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post #1 of 18 Old 10-16-2011, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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Question What horse breeds are best for higher level jumping????

I am currently looking for a horse that can clear jumps from about 3'0 and higher, but I don't know what breeds to narrow my selection down to. I am currently leasing a 5 year old off the track Thoroughbred that can jump at around 2'5. My trainer said that if i was to continue jumping that i might want to look for a different breed. I already have a Freisan Mare for dressage and a Paint for western pleasure, but I never really bothered to look into jumpers. I really need some help lol:)
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post #2 of 18 Old 10-16-2011, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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sorry lol wasn't paying attention when i spelled Friesan
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post #3 of 18 Old 10-16-2011, 11:51 AM
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I don't jump the really high fences anymore (at my age I don't bounce, I splat lol), but I know lots of folks who do, and they seem to favour Thoroughbred crosses and Sport Horses with lots of scope. Keep in mind technically any horse with good height and scope can be a good jumper, it's not really a matter of breed. I remember reading about a famous jumping horse named 'Snowman' who actually made it onto the US Olympic Jumping Team in the 60's and he was a horse of unknown parentage that was literally saved from the back of a knacker's wagon. anyway, if I were you I'd look for a horse with good sound structure, who enjoys jumping and who you would enjoy being around. That's the most important thing. :)
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Thank you:)you are totally right!It's just that that some horses are specifically bred for jumping lol, but you are right:)it really doesn't matter.
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Nearly all warmbloods are bred to be exceptional at jumping/dressage (pretty much the point of warmbloods). Most thoroughbreds are also quite good at it too. However, the most important things will be conformation and temperament.

One of my favorite articles about jumper conformation:

It's probably most important to find a horse that LIKES jumping, and is SOUND enough to handle the workload =D.

Hope that helped!
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Thank you:)that article was really helpful with getting a better perspective a jumper:)
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post #7 of 18 Old 10-17-2011, 05:48 AM
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Definetly look at a warmblood! But although they don't have to have exceptional lines, look at their breeding lines, and look that somewhere that horse has jumping blood in it, helps a tonne!
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I have a preference toward Trakehners. They are built with a deep chest that is excellent for oxygenating the blood when working extremely hard. They also have fabulous minds and are easier to train than many of the other warmbloods that I've worked with.

You will see many of the top competitors (grand prix included) that are riding thoroughbreds though. They are bred for their athletism. The trick is finding on that the track hasn't destroyed!
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Thoroughbreds all the way for me. ive ridden and trained all kinds of warmbloods and TB's and TB's are always my fav. I currently have two and my big boy has done advanced level eventing and grand prix sized stadiums with my trainer but he's built like a WB. I love the TB's mind bc they are very loyal and will try their heart out even if you get them in a crappy spot.
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post #10 of 18 Old 10-19-2011, 03:36 PM
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I have a Belgian Warmblood gelding (he's actually a Selle Francais x Belgian WB) but that doensn't matter.
When looking for a good WB jumper you have to respect the bloodlines,dressage WB's aren't really good jumpers,they mostly won't like it either.There are exceptions offcourse.
You'll have to look for a horse who doesn't freak out on scary fences,has can speed up fast (and slows down easy),can handle hight and is calm.
My Belgian WB has it all.
He's so relaxed and easy going but has great jumping power and stamina.
I you like,I can post a picture :)
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