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    06-07-2011, 08:37 PM
  #11
Green Broke
Arabs tend to make fantastic lower level eventers due to their stamina and willingness. However, the biggest problem people encounter is the jumping ability of an Arab. The grey posted here is a perfect example of the less desirable typical jump of most Arabs - head up, knees not tight and hanging a bit. They tend to jump hollow and can be difficult to teach to round over a jump so it's usually best to just find a sportier Arab better suited to athletic movements.

Crabbet Arabs are renowned jumpers, and super sporty. My grandpa sold one of our purebred Arabs growing up and he was competing and winning in 4'0" jumpers, and a low level eventer well into his 20's. He was only about 15hh, but he used himself so well, he just had natural springs in his hocks.

My own Arab mare has a very sporty and correct jump, and I curse that she hit 14.3hh because she would have made an adorable pony jumper.
     
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    06-08-2011, 11:44 AM
  #12
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Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj    
Arabs tend to make fantastic lower level eventers due to their stamina and willingness. However, the biggest problem people encounter is the jumping ability of an Arab. The grey posted here is a perfect example of the less desirable typical jump of most Arabs - head up, knees not tight and hanging a bit. My own Arab mare has a very sporty and correct jump, and I curse that she hit 14.3hh because she would have made an adorable pony jumper.
considering he just started jumping he may hollow out & tuck his knees better. I think his knees came up pretty well considering some photos I often see one hanging down, other dragging them along. My anglo does pretty well. And sorry I see his head tucked just fine, it may be more raised in one but we're jumping up a hill. So to give him confidence I allowed him more rein.

Both my arabs are 16+ hands so I think with more time and training, practice my gray will do well. Now will either go over 3' probably not due to age and my anglo had a bad rear injury so he / I would never push him.
     
    06-08-2011, 12:13 PM
  #13
Green Broke
I had a 3/4 Arab mare who could jump quite high and was very willing, but sometimes she did look quite wonky over fences. Here is one of her better jumps, but yet look how early she took off.

http://i832.photobucket.com/albums/z...DYyMi5qcGc.jpg

Like I said, she was very bold and willing over fences. She also had wonderful conformation for dressage and had lovely movement, as well as stamina.

However, I ended up selling her because she just didn't seem to enjoy jumping. Willing, but not happy. She much preferred barrels and poles.
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    06-09-2011, 07:40 AM
  #14
Weanling
Whoever says Arabs can't event, have no idea what they're talking about. I took my Egyptian Arab to his first ode last month and we placed 6th overall out of over 20 riders. I didn't have anywhere to train leading up to it and he's never been on a xc course before. He's not a seasoned horse, he's only 4.5 years. Previously we've done some gymkhanas and one Combined Training (dressage/show jumping)

I'm 65kg (140-ish pounds) and 175cm (5'7") and my legs are quite long. Amir is 15hh and I don't look weird or unbalanced.
Arabs are very versatile, so just have a go with your boss's Arabs. One of them's bound to be good for it.
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    06-09-2011, 07:51 AM
  #15
Weanling
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Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj    
The grey posted here is a perfect example of the less desirable typical jump of most Arabs - head up, knees not tight and hanging a bit. They tend to jump hollow and can be difficult to teach to round over a jump so it's usually best to just find a sportier Arab better suited to athletic movements.
That Arab was only jumping very small in those photos so the horse's jumping style there is perfectly fine for that height. You don't *need* the knees snapped up tight until they have more height. He's not going to smash in to the rail unless he's gumby so he doesn't need them tighter than they are now.
As to his head, again, perfectly fine for the height. He's not jumping big so he doesn't have the air time to round out and drop his head like they do over bigger jumps.
My horse jumps exactly the same over little things, but put him over 65cm+ and he tucks his knees up like he's jumping 1m and bascules beautifully because he's actually in the air long enough to.

Each horse jumps differently. Some are hollow and others just naturally round over fences. Doesn't matter the breed.
     
    06-09-2011, 11:59 AM
  #16
Started
Arabs will have no problem carrying you.

I am also 5'7 125lbs and my horse is only 14hh. Sure, I look a bit big but he has no issues carrying me. He makes my legs look long (yay!) ;)
     
    06-09-2011, 02:21 PM
  #17
Weanling
The barn I learned how to jump at was breeding Arab/Haflinger crosses for eventing. They made very sturdy ponies with great stamina. My arab mare jumps just fine when she wants to ;) She tends to duck out and takes advantage of my beginner status and lack of confidence. I love riding her though - her trot is amazing and her canter is coming along. I say give them a go. Even if you end up not buying one of them, it gives you great experience over the summer and more knowledge for when you decide to buy. Have fun with it!!! They are great horses.
     

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