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    08-25-2011, 05:37 AM
  #11
Foal
You've just gotta look at how the horse jumps.
It doesn't matter which breed he is.
John Whitacker had an Lippizanner called Novilheiro who jumped at the highest level.
     
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    08-25-2011, 08:13 AM
  #12
Foal
Must agree with everybody. At our yard we have a Saddler & a pony that is doing great jumping. But normally people tend to go for the TB's WB's and Hanovarians. My husband prefers a WB but he jumps lowest 900mm up to 1.6m. For the lower jumps I feel a forward, non spooky, willing horse can do great.
     
    08-25-2011, 01:06 PM
  #13
Trained
It isn't "What is the best breed?" for Jumping - it is "what horse has the conformation needed to do the sport?"

There are many horses out there who just don't have the proper conformation, regardless of breed. I have seen TB's not built to jump, I have seen WB's not built to jump, and the list goes on - then I have seen QH's who have fabulous conformation who can jump, and Appendix's, and so on and so on - so don't go by breed, go by conformation.

Then go by willingness, ability and heart.

It all depends on how well the horse is built.
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    08-25-2011, 01:40 PM
  #14
Trained
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Originally Posted by MIEventer    
It isn't "What is the best breed?" for Jumping - it is "what horse has the conformation needed to do the sport?"

There are many horses out there who just don't have the proper conformation, regardless of breed. I have seen TB's not built to jump, I have seen WB's not built to jump, and the list goes on - then I have seen QH's who have fabulous conformation who can jump, and Appendix's, and so on and so on - so don't go by breed, go by conformation.

Then go by willingness, ability and heart.

It all depends on how well the horse is built.
Well put.
Consider, also, what size horse your are comfortable riding and jumping obstacles with. I prefer 15'2hh-16hh, but there are other riders my height (5'4") who are comfortable with something taller. Taller horses have bigger strides, and I find that I'm "riding a ship" at the canter with a really tall horse.
WB's are great, but they are big and heavy and some of them are slow to respond. I'm not breed-bashing, but I've read that a WB (which is a breed created by cross draught with light) can toss you and dislocate your back! Lots of them are sweethearts, though, and wouldn't consider doing something as unfriendly as that.
OTTB's are common hunters, since many can learn to get those legs coupled under them, plus you can get speed out of them inbetween jumps. I know that the OTTB I owned for awhile had no trouble handling 4-5 ft jumps.
Many Appendix (or Appendix-built) QH's make good hunter/jumpers, too. Racing QH's do not, because most of them are built downhill for racing. My recently deceased QH (1982-2009) was tall enough, at 16'hh, but he was built downhill and always jumped flat.
Consider, too, that you may outgrow the horse you start with.
I recommend that you take a long and hard look at the hooves of the horse you are considering. I really like big and healthy feet, but many breeds have been breeding their feet too small for the weight.
What a FUN thread!!
(PLEASE understand, any WB owners--I REALLY like WB's!!)
     
    08-25-2011, 01:56 PM
  #15
Weanling
Snowman is 1992 inductee to the Show Jumping Hall of Fame. He was an $80 on his way to the slaughterhouse. His previous life had been as a working plow horse. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowman_(horse)

My first horse was a Morgan/Thoroughbred/Quarter horse mutt who could sail over fences. He went on to become a junior champion in the NFHJA.

Jumping is a matter of heart, IMHO. I firmly believe there is no 'best' breed rather the horse will let you know he or she is a jumper.
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    08-25-2011, 04:34 PM
  #16
Foal
Irish Draughts and Irish Sports horses are among the best if not the best horses for jumping.
     
    08-26-2011, 12:06 PM
  #17
Yearling
Any horse, as long as they've got the willingness and the conformation :)
     
    08-26-2011, 12:29 PM
  #18
Started
Sorry to butt in with another question, but besides having good strong muscles and a neck that ties in high, what elements do you look for in a horse that you want to be able to jump well and up to a meter?
     
    08-26-2011, 01:42 PM
  #19
Foal
The most important element is the mind, confirmation and structure is important too, but the mind is key!

Our 4 year old RID Mare Royal Charter, has been jumping for a good few Months, and is bored with 2'9, she jumps 3' - 3'6, and loves it! She also loves a good romp around the cross country course, and is famous for jumping the brush jumps at their highest point, even when there is a nice dipped cut out route she could take. The only thing she has against her is her pure size. She is a large draught reaching 17.3Hh, and of course she has the normal chunk, so she weighs quiet a bit, and we are very conscious of the stress on her knees and legs.

Our 3 year old ID Stallion Stargazey's Romance At Short Notice, is the exact same way, he loves to jump, and has an amazing tuck, but he just gets bored of doing the smaller fences.

As far as the horse goes confirmation wise, the only tip I have, is make sure you have enough muscle tone, and a good clean set of legs, but don't go for a horse that is too heavy set, as jumping at speed can be rough on the knees!
     
    08-26-2011, 06:47 PM
  #20
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Corporal    
WB's are great, but they are big and heavy and some of them are slow to respond. I'm not breed-bashing, but I've read that a WB (which is a breed created by cross draught with light) can toss you and dislocate your back! Lots of them are sweethearts, though, and wouldn't consider doing something as unfriendly as that.
I've actually had the complete opposite experience with warmbloods. The majority that I've been around are Trakehners and are quire hot and have the Thoroughbred look.

However, modern day "Warmbloods" (as in Hanoverians, Oldenburs, Dutch Warmbloods, etc.) only have any draught in them for generations and generations before them. A Percheron x Arabian isn't considered a Warmblood by many.
     

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