead of riding. I recommend a horse no less than ten years old and has experience with kids for beginner riders.

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It’s more important to have the horse’s history than worry about their gender, although I prefer a mare for beginner riders. I find mares more intuitive, patient, and understanding with novice riders than a gelding.

But I’m outside the consensus most people would recommend a gelding because they are supposedly more level-headed unless they were proud cut. If you’re considering a mare for a beginner horse, ask the seller about its heat cycles and if it has a change in attitude during these times.

You can start riding a Quarter horse when the bones in their knees begin to close; this typically occurs when they are two years old. We had some horses ready for riding early and others whose knees didn’t close until they were three years old.

I’ve seen some Thoroughbreds and Arabians that made wonderful horses for beginner riders even though they are a “hot-blooded” breed. Their easy-going nature makes riding, training, and keeping one easier than most other breeds.

Quarter horses are primarily built for shorter distances and sprints. They have bulky muscles and tend to heat up over long distances, but they can be trained to do well at 50-mile races.

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But that doesn’t mean that you cannot use a quarter horse for endurance riding. Though we haven’t seen a quarter horse win the Nevis Cup yet, and we probably won’t see that ever.

The record for completing the Nevis distance race is a whopping 13 times. Quarter horses tend to have a strong will, and they will not back down from a challenge if they feel that the rider enjoys working with them.

This means that people will often follow the tradition and choose these breeds (or similar) for endurance racing. The way they are built Quarter horses have typically been bred to be as bulky and strong as possible to work with cattle and to win short distance races.

Quarter horses are quite intelligent and great horses to work with and you can teach them a lot of things. Quarter horses are built a little differently than the horse breeds we normally find among the winners at endurance races.

The most typical horse breed to find at the “podium” at endurance racing is the Arabians, as we will look at in a minute. These three characteristics make them excellent at sprinting shorter distances and working with cattle.

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Did you will need to train hard in order to trim the horse and condition the body and the system to do well over long distances? Arabian horses have longer muscles, and they are not quite as bulky on the hindquarters as quarter horses.

There are many examples of quarter horses finishing even the longer endurance races. So you need to train well and you need to condition your horse in order to complete one of the long races like the common American endurance races that are typically 50 (80 kilometers) or 100 miles (161 kilometers) long.

The trick is to not start sprinting at once but get the horse into a good rhythm that it can withstand for a long stretch. They are perfectly built in order to finish an endurance race with the best possible time.

Long sleek muscles Good standard height The mind of a marathon runner Because of these genetic advantages, people will often breed Arabian horses toward becoming the next champion.

You can even do it with ponies and the cute small horse breeds you just need more time to finish the race. You need to make sure that the specific horse isn’t too heavy and you need to learn how it reacts when it is being pushed to its limits.

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But with proper training and conditioning, you can get far and teach most horses to do well over longer distances. If you want to make sure your horse is a good fit for these kinds of races you should always consult a veterinarian first.

Warm clothes Extra underwear Tent Directions or GPS They were originally bred for their speed but as the breed developed it evolved into a perfect cattle horse due to its natural cow sense.

Originally bred by the New Peace Indians in the north-west of the states, the breed has always been prized for its speed, sure-footedness and for its stamina. During the infamous New Peace war, the horses had to travel around 1,200 miles in just four months while also being used for fighting too, on top of that they had limited food and drink.

The original Appaloosa was bred with other breeds, such as the Quarter Horse, Thoroughbred and Arabian to help increase its numbers. It's the inclusion of Quarter Horse blood that has helped cement the Appaloosa’s place on the trail ride.

They’re very hardy horses that are happy being out in all weathers They have a great deal of stamina so can easily spend all day on the trail As well as being great on the trail they have a good jump so you can combine them if you want They’re always a talking point so you’ll never be short of things to talk about if you’re riding in a new group It was originally bred for the duel purpose of inspecting the plantations during the day and pulling the family carriage by night.

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Even today they are still used to round up livestock a lot in Iceland so have to spend long days being ridden over rough, uneven and sometimes frozen ground. Five things that make the Icelandic Horse perfect for trail riders They have no predators in their native Iceland so will assess something rather than spook at it Despite their size they’re extremely strong horses that can carry most riders Their comfortable gaits can be very fast, so they’re no problem with them keeping up with much bigger horses They can be ridden for days on end without tiring, which is great if you're thinking of riding a great distance They’re extremely hardy and, in the winter, grow an extra layer to their coat which helps to keep the snow and cold out.

Height: Typically between 14.1hh (56 inches) and 15.1hh (60 inches) Color: Bay, gray, chestnut, black or roan Character: Despite having a reputation for being highly strung they actually make very good family horses due to their kind and calm nature Country of Origin: Arabian Peninsula As a rule, Arabians have the strength, endurance, intelligence and energy to make great trail horses.

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