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post #91 of 96 Old 01-23-2012, 01:05 PM
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Well, you asked about serious jumping, so I would have to say Appys. When I come to a log or small creek, Casper stops and studies everything very closely - checks the footing of the landing area, the height or distance, and makes sure there isn't anything distasteful on the other side before he even considers the jump, and if there is something he is unsure of he stops and asks for a conference to discuss any options that might be available. He takes it all very seriously...
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post #92 of 96 Old 01-27-2012, 12:09 AM
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I think you said somewhere you liked Arabs... Maybe an Angle Arab or Arab cross? I have a half Arab/ half Appendix who loves to jump and is 16.2hh. I have jumped him about three feet so far.
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post #93 of 96 Old 01-27-2012, 04:33 AM
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If you want a horse that can jump international levels,go buy a WB.
They are simply the most used and the best horses to jump on that level.
We're talking 1m50-1m60 heights.
The KWPN is the most used but not al the horses have a good temprament.
the Belgian WB and the Selle Francais tent to have more amateur friendly horses,they were bred to be amateurfriendly horses but a huge amount of jump capacity.

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post #94 of 96 Old 01-27-2012, 06:13 AM
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Under 4ft isn't really considered that big. I'm on the opinion that most athletic horses, provided they are correctly conformed and trained, are capable of jumping that height. I knew a little 14.1hh pony who could easily clear those heights, and was a very competitive eventer in the local area.

Many Thoroughbreds tend to excel at those heights, provided they are sound, because it does not require a great amount of jumping skill, and their speed can be a real benefit. I personally do not like TBs though, I think you'd be better of with a QH

Quarter horses may not be bred for jumping, but I think many of them can clear those heights. A while ago Australia entered a QH/TB cross in the Olympic Showjumping, I believe, and years ago the world champion for six bar was a QH. Their ability to turn may even give you an advantage on some courses.

If you are serious about showjumping, at high levels, you would look for a purpose bred horse, usually some sort of warmblood, who has been intentionally designed for that purpose. They are usually pricey - but you're going to need money to get to that level anyway.

Otherwise, there are many riding breeds for that height range.
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post #95 of 96 Old 01-28-2012, 09:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Saskia View Post
A while ago Australia entered a QH/TB cross in the Olympic Showjumping, I believe
Eventing, and he was part of the 2008 silver medal team. He's retired now :) He's actually registered as an Australian Stock Horse but by breeding he is QH/TB. Ringwould Jaguar ridden by Sonja Johnson who is based in my state! I have met her, she is the most lovely person, so down-to-earth. Um. Bit off track LOL.

ANYWAY. I do like the cross of QH/TB when it's done well, they can REALLY jump! You have to use the right breeding stock though, I've met a couple that had the QH stubborn and the TB hot and they were just dangerous. Stubborn is ok as long as the horse doesn't flip out on you the moment you push it that little bit farther!

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Thanks for all the great info everyone :)
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