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post #1 of 20 Old 06-04-2014, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
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Can this Draft horse be used for jumping

Hello I'm looking to by a horse who can hopefully do 3.9 courses at some point and also may try low level drassage. But I also want a horse who can do well on trail rides. This is a horse who I might consider a try she is adorable.
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post #2 of 20 Old 06-04-2014, 10:24 AM
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I dn't know if THAT draft horse can be used for jumping, but there certainly are some that make great jumpers. She looks like a draft cross, no? Looks like a nice , handy horse.
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Hanoveria n crossed with an iris h draught and 8 years old 17.2 hands you do have a video of her cantering and trotting if that would help I really want to meet her but it's a drive for me so I want to make sure.
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Also how is her conformation for a cross and at 17.2 I hope I fit her okay I'm 5 ft r 4 inches but I carry my height in my legs for breeches I need a long and tall boots I get a tall
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There are a lot of draft crosses who jump very well. Like any other horse, it just depends on the horse and what they like to do. I don't think you'll really know until you meet her. Take your trainer with you if you can.
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Considering the rider in the first picture is whacking her to get he over a jump she could walk over... Maybe not the best 3'9 prospect.

IMO draft really shouldn't be used primarily as jumpers. They bodies are very heavy and it's hard on their joints. They also tend to be very heavy on the forehand. Remember, they were meant to pull things. A draft cross would be nice, but you really have to watch the conformation. A heavy horse with light bone just won't hold up.
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I like her she's cute! Go try her out you never know you guys might have an unstoppable bond with her! It might be meant to be! Test her out!
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I don't see any reason why she couldn't be a decent jumper. Irish Draft/Warmblood crosses often make good jumpers, as well as event and hunt horses. She looks proportionate and I don't see any glaringly obvious conformational faults. It looks like she has a reasonable bascule over the jump in that one picture, though I'm not sure what the rider's doing. It looks like the rider smacked her and forced her over that fence, and it looks like her take off point was really close to the fence. I feel like this is a rider issue first, and that the horse may need some gymnastic work to help with her rythm and approaches. If that's the case, it's nothing that can't be fixed. At 17.2 hands working up to 3'9" courses should not be too much of a challenge for her, as long as she has the heart for it.

It is true that drafts and draft crosses can be heavy on the forehand, which can make it tough for them to jump, but this is not true of all of them. This mare does not look too heavy in her build, and even horses that want to naturally move on their forehand can be encouraged to get off the forehand with proper training and exercise. It can be a challenge but it is not an impossible task.

My own horse is a Shire/TB cross and she is heavier than the mare you're considering. My horse loves her forehand, and the problem was perpetuated by an old hip injury (since fully healed but her way of going was habit), and even I have been able to get her off the forehand enough to clear some fences. I have jumped her up to 3'6" already and only took a few months worth of weekly jumping lessons with her. She's 17 hands tall and hops over anything lower than 4' like it's nothing. Keep in mind, not all draft crosses are like that, but they can be found.

I suggest you give this mare some more thought. If you're hesitant to travel a long distance to see her in person, request more videos first (specifically a jumping video).

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