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        10-24-2007, 12:34 PM

    Hey guys. I posted this picture in the picture section but I wanted to post it here. This is my new horse duke. I was wondering if you thought he had a good build for jumping. The lady that I bought him from said that he may have been jumped before but he's not sure because she's never jumped him. For the time being we're only going to be trail riding, but come spring time I would like to get him into good shape for some competitions, and if he hasnt jumped, get him over some fences. Thanks guys!!

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        10-24-2007, 01:29 PM
    Its hard to tell with this picture...the gauge of jumping power (not ability, mind you:P) comes mostly from looking at hind-end conformation.

    This shot is poorly angled to judge that, as he looks to have too much angle to the croup, post legs and dropped pasterns in the back (none of which are good indicators). However, he may be better in a straight-on shot on better ground; the camera can do weird things with a horse's angles.

    He doesn't look downhill, which is good: even or slightly uphill is better for jumping.

    Honestly though, it depends on how far you want to go. Just about any horse can jump...its just a matter of how high;P
        10-24-2007, 01:34 PM
    Well I forgot to mention that ill have more pictures on saturday when he arrives at my house. So should I take some pictures of his hind end, and maybe from the front to get you a better look/angles of him?
        10-24-2007, 02:47 PM
    Ah, that's great:)

    Here, I'll post some examples...

    Side shots; these are all good:

    A picture of the legs and chest from the front, straight-on, is also nice. So is a similar picture from the back of the rump and hind legs, with the tail out of the way. The horse should be standing as square as possible for all shots, not leaning.
        11-16-2007, 06:36 PM
    From the picture angle it looks like he has a shorter body, which is a god thing to look for in a jumper. His hawks are nice and low, so he will have more spring to the jump. I think that he would do nicely with jumping.
    Of course, it depends on his temperment, but if he isnt scared of much, and loves jumping, he could definitely take you places :)
        11-17-2007, 12:06 PM
    Well that's good to know. I've ridden him a couple times since he came to my house and he's great. I don't think im going to start him over any jumps until spring, but im glad to know he has a good conformation for it.
        12-10-2007, 11:41 PM
    Well he does have a bit of a jumpers bump and maybe if you bring that big belly up abit who knows it all depends at what level you wanna jump him
        12-11-2007, 12:20 AM
    Here's my critiques....(mind you that I am not very good at this lol)

    At this angle, the horse seems to be heavier fronted. Which makes the body look off-balanced.

    Also, I noticed high withers....Blu has that a little too....and he looks sloping on the legs. Like he is rocking back. Seems to have long pasturns, therefore, sinking.

    Hope this wasn't too harsh or anything! Just a critique. Overall he is a very nice looking horse in my opinion!

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