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post #41 of 51 Old 02-22-2013, 06:30 PM
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I ride a full Belgian hunter/jumper. Granted, she's only 16.2 and built pretty athletically, but she's a lesson horse, so her whole job is to teach riders to jump. She doesn't look nearly as funny as some drafts do when they jump - in fact, she looks pretty normal. She's good at what she does and jumps up to 4ft with the right rider. We call her 'the exception to the rule'.
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post #42 of 51 Old 02-22-2013, 07:17 PM
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I have to say that I agree completely with gypsygirl. THIS IS JUST MY OPINION, but... There are quite a few drafts who can jump on here, but that doesn't change the fact that in general, the draft horse breeds are not jumpers and these are more exception than anything. You don't have to be an Olympic contender to realize that with their mass, their build, and their original purpose, realistically you're going to have to work harder to find a draft that is capable of jumping properly and continuously than you would when looking at lighter breeds who are meant for it. I'm not saying that drafts can't jump, they obviously can... they are just in general limited more than other breeds. You can always look for ones that are more athletic than most, but the reality is that you're probably not going to get a draft like the ones in the blogs that have been posted here after the first few times you go to look.
If the horse you're looking at is capable of going over the fence heights that you want to go over, then go ahead. If he fits you, if you like his personality, if you feel comfortable with him, go ahead. Ask to see him go over some fences, too- just to see. If you feel comfortable with the possibility of his joints being put under too much strain, of him being difficult to condition, of him not being able to jump over a certain height, go ahead. I'm not saying this to be mean, although it kind of sounds like it- these are all things I would think about if I was looking to buy a draft and wanted to jump him. I'm sure he'll be perfectly fine to have fun on, do some shows on, but the possibility that he might not be able to is still there. Take his breed into account but also check him out as an individual horse, is basically what I'm attempting to get at, haha.
Just remember to be realistic. Just like you would have to work harder to find a quarter horse that will have the movement to go past certain levels in dressage comfortably and find an arabian that is built so as to be able to comfortably compete in barrels past certain levels. And, before anyone posts their quarter horse doing second level dressage or their arabian running a winning barrel pattern, remember, I'm speaking about the breeds in general. I ran a quarab on barrels and poles and won every time in, but that doesn't change the fact that he wasn't as good at turning as he could have been, although he was faster than the quarter horses. He just wasn't built for turning as well as they were, and it took a toll on his knee leaving him retired at 14. My arabian that I have now is also built for speed but lacking in the turning department, and because of this I would not run him much on barrels because he couldn't take more than some fun playing around type shows. Yes, he could run the pattern, but in the long run it would not be good for him... There are arabians out there that would have no problem with running barrels as a career, but if I wanted to find one, I'd have to search a bit harder. Hopefully I made an understandable point without offending anyone in the process...
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post #43 of 51 Old 02-23-2013, 08:45 AM
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The UK showjumper Ryans Son was a TB X draft and only 15.2. I remember seeing him and being amazed at how stocky he was but wow could he jump and consistently at the top level including the Olympics
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EY5nJSHM7XI
and this was another heavier horse that went on for years at top level
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivpiEwXBbOs
that is a draft cross not a full draft

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post #44 of 51 Old 02-23-2013, 11:07 AM
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soenjer55 said it perfectly. If you think he's right for you and you understand the risks and challenges that it poses, then I would take him home!

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post #45 of 51 Old 02-26-2013, 01:57 PM
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The full heavy drafts may never be the *best* jumpers out there but they can certainly win lower divisions and be fun doing it.

Here is a picture of my mare's damsire, Walton Troop Leader. He's a full Shire.


I plan to train her in eventing as well, though she will never have the speed or height of my light horse.
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:) all horses can jump high with practice
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post #47 of 51 Old 08-11-2014, 01:05 PM
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I dream of having a 1/4 draft to event on. Anything with more draft looks like more work just to keep them in shape and I imagine joints would be a concern. I would like a copy of this horse. People from youtube have you heard of Avery Sharp and Aqua? Love that horse to bits, he is fantastic. He is 1/4 Clyde and 3/4 TB if I remember right.

I look incredible. Aquarius free jumping Dec.5.2012 - YouTube

Out of control - Aqua loves his job :) - YouTube
I ride at the same barn as her! and one of her 6 horses (Prim Rose) who I think is mostly Clydsdale is in the stall across from me. prim jumps high but not as high as Aquarius. there's. more videos on her Instagram too.

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post #48 of 51 Old 08-11-2014, 04:14 PM
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I ride at the same barn as her! and one of her 6 horses (Prim Rose) who I think is mostly Clydsdale is in the stall across from me. prim jumps high but not as high as Aquarius. there's. more videos on her Instagram too.
Sure wish I had the time/energy to ride/work 5 horses lol! (I know one is a Mini if I remember correctly)

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:) all horses can jump high with practice
All horses can jump with practice, jump high I am not so sure on.

Unless there is a physical issue there is no reason why a draft can't jump. Look at the hunts in the UK, many of the riders are on drafts or draft crosses.

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post #50 of 51 Old 08-31-2014, 02:51 PM
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My Percherons used to jump a 5 foot fence regularly, and pretty much from a standstill, til I ran hot tape around the top of it.
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