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post #1 of 34 Old 08-24-2011, 10:04 AM Thread Starter
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What is the best breed for jumping

Ok, I've been riding ever since I was little, but can someone tell me what's the best breed of horse, to use for jumping. I used to own arabians, some say there good, is that true?
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post #2 of 34 Old 08-24-2011, 10:24 AM
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I can't answer your question, but as long as the horse I'm riding enjoys to jump then that's the best breed for me! I have Arabians, and my mare will grudgingly jump (you can see the scowl on her face!) and my gelding seems to like it. Now I realize that he will never be able to do the puissance, but we have fun.
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From what I've seen at my barn, how everyone's horses perform over jumps and such. I'd say warmbloods, hanoverians, tb's (not all really like it) all seem to excel at jumping. IME OTTB's get really fast after jumps but it may just be rider error, ponies can get excited though. ;)

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Thank you

Ok, thank you...I've just started jumping last fall..and I was looking for a horse that's pretty mellow and can handle jumps well.
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A mellow horse usually depends on the horse itself, not totally the breed. I'm gonna put out there that the breeds I suggested are pretty forward IME, but it may just be the horses themselves. My friend jumps her QH but they really aren't built for the bigger jumps if you buy a normal 14h one. But their temperament is to die for.
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My Belgian Warmblood LOVES jumping and he's really good at it.
Every breed CAN jump but some have more talent at it.
Arabian can't compeet with a good bred jumping WB.
They jump to flat.But you have exceptions.
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Ohhhh boy, I hope this thread doesn't turn into a breed-bashing one I think any horse that is willing, has good conformation for jumping, is healthy, is trained properly, and has a rider willing to address their own training and the horse's training as a team can jump well. Some breeds tend to have better conformation for jumping than others, but I just don't buy into any X breed is better than any y breed.
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I think right now all what you'd need is a horse that likes to jump.

As far as doing extremely well, warmbloods are the norm. However, I went to Spruce Meadows a few years ago and the Dutch team had a Quarter Horse that just leaped over the jumps. I've also known a Dutch Warmblood who was bred top and bottom for soley jumping but couldn't jump if his life depended on it.
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Usually it's the tall, leggy horses you see at high levels of jumping- thoroughbreds and various types of warmbloods.

My TB/Hannoverian was a jumper in his past life (previous owner) but his joints didn't take it well. Just goes to show that even if they're the "right" breed and like jumping (which he def does!) they still might not make a great jumper for other reasons!
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post #10 of 34 Old 08-24-2011, 09:31 PM
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Thoroughbred, Hanoverian, Oldenburg, and any Warmbloods.

Its my dream to get a good looking, leggy, black Hanoverian.
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