i am based in the UK but thought I’d write on here as no one in my country knows about quarter horses and paint horses!
I recently got into the quarter horses in 2014 after owning an amazing quarter horse stallion who was perfect in every way he was so different to the fiery and temperamental warmbloods I have had, he’d only ever done western prior to me getting him but he seemed to find the dressage easy (he was 17 ill add) but I sadly lost him last year due to years or irreapairable neglect to his hooves from his last owner.
I am a quarter horse convert after him with two quarter horse x warmblood foals by him which are looking promising, and now also own a 5yo american paint horse whom I brought and plan to do serious dressage on, we’ve been through alot and he is quirky, but we have a very close bond, at times he shows promising, and I know his really trying his little heart out for me, but other times I feel hopeless he seems to really struggle getting the impulsion going mainly in trot.
Every time I ask him forwards he keeps skipping and trying to canter but only on the front end and it makes him look like his dog lame, I’ve had people pull me up on this at my yard saying his really lame, but his definately not! Ive had vets out and even given him months off work and nothings wrong at all, he proves that even more by running and bucking in the paddock full pelt with my youngster! his not in pain or lame he just find cantering and collecting up easier he’d canter all day!
As soon as i ask him to trot forwards he is unable to do this unless its in a long and low outline and im talking chin touching the floor and me at the end of the buckle outline!
he really trys to pull me down, I never ride short anyway and am a very soft rider with my hands but his excessivly bad for wanting to go along with his head touching the floor, near on constant, I dont mind letting them stretch but not for the whole ride, for dressage in this country id get marked pretty badly for him going round like this, but if I try to ride him the normal length I would usually which isnt short by any means as like I said I ride quite long he just keeps skipping and looks god damn awful! And if I go any shorter then forget about it his even worse!
Ive researched that quarter horses/paint horses are bred downhill but I wouldnt of said his downhill, his chunky but he looks in proportion, his parents were american imports but he was bred in the uk, and his bred from reining lines by the looks of it with heza blue tomcat on one side.
I can provide photos if needs be for you all to take a look at
I have a warmblood mare whom i bred myself who finds the dressage so easy and is very talented but she doesnt have the brain for it, loses the plot at shows, and now a paint horse that has the perfect brain and trusts me so much but seems to struggle with trotting for dressage im in a catch 22 situation here
Do you think its his breed and his struggling because of his confirmation? Or his age?
I only school him twice a week, with a lesson on saturdays and i hack him (take him for trail rides) as often as I can because of his age I dont like to do to much schooling with him but on the days I try to school it just feels horrible
I wondered if anyone out there wherever you are in the world does dressage with their quarter horses or have tried and failed or can maybe give me some ideas, Ive had such a bad run of horses in the past and after losing my stallion I find the right one and it doesnt seem like his going to be able to do what I want to do im just feeling so disheartened at the moment