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post #81 of 96 Old 01-09-2012, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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All the talks about OTTBs and their joints and what not....what if I looked in just a thoroughbred? Not off the track.
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A proper vet check will do it.
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Luby they're usually ok if they haven't raced heavily or if they were started "older" (as in 3-4+ as many racehorses are started on the track at 2) but yes as has been said a vet check will tell you which ones are unsound (WITH X-RAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS WITH X-RAYS as you can't diagnose minor arthritis without x-rays). HOWEVER, OTTBs come with a whole different set of training that needs doing. They learn not to buck or rear and then they learn to go really fast in a straight line or on a gentle curve, they don't have a lot of steering and some have really dodgy brakes. You would need to teach an OTTB to have good brakes, and to turn softly, and that every canter does not mean a gallop. It takes time and a lot of patience.

I personally, if I was looking for a TB, would prefer something that's already had that basic re-training done. Or even better, a TB that was totally unraced and untrialled. I personally prefer TB crosses over purebred TBs but that's just me.

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I think Dutch Warmblood ot Hanovarian

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post #85 of 96 Old 01-11-2012, 01:31 AM
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So much of it really depends on the horse itself. You can have a horse who's DESIGNED down to every detail for jumping, but just doesnt like it. Or you could have the most awkward looking pony who can't get enough of it.
So much of it is what the horse itself wants to do.
I know an A level medium jumper who's absolutely amazing at her job. She has this beautiful moment of suspension in her jump and she's built for jumping like no other. But she can't stand it. She'd rather be a backyard broodmare that a little girl could dote on. She hates jumping and the show life.
My old fjord cross gelding was a real thick guy- you'd never think he could lift his feet off the ground- but he could jump 3' from standing and absolutely loved the jumpers!
So very much depends on if the horse wants to do it!
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post #86 of 96 Old 01-12-2012, 03:15 AM
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Well my 15hh heavyweight cob was jumping 2'9 for me at shows...people seemed a little bit shocked! Lool
I have a 17hh irish draught x TB she is a lean mean jumping machine but has a nice temperment to go with it :)
Warmbloods are very highly sprung and hot headed....but great fun :)

We had a TB that we just sold he was a cob at heart but when you wanted his to go he would shift lol he was an ex steeple chaser soft as anything :)
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post #87 of 96 Old 01-22-2012, 01:44 AM Thread Starter
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I just started a new thread and would love for some of you to have an input on it!

4 year old OTTB vs. 6 year old OTTB!
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post #88 of 96 Old 01-22-2012, 09:58 AM
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WhatEVER breeds you look at make sure that the horse likes to jump. It's NO FUN to point your horse towards a jump and only YOU end up on the other side, LOL!!
Also you're gonna want 16"2hh or a little taller bc you may want to switch from Hunter to Jumper, and shorter horses have problems with the height and width in the upper level shows.
And there is the hammer hitting the nail on the head.

Not all horses from breeds known for jumper are any good for jumping. You really have to just look at the horse. As my grandfather would have told you if you asked him (and I've poste this before somewhre): You want the horse that gets you over the fence every time.
It's the horse, not the breed.

I would have never thought my girls, being 1/2 Friesian, would have jumped anything higher than a fallen log. They'd never jumped anything or seen another horse jump anything. Yet, right after a relocation last year I separated my mare to work with my filly (their pasture has a dividing fence. After 30 min she'd wanted to be on the other side. She tore the top of the fence off (1358 lbs horses can do that), but cleared the ropes. The top rope is 40" up. She was fine though and happily trotted over to push the filly out of the way and get my attention. But then I had to stop and repair a fence.

Later discovered that my filly's sire (he apparently gets around ) has several offspring that compete in jumping (1/2 Friesians....go figure, since Friesians are certainly NOT noted for jumping)

So it comes down to look at the horse. If it you like it, jumps to your satisfaction and you can afford it then you might have the perfect jumping horse for you.

No pictures of my mare jumping (and I hope never to see it again), but here's some pictures I was directed to when I was finding out that these horses are used for jumping. Not that they'll ever win a title, but who am I to judge.
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mine is a jumping FREAK, and a lot of fun to jump too!
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post #90 of 96 Old 01-23-2012, 11:47 AM
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Actually... anglo arab. Mine is 15.1 1/2 but he is a MACHINE. Jump anything, he has an immense amount of heart and try.

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