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post #1 of 11 Old 04-19-2013, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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Question Which breed is...

Back in my late teens I used to do show jumping. I stopped when I fell in love with the Shire horse, I do small jumps with my own Shire Blizzard. Now I want to get back in the ring like I used to. Shires are good in a lot of different areas but jumping is not one of their strong points. I am looking for a breed that has been bred more for jumping but is not uncommon, size does matter.
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Hanoverian, TB's, Warmbloods, Trakehners. However, what makes a good jumper isn't so much breed as is the horses "passion" for it and conformation plays a role as well.
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I can't see where you're from but a good TB will always have a chance at jumping, warmbloods are really popular now and seem to dominate but an Irish Draft x TB can hold its own in the best company. Not sure how high up you want to go as draft x TB's are turning up more and more again - it used to be a really popular cross in the UK pre. Warmblood days with great horses like Ryans Son (John Whittaker) jumping and winning at top level
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I'd say any TB's or TB Crosses.

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I meant "bred" as in the breed has jumper type confirmation. I will start novice and go to the intermidiate level, the chaos of advanced level shows isn't something I enjoy. Maybe one day I will do a more experienced level show/class. To answer another question I live in Louisiana.
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I meant "bred" as in the breed has jumper type confirmation. I will start novice and go to the intermidiate level, the chaos of advanced level shows isn't something I enjoy. Maybe one day I will do a more experienced level show/class. To answer another question I live in Louisiana.
Not all horses of a specific breed have the conformation for the same thing. In your case, jumping.
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If you are in LA, look for a big QH. There are many Appendix AQHA horses bred to be hunters and jumpers and a bunch of them coming off of the LA tracks as well. There are a lot of big TB and QH crosses. The horses bred to be AQHA Hunter Under Saddle show horses run 16 to 17 hands. Look for a good mover, pay a lot of attention to disposition and attitude and have a PPE done. The horses bred for the track will be much 'hotter' than the Appendix horses bred to be HUS horses.

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I meant "bred" as in the breed has jumper type confirmation. I will start novice and go to the intermidiate level, the chaos of advanced level shows isn't something I enjoy. Maybe one day I will do a more experienced level show/class. To answer another question I live in Louisiana.
TB's as a breed can differ enormously especially depending on what they were bred to do so no way could you go out and expect just any TB to 'do the jumping job'
I don't know how much you want to spend - though we recently bought a lovely warmblood xTB for not a lot of money because so many people are having financial problems and willing to sell to just get out of a hole
Look at the breeds that are consistently at the top and the Dutch Warmbloods are the most consistent and the Trakener increasing in popularity. A lot of thought is going into the breeding of these horses to produce an animals that's specifically right for the job so you will get less deviation in type
If you can find the right horse then chances are if you do want to go higher (and can afford the costs!!!) that horse can take you there.
Attitude is as important in some ways as conformation. A horse that I once had that had the most awful conformation - used to seem to stand with all 4 legs going in different directions was probably the best jumper I ever had because he had the courage and desire to do it - he was an OTTB too!!
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I know I am beginning to sound a bit like a broken record, You might look at a Saddlebred, I know I have seen lots advertised in Lousiana over the years... Many of them have the conformation to facilitate jumping, and do it very well.
The breed is now best known for Saddleseat, but, they were once best known as a calvalry mount - and were once a breed common in puissance jumping... Most appear to really enjoy jumping.
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I have a Shire X Arabian mare who is an awesome jumper, constantly jumping her 3 foot something dividing fence from a walk when ever she would like to leave.

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