Originally Posted by franknbeans
Guess it depends upon how you define "jump". Guess I want one who has enough ability to do it safely, not just be able to make it over an obstacle no matter how. I go to some eventing shows, since I have a friend who competes in eventing, and I cannot stand to watch the stadium. Some of those horses scare the he%% out of me with the way they jump. Nothing short of scary. Certainly different than a traditional hunter jumper type horse.
Oh yes. THAT I understand. Most horses can jump 2 feet pretty safely.. but you really need to train.
Stadium jumping requires a horse that can collect and extend and a rider that knows how to help the horse find his "spot."
I have never understood the lack of training I have seen in some horses that are out there jumping.. fairly big and complicated jumps. Jumping a horse is dangerous with a well trained horse and rider team. Hit the undo button on either half of that equation and then add speed and jump height.. and it is a wonder there aren't more fatal wrecks (horse and human).