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post #1 of 8 Old 05-10-2010, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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critique his jump?

I found a picture of my boy from a couple years ago that his previous owners sent me of him jumping... 3'6? I can't honestly remember what they said the height was and I have terrible height percepion, especially in pictures, it looks shorter to me but... yeah, what do you think?

Basically, he was either four or five at the time, I don't know when the picture was taken, but that's not the point. The point is, I'd like to eventually be able to bring him back to that, we're having issues now but working with a trainer, etc. I want to get him back. Originally I wanted him to be my eventer, or to plod around some local shows but the trainer said he's "mediocre at best" and that due to his colour, etc. he wont get anywhere in anything. She said he wouldn't be able to jump well because he's built slightly downhill, so my question for all you experts out there...

How does his jump look? Does he have potential to go higher?

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post #2 of 8 Old 05-10-2010, 09:30 PM
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i know nothing about jumping, so take what i say with a grain of salt. lol. i think he looks good jumping. and i don't know what his color has to do with whether he will make it or not. maybe someone can explain that to me? anyway, good luck


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post #3 of 8 Old 05-10-2010, 09:41 PM
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I know a bit about jumping..but not too much.
but from what I see-he looks prety nice over the jump..and from the picture and comparasin with the rider, horse and does seem to be about 3'6" or around there.
as for his reality-it may hurt his ratings/placing because some judges are impartial to horses wihout solid colours..but they aren't suppose to judge anything by colour, so I they do-they'll find anything and eerything else to put it on instead of their own cloudy judgment.
my battery is about to die...but that's just a description in a nutshell..
he is very pretty IMO hough, I love roans *nods* ((:
he probably could jump a bit higher..but I wouldn't try until he was nextto -perfect- over those, meaning no faults, refusals, etc etc -ever-.
and good luck :3
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The jump looks more like 2'6"-2'9" to me.
Although he is very even with his front end, which is very nice, his knees are pointed down a bit, which isn't as nice.

With some grid work, he may pick them up and have very nice form. Even knees are hard to find.

I like his apparent attitude. He looks happy and willing. I would keep him on this track and see what happens.
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Really? That doesn't look anywhere near 2'6 to me... but maybe I'm blind?
He's 16 hands if that helps any... maybe I'm just crazy.
He's got a very nice attitude, and with the right prompting loves his job. We went back a few paces in training due to a few issues, bad trainers and my own bad habits, but I'm glad he looks good for future!

Now tell me, if he was jumping that height by five or possibly four, would it have hurt his joints any? I asked this somewhere else... but I want a few other opinions, too.
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I agree, it looks closer to 2'6"-2'9"; he has cute, even knees, but they are dropped a bit - not quite hanging, but close. With some work, they could tighten up. I would want to see him start to use his back more as well. All in all, looks like a cute prospect.

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I was going to guess that the fence was about 3ft, possibly 2'9...figure it's probably a 5ft standard.

You could easily do lower level events or jumper classes with him, so long as he's brave, has stamina for jumping, & doesn't have refusal issues. Colour is NOT an issue in the jumper ring, & is very rarely an issue in eventing (with rare exception of bad dressage judges at unrecognised shows).

Jumping is hard on a horse's joints, especially when they are started at a young age, so yes, he could have joint problems later on down the line. However, just don't over do it & take good care of him, & he theoretically should be fine.
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post #8 of 8 Old 05-11-2010, 12:53 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I checked back into the emails- they said that that jump was three feet, the highest he went was 3'6, but they could've gotten the height mixed up with the pictures? It looks big to me, but like I said, terrible at judging height!

I'm glad to see that you guys think he has potential, and I'm definitely going to start working much harder with him to get him up to that potential (and to prove to the trainer and my mother that they're wrong, to some extent, anyway, because I'm stubborn like that).
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