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post #1 of 23 Old 10-10-2010, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Preferred jumping breed?

Well I've decided I want to learn English and jumping (I've always done western barrels and poles) so I was wondering, which breeds do you like best when it comes to jumping?

Two of my good friends(they're sisters) actually jump arabians. I think I read somewhere that they aren't usually "desired" in jumping, but I can't remember. But they aren't the stereotypical arabian, they're spirited, but never too over the top and pretty much amazing horses. (:

One of hers actually jumped over 3'

but yeah what do you guys think? haha
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post #2 of 23 Old 10-11-2010, 02:08 AM
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Any breed of horse can do low level stuff :) My best-friends old horse who was a ArabxQh did level hunters and did pretty well. I have another friend that had an Egyptian arab and she did eventing and hunters with her as well. :)
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post #3 of 23 Old 10-11-2010, 10:17 AM
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I did jumpers with a Saddlebred. But the more preferred horses are usually Thoroughbreds and Warmbloods. You can really jump any horse, that is in good health and willing to jump.
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post #4 of 23 Old 10-11-2010, 10:25 AM
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If you are just starting out with jumping, I wouldn't necessarily recommend a TB or WB. They make fantastic jumpers but there is no need to limit your choice to only these breeds. I am a big fan of a nice QH X Arab - nice looking and fairly even temperament (of course each horse is different!). On the whole they are a well rounded cross and could excell in any dicipline, especially for the lower levels.

Pure Arabians are capable of amazing things, providing you find the right one. They are intelligent and athletic but not always a great choice for starting out in a new dicipline.

Bottom line: Something with a nice even temperament, good conformation, excellent flatwork training and between the ages of 8 and 12 I think would be the best bet!

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post #5 of 23 Old 10-11-2010, 10:26 AM
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I showed an arabian x welsh and it was very hard to place on her, even with good rounds. It's always the judge's type at that particular show and she was never it. I love warmbloods, thoroubreds and appendixs. I also believe some quarter horses with proper builds would be capable of winning as well. Welsh ponies are also very popular :). What type of horse are you riding at the moment?

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Depends on what you're doing, really. If you're doing hunters, like others have mentioned TBs, WBs, or horses with a similar build to those two are preferred, but for jumpers it really makes no difference as long as the horse is adjustable (stride-wise), agile, quick but balanced, and has jumping talent. Honestly, I don't care what breed the horse as long as I know it will stay sound and jump the height I'm interested in competing in.

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post #7 of 23 Old 10-14-2010, 07:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Strange View Post
Depends on what you're doing, really. If you're doing hunters, like others have mentioned TBs, WBs, or horses with a similar build to those two are preferred, but for jumpers it really makes no difference as long as the horse is adjustable (stride-wise), agile, quick but balanced, and has jumping talent. Honestly, I don't care what breed the horse as long as I know it will stay sound and jump the height I'm interested in competing in.
I agree with this one.
My horse is a Quarter and we do the hunters/jumpers and have evented.
Just keep in mind that the horse should be safe when it comes to jumping.

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post #8 of 23 Old 10-14-2010, 07:19 PM
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I like crosses. I have an Irish Sport Horse and we event (He can easily jump 3'6"), but like others have said, anything that will stay sound and is willing.

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post #9 of 23 Old 10-14-2010, 11:41 PM
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The best horse for you is the one that can do its job well: teach you how to jump in a way that is SAFE and CORRECT. Whether it's a WB, a QH, or some crazy mixture of who knows what. I honestly could care less about breed as long as it can do the job that I want. Granted, there is more of a chance that the horse that goes/acts/performs in the way that I want is most likely a WB, TB, or QH (I ride hunters and jumpers) and probably not an arab or something gaited but I usually won't hold a horse's breed against them if they can do what I want them to do. Keep in mind there are no absolutes when it comes to breeds. I know crazy QHs and calm QHs. Crazy TBs and calm TBs. While some may be more likely to be a certain way, you have to look at the individual horse.
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post #10 of 23 Old 10-15-2010, 04:49 AM
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all depends on what level your doing. if u want to start out, anything safe.
i personally like TB's or cross breeds.
my showjumping instructor explained it all to me.
if the horse is skitzo then it's a showjumper
if the horse is level headed it's an eventer

i don't know what's involved in hunters or other jumping sports in other countries though. i was told that QH are better for stock work thn high level jumping because they are down hill??
just what i've heard :)

so go get urself and nice quiet horse that's currently jumping honestly then u can look at breeds :)

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