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    10-09-2013, 07:55 PM
You know it really depends on 2 things. First what it is you want to do with the horse-as in what level you would like to compete in and second how much the horse enjoys doing.

I am not a big fan of arabs, but I have seen the exception to every breed.
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    10-09-2013, 08:57 PM
Well, I'm not expert jumper. I'm a beginner level jumper. I've never actually competed in jumping I've just jumped horses for fun. From what I understand the horse is pretty willing. He's takne first place a couple times in 4H jumping competitions. Thanks guys

I honestly would much rather have a thoroughbred, I love thoroughbreds, but I haven't found one at all. I've looked at a couple but they were all to flighty and reactive for my taste. The last one I went and looked at was 17 years old and everytime I asked for a trot she'd start bucking with me. If she was younger I'd have no problem considering her and buying her and turn her into a good horse but at 18....That's a lot of training for a horse I'd probably have 5-7 years for good riding. So I'm expending my search to other breeds. Besides, it's more important to look a well trained horse rather than well bred horse.
    10-09-2013, 11:09 PM
Well, to give you an idea... I ride dressage on a full arab (my trainer actually prefers him to a dressage-bred warmblood mare I leased) and we jump for fun, too! He has a great mind for that stuff and tries his heart out. Just because the breed isn't as popular in a given sport doesn't mean it isn't capable-- it is a case-by-case basis, IMO. Especially if you're looking at an anglo-arab! It's worth a try! Keep an open mind.
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    10-10-2013, 07:12 AM
Some arab crosses are great for jumping (especially arab x thoroughbred) some others are not. Since you're not really looking for "generic arab x" but you have one particular horse to consider, I'd say go and try him and decide if this particular horse is good for you and what you do or not :)
    10-10-2013, 10:25 AM
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they were all to flighty and reactive for my taste.
Then I think you need to get away from the hot breeds, and stick with the stock breeds. There are some nice qh, paint and appy jumpers, plus other breeds(like morgans) and various crosses. If a thoroughbred is too flighty at this point, many arabs would fit in the same category.
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    10-10-2013, 01:36 PM
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There is more to the equation than just half of the breed.

It depends on what breed it's crossed with. Some crosses will be naturally more suited to jumping than others. Height is also a factor--Arabs aren't known for being super tall.

There's also individual differences. Some horses enjoy jumping (it sounds like this one does) others do not. Some have natural scopiness(haha), some do not.

At lower levels of jumping, breed isn't all that restrictive.
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    10-10-2013, 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted by BlueSpark    
If a thoroughbred is too flighty at this point, many arabs would fit in the same category.
I agree with you, to a point.
I grew up riding at a TB barn and, to this day, I don't really enjoy Thoroughbreds [that is to say, I'm sure there are some out there I'd like...I just haven't met them]. At all. They were, for the most part, sweet horses but not the breed for me. I found them to be flighty and reactive in a way that didn't suit me.

But I'm 100% an "Arab person." I haven't met an Arabian that I don't like. I've met one that I had a hard time dealing with [orphaned foster horse last summer - she didn't 'get' being a horse...more of a mental-sort of issue than a breed one] but that was the first. Even flighty, reactive Arabians don't 'scare' me the way flighty TBs do!
Maybe it's a size thing...Arabs are smaller and therefore "less dangerous"??
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    10-11-2013, 02:10 AM
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^I was actually going to make that same point about Thoroughbreds. XD I've never really been an Arab fan. They're real nice to look at, but that's all I really have the desire to do. XD
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    10-11-2013, 10:05 PM
I love thoroughbreds! I'm drawn to them so much and have no clue why, the ones I've been around are the best horses.

Found out he's an Arab X Thoroughbred cross
    10-15-2013, 08:12 PM
The Selle Francse is basically a French anglo arab so yes Arabs and half arabs can jump and do dressage. Not much the breed can not do and no other breed can improve other breeds as well as an Arab. Shalom
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