01-09-2012, 03:58 PM
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Blush, I agree that smaller horses CAN jump well, but they are really suited for junior riders. But consider--if you're looking for a good partner you'll want them to fit the most successful model. Just like football players--there are many smaller guys that play pro, but many don't make the jump from college bc they are competing with the 6' and over players who can run faster, weigh more and can hit harder.
"Sea Biscuit", for example, was a GREAT race horse. He beat "War Admiral" who was easily more than one hand taller, and had a longer stride. His heart also stopped at 14yo. I think it can take a toll on a smaller horse, just like the previous post about OTTB's who start falling apart when THEY are jumped heavily, due to too much leg stress in their racing careers.
We've all seen folks with a very nice horse, but you're thinking, too small, wrong breed or wrong build for the discipline. Since the OP is shopping, I thought I'd suggest looking for height, in the case that she wants to show higher and wider, OR wants to sell (or show with a professional showman) in the future. I think it's important to consider the future for your HORSE, too, IMHO.
There are ALWAYS shows with classes that include jumping for pretty much every breed, even competitions that include jumping for gaited, even though gaited horses don't really jump well. If you look at the Olympic level horses, very few of them are small.