Hello all, I'm looking for comments on how my horse's jumping looks. He's jumping a little over three feet in the picture. He himself is almost 16h. Just so people know, he is a Tennessee Walking Horse, 5 1/2 years old. Sorry that the pictures are a little blurry, the dust was everywhere, and I'm not a great photographer under normal circumstances, lol.
ANY comments welcome, please just don't be rude :)
P.S. Does his neck seem too thin to anyone? If yes, how would that impair his ability to perform in jumping?
He is a good jumper. However you don't jump tennesse walking horses they may be able to do but it kills there back after doing it for awhile. That is at least what I have always been told. However people still do it so don't let me stop you I just never would. Also my friend has one and she doesn't jump him for that reason.
:) Tennessee Walking Horses can jump the same as any other horse. I have been in the breed for several years and I know several breeders--none of them ever had problems with the horses that were jumped.
He looks quite nice. Any horse with a confirmed walk, trot, and canter can jump very well. The problem might come if he switches to a TWH gait instead of a trot or canter. He could still jump, but it would be hard for him to have the proper engagement to thrust with his haunch for a bigger jump. At least, that has been my experience with gaited jumping horses.
Allison Finch--Yes, that is what I have experienced as well. Fortunately Dimey has a great canter, and prefers cantering to anything else(he is a BAD gaited horse, lol) so I always jump him from the canter, and he doesn't mind a bit.