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  • Can a horse with downhill conformation make a good jumper

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    06-01-2012, 12:00 AM
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Foal
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Here is a possible purchase I will be looking at what do you guys think? He's a 3yo appy gelding. Will be using him for HUS and low level jumping.

     
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    06-01-2012, 12:32 AM
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Yearling
I think he looks quite nice. A bit upright in his pasterns and I would like to see more bone and larger feet, but overall a nice looking fellow.
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    06-02-2012, 09:19 AM
  #3
Trained
I know nothing about HUS so will critique from a jumping standpoint.

Bear in mind low-level jumping is within reach for nearly any horse!!

He is quite downhill, which will make getting his front end up more difficult for him. This may mean he has a sloppy front over fences, which grid work and gymnastic exercises will tidy up to some degree.

I like his nice short cannons, they will stand up to some decent work. His shoulder is quite nice too. He's a bit posty in the hind, which will limit his scope some, but not as much as the downhill factor. I'm not sure about how his neck ties in, it's not too bad into his chest but there's something I don't like about how it ties in to his wither.

I love his head (I know, totally irrelevant for jumping ability). Pasterns are a bit short and upright, and he's a bit light on bone.

All in all for lower-level jumping he should do ok but will not be a higher-level jumper.

YES I KNOW he is only 3 so he might level out some and the downhill factor may not be so bad when he's properly matured. Then again he might not. He is a stock breed and the majority of the population of stock breeds is downhill - it's what they're bred for, downhill is GREAT for western disciplines.
     
    06-07-2012, 04:20 AM
  #4
Foal
Heres a video of him. They just recently started working on his headset.
Http://s9.photobucket.com/albums/a57/jp143av/?action=view&current=116d84c3.mp4
     
    06-07-2012, 09:57 AM
  #5
Yearling
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Originally Posted by blue eyed pony    
I know nothing about HUS so will critique from a jumping standpoint.

Bear in mind low-level jumping is within reach for nearly any horse!!

He is quite downhill, which will make getting his front end up more difficult for him. This may mean he has a sloppy front over fences, which grid work and gymnastic exercises will tidy up to some degree.

I like his nice short cannons, they will stand up to some decent work. His shoulder is quite nice too. He's a bit posty in the hind, which will limit his scope some, but not as much as the downhill factor. I'm not sure about how his neck ties in, it's not too bad into his chest but there's something I don't like about how it ties in to his wither.

I love his head (I know, totally irrelevant for jumping ability). Pasterns are a bit short and upright, and he's a bit light on bone.

All in all for lower-level jumping he should do ok but will not be a higher-level jumper.

YES I KNOW he is only 3 so he might level out some and the downhill factor may not be so bad when he's properly matured. Then again he might not. He is a stock breed and the majority of the population of stock breeds is downhill - it's what they're bred for, downhill is GREAT for western disciplines.
No it's not....LOL. I'm a WP person and I don't want a downhill horse...and it's not great for western.
     
    06-07-2012, 10:02 AM
  #6
Foal
He has a nice shoulder. But would agree he is a little more downhill than I'd like to see, even at 3yrs old. A bit straight behind and in the pasterns.
     
    06-07-2012, 06:36 PM
  #7
Weanling
Downhill def. But for low level jumping he should do fine. Most horses will be able to do low level jumping unless there are soundness issues or a past with injury/lameness. Perhaps not the best mount for HUS unless it remained as just HUS and not anything over fences. Jumpers would be better for a downhill horse since the judging in Jumpers is judged objectivly (based on a time and fault system) and hunters is judged subjectivly (based on the judge's opinion of the horse and rider combination) With being downhill there is a chance he's not scopey enough for what most Hunter judges look for. And of course he's too young to do any work over fences right now to see if he would get by as a Hunter.

Light on bone but most have covered this detail already. I just find it odd since he is a stock breed.

Something briefly mentioned was the way his head is set into his withers, I had to take a good look but he really is lacking much of a withers. I mean all horses have withers, but in this picture he seems to have very low withers which cases much more saddle fitting problems than having a high withers (since high withers tends to be common in every riding breed)

I will say that you got a wonderful picture for us to judge! He's standing how any horse should for confirmation judging (makes since cause he's being shown halter in the picture) I do know the hardships of taking good shots of horses standing square though. So cudos for having a good picture.

Overall, he is cute and will likely get by with low level jumping and HUS but I wouldn't do any Hunter over fences and I'd stick with lower level stuff. Hope this helps.
     

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