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        01-04-2012, 12:03 PM
    Warmbloods, sport horses-all those classes of breeds are actually bred for the sport, or at least are bred to the best of its ability to be able to be as successful as possible in the show ring.

    Having said that, you can have the best built warmblood do poorly, either because of poor training or lack of heart.

    When it comes down to it, a lot of other breeds can do very well if its an animal that enjoys what they are doing, and has the heart to do well. I've seen some truly unusual breeds or crosses, or even unsually small horses be absolutely phenomenal in the show ring, simply because that's what THAT horse was meant to do.
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        01-04-2012, 12:52 PM
    It really depends in the horse.
    I know WB's that can't jump at all and I know a Irish Cob that easly jumps 1m35.

    But I LOVE my Belgian WB,he's allround bred and he really loves jumping.
    Here some info over the BWP
        01-04-2012, 01:26 PM
    That's a really interesting video! I really like that breed :)
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        01-04-2012, 05:21 PM
    Don't count out any breed imo. I have a friend who shows her registered QH in eventing and jumpers. She does 3'-3'6" in shows and higher at home. She is building up. Her horse is a beast, and he doesn't have typical QH confo, or great confo, but he still is great.

    I also like draft sport horses, like this youtubers horse :

    ((Neither are me, so no critique, just looking at breeds))

    If your thinking about 2'9-3'6" you have to look at two things, heart and conformation for soundness. After that it isn't enough of a trivial height to worry too much about breed and capability. That's my somewhat uneducated opinion though.
        01-04-2012, 08:37 PM
    Originally Posted by blue eyed pony    
    Chinga I think AlexS meant they are affordable to buy.
    Thanks BEP, that's exactly what I meant.

    Originally Posted by ChingazMyBoy    

    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...
    My TB is an especially skinny horse if he is not on the very best feed, which costs me an extra $25 a month in addition to what my barn feeds.
    I choose to shoe all 4 feet no matter what horse I own, so he doesn't cost me any extra there.
        01-04-2012, 11:11 PM
    AlexS, just out of curiosity, why do you choose to shoe all 4 feet?
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        01-05-2012, 01:45 AM
    Originally Posted by lubylol    
    AlexS, just out of curiosity, why do you choose to shoe all 4 feet?
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    Uh oh, don't mean to turn this into a hoof debate - but as you asked, here's the brief reason .....

    While I think the natural barefoot movement makes some good points, the things I ask from my horse are not natural - and his genetics and breeding are not what you see from natural/wild horses either. If I had a hardy QH then maybe, I would go barefoot - but never in a million years for my TB, he was not bred for his hooves.
    As to all the way round rather than just fronts, if his fronts need them the rears do too. As to boots over shoes, nah thanks, they cost more than shoes, get lost all the time, and are just a PITA.

    I am putting on my flame suit now for the comments that could follow, but I don't really care - I have a wonderful farrier who I trust completely, and my horse is happy.
        01-05-2012, 02:33 AM
    No need for the flame suit :p if I had a tb I'd probably shoe its front hooves just for safety.

    I usually just go along with it, if I ride a horse with shoes, they stay....no shoes, then I don't bother.

    I'm not the kind of person who is 100% on going natural, as others are. IMO, if horses can't feel the shoes (like they say) then I don't see a problem.

    Although if my horse was barefoot and we were doing endurance/competitive trail riding....I wouldn't shoe just for the event. I'd pop a pair of easyboots on and go
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        01-05-2012, 02:44 AM
    I don't really know that front shoes provide much in the way of safety - are you meaning traction?

    Luby, as you are looking for a new jumper, does this mean that you will retire Cowboy from jumping?
        01-05-2012, 03:06 AM
    Well I meant safety as in for the horses sake...to keep them sound and what not.

    And not particulary. I just rode him western for the first time, and tbh he did fabulous! As of right now, I can't afford a horse so I have to deal with Cowboy and Jersey.

    Once Jersey fattens up, I'll have to see what she can do. I've lunged her over a log a few times and she has such a cute jump.

    As for Cowboy, come spring time/showing season, we'll be showing in green horse, and pleasure...which is about 18"-1'6" which will be good for him because he gets nervous as shows.

    On the plus side, I haven't jumped in him over a month, besides popping him over a jump while riding western...I just couldn't help myself ;) (it was about a foot high)
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