Originally Posted by rememberourtroops
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!!