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post #51 of 96 Old 01-02-2012, 01:17 AM
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Hickstead wasn't very succesful as a stallion until he died.
In europe he was know for the fact that his confo wasn't that good.

Do you mean he wasn't successful for producing good offspring or he wasn't sucessful in the show jumping world until he died?


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post #52 of 96 Old 01-02-2012, 04:03 AM
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I mean that he wasn't used a lot as a stallion before he died.
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post #53 of 96 Old 01-03-2012, 09:42 AM
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Blue eyed pony, the funny thing is...the first picture was Hickstead
wow, well it just goes to show you just how much the right amount of passion and heart can make up for less than ideal conformation. Conformationally Hickstead was not the greatest - not terrible, but not quite right for his discipline - and yet look at his performances.

IMO the horse's love of jumping is the most important part of the equation. Conformation is of course still important but you can't have a brilliant performer without the heart for it. Heart makes up for a huge amount whereas all the fantastic conformation in the world will never make up for a lack of heart. The love of it is what makes a good horse great.

You can have a horse that could jump the moon but just doesn't want to - that horse will never excel in the discipline, no matter how hard you try. Whereas you can also have a horse that isn't really physically ideal, but that wants to jump whatever you put in front of it, and THAT horse may go on to become a superstar, whereas the horse that doesn't want to do it will never succeed.
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I've seen Quarter Horse X Arabian, and they, I have to say, look pretty darn good out there jumping.... I don't know a ton about jumping (I know a fair bit), but it seems like a good mix of horse.
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Yeah BEP, that's how Cowboy is. He's not really built for jumping but will do anything he can just to jump :) I love that about him, he just has the will power to :)
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I guess it depends on what you call serious jumping, as your original post stated 2'9'' range.

Serious jumpers require serious $$$.
Many without those funds opts for thoroughbreds as they are affordable and have a lot of ability, particularly at the heights you are thinking about.
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Little late! But, I love my TB for jumping!
His strong, powerful and has such a good mind for it.

His also very special as well though, but that's his own characteristics.

AlexS - How do you mean TB's are affordable? They are commonly (not always) known for having such high care needs? Don't tell me I've had this wrong and I just own an incredibly fancy thoroughbred...

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Chinga I think AlexS meant they are affordable to buy. Think about it - there are plenty of TBs available for free (or very little) off the track or even at times from their re-education homes. And then they proceed to cost their owners a fortune in feed and hoof care.

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Chinga I think AlexS meant they are affordable to buy. Think about it - there are plenty of TBs available for free (or very little) off the track or even at times from their re-education homes. And then they proceed to cost their owners a fortune in feed and hoof care.

Oh, thank you! Now I understand what she means.
I do very much agree with this statement then, my thoroughbred was 'free'.

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No problem :)

Of course I know of very expensive warmbloods that cost more to feed than a fresh-off-the-track hard doer TB, and I have met OTTBs that were on quality hay and nothing else, that had brilliant hooves and could go out and compete barefoot the day after having their racing plates pulled. There are always the exceptions!

And, for the record, my anglo arab eats more than my friend's 12yo dressage TB. And my friend's horse is a cribber and a windsucker. Ermm, yeah. That makes sense.

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