Why can't quarter horses do dressage? They can! Read the linked blog post from "Behind the Bit" (November 16, 2008) I just love this blog and encourage you to swing over and take a look at it.
My 14.2 QH Oberon is not really built for competitive dressage, but really, the cues of a well-trained western horse are very similar.
Sebastian, my Friesian Sport horse is now owned by James and Kate Cooler. The "fit" is much more appropriate as he is very young and big and I am just getting back into horses after over 20 years of being away. I will still follow Sebastian very closely on this blog as I board Oberon with James & Kate Cooler at Fiore Farms.
The above horse is a five year old gelding and is located in Williamsport, Maryland. I travelled up there to see him and really liked his calm demeanor and what Catie, the trainer, has done with him. His Dreamhorse ad is here: Noah . As I stated above, I have decided to wait on purchasing another horse for a variety of reasons, but I will keep my eye on Noah and Catie.
If you are interested in Quarter Horses and dressage, here is another article.
Intrigued by Dressage? an article from "America's Horse Daily"
and excerpt from Lynn Palm "Dressage is a simple word that sounds complicated, but it’s not. It’s a French word that means ‘training.’ If you say natural horsemanship, natural training, that’s what it’s all about. It’s achievable, because it promotes correct horsemanship. Horsemanship means riding well, and your goal is that you’re always trying to bring out the best in your horse.”
and ... :The Quarter Horses’ typical easygoing temperament makes them a great breed for dressage. And while they may not have the natural suspension or the enormous strides of a warmblood, that makes them easier to ride."