twogeldings: Thank you! Do you ride your horse when you try to jump or have him at liberty?
SilentBravery09: I feel pretty dumb right now. I thought you meant a chest guard, like in case he goes straight through the jump. I definitely agree that he may need a belly guard in case he kicks himself there. Kind of frightening to think that he may tuck his legs up that much. Haha. Would something like that hinder his jumping? I mean, kicking himself there.
He does overstep so I usually have bell boots on, even when just plodding around. As for regular boots, I only use them for intense work. When I first got him we used to play around barrels a ton and he ALWAYS wore them for that. Same thing when I take him in the round pen. I try to put them on as much as possible. I have heard though that they can do more harm then good. I don't know. If I know we are going to be doing something extra streneous I put them on. It's a bit strange but sometimes I find him to be calmer when he has boots on. Maybe because he isn't kicking himself... That sounds strange doesn't it
To be honest with you, I am not sure what breed he is. I bought him from people who bought him from a man who bought his mother at auction, turned her out on 170 acres and brought them in for the first time when he was about three years old. On his vet check papers from the sale before I bought him, it says QH but I am thinking he must have some TB in him or something. I have the old owners address so I was thinking of writing him a letter. I was also going to make a post under horse breeding to see if anyone had ever heard of him so I sent a message to the administrator to see if I could put someone's name online but I never heard back. I would be very interested in seeing what breed he is. What do you think he is?
Also, he is about 5 almost 6. If I do the math correctly it works out like this. When I bought him they said he was three and a half. They had him for about four or five months at that point. On the papers they gave me from when they bought him, he was listed as being three at the time of vet check, three months prior to when they bought him. That means he was actually about four when I finally brought him home in August 2007. That would mean he is somewhere around six right now. I really would like to contact the old owner and see what he has to say about the whole situation.
And thank you! I love him to bits.
Do you have a horse/pictures of your horse?