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post #11 of 40 Old 10-31-2011, 01:33 PM
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We have a gaited pony at work and he jumps higher than any of our well-bred hunters.
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post #12 of 40 Old 10-31-2011, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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That makes me happy someone has a similar cross like mine! Well... I had a trainer come out and mess with him when I first got him and he told me he was gaited.he is still very green but I can get a video of him today and put it on facebook and you can add me as a friend and maybe you can help me figure out what kinds of gaits he does lol I only have internet through my phone and only know how to upload vids to facebook .... or possibly email.... lol I am very ignorant about what kind of gaits he has lol
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post #13 of 40 Old 10-31-2011, 02:11 PM
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my SSH pony jumps, even when there isn't a jump! LOL
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post #14 of 40 Old 10-31-2011, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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Lol I had a few of those back in my day :)
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post #15 of 40 Old 10-31-2011, 02:31 PM
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**sigh** Every breed of horse can jump...something. Every breed of horse will trot. (I guess some of you don't have your gaited horses in your back yards to watch them. I do and they DO trot...often.) Every 1/2 bred gaited horse wants to gait.
I have 2 gaited and one non-gaited--QH. The QH is the one I will train to jump bc his build is better for jumping. If you want a hunter or a jumper you will NOT pick a gaited horse.
The US Cavalry disbanded (in 1942) bc of machinery AND bc they tried for decades to create the "superhorse" that could do it all, but that isn't possible.
You can enjoy popping over 2 ft. obstacles with your gaited horse, but you're never going to be able to really compete in the show ring with horses that are natural jumpers. The only REALLY great jumping horses I've owned were a QH and an OTTB. Both of them smoothly "took you with them" when they went over a jump. ALL of the others would pop high and it was difficult for me to land the jump.
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post #16 of 40 Old 10-31-2011, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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Ohhh I'm not talking about competing that's for sure lol don't think I ever will again..
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post #17 of 40 Old 10-31-2011, 03:11 PM
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I'm sorry raisinandelena--I didn't mean to bring up a sore subject!! **hugs**. You know, they do show a lot of gaited horses, but your horse's personality has a lot to do with your success. I was surprised last month when DH and I did a living history demo for 5th graders, and my KMHSA mare was "Miss Perfect." Every cue I gave her was light and every response was calm and correct. I backed with 2 ounces of pressure on the reins--she won't do THAT at home, but she was showing off. Now, SHE would make a good showhorse. I just posted bc a LOT of people think that their breed of horse is multi-talented and can do it all and it just isn't so. Form for function.
I would suggest, if you want to jump your gaited horse, that you try it either at a walk or at a lope. =D
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post #18 of 40 Old 10-31-2011, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
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Lol no harm done Corporal :) takes a lot to upset me :) I'm just happy I got my big girl pants on finally and am actually into horses again... and happy I got nice people around here to talk horses. I am pretty sure I have driven my bf to the point of insanity (he is not into horses) so this is a good way for me to get it outta my system. *hugs back* I love hugs! Thanks!
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And BlackCricket... I love your pon-e ! I would jump weeds too lol
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post #20 of 40 Old 10-31-2011, 04:54 PM
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My SSH loves jumping. She's just gotten old enough to start really working with her. We pop over odd cross rails a few times a month, but now we're starting gymnastics and grid work. She jumps just like any other greenie. Her legs don't fall off because she's gaited.


I've jumped from a pace before. The horses have a tough time setting themselves up to take off, so I wouldn't advise it. It's safe over small, well constructed fences; but it won't be pretty!

My mare jumps fabulously from a trot. I just put a few ground poles before a jump to get her trotting.
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