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post #1 of 10 Old 09-13-2009, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
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Jumping Critique and Pricing Question

Hey I was wondering if you guys could critique me on my jumping eq. And tell me about how much you think that my horse is worth if I were to sell him..
He is a 15.1 hand morgan/QH cross and is 10 years old. He has experience in 4H, pony club, and competitive trail riding. He just recently took first place in level 3 jumper at a USEF rated show and took 3rd in a Hunter Derby at the same show. He is very versitle and is an honest, consistent jumper.
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post #2 of 10 Old 09-13-2009, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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hey...If you guys could give me some advice it would be greatly appreciated.. I am thinking of selling him and I really don't have a clue to what he is worth.
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post #3 of 10 Old 09-13-2009, 05:29 PM
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I know next to nothing about jumping but it seems like you are perching and jumping ahead alot. I could be totally wrong though.
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post #4 of 10 Old 09-13-2009, 06:17 PM
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I have no idea what the prices are like in Alaska, but for such a quiet and easy going horse, I think you could get a really pretty penny for him. I absolutely loved watching that video, he didn't zig zag or even bat an eyelash at a single fence. He doesn't over use himself, he jumps just as high as he needs to, and that seems to be pretty high!

He looks like he'd make an absolutely perfect horse for someone looking to move out of ponies and into open competition. Again, I have no idea what prices are like over there but I'm in Canada and I could see you getting in the $7,000 - $10,000 range for him here. He'd be absolutely perfect as a kid horse it seems, it's a crying shame he's not pony height or you'd get tons of money for him, but even so, he'd be just a fantastic little horse for the older teenager looking to show, or even a more beginner adult.

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post #5 of 10 Old 09-13-2009, 06:56 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you, I trained him how to jump myself

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post #6 of 10 Old 09-13-2009, 07:10 PM
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I am thinking 2000$ Nice but not a 10K. I have not bought a horse for a few years, things do change and I do not know every thing.
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post #7 of 10 Old 09-13-2009, 08:36 PM
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I agree, he's not a $10k mover, however he's nice enough to be competitive at rated shows. Around here i'd put him up at $6,000 the market is horrible over here and that's about as much as very nice A rated horses are going for, if you were willing to wait, hopefully by the spring the market will be up and going again put him up at $7500 with room to negotiate.
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post #8 of 10 Old 09-14-2009, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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Does anybody have any critique on my equitation?

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post #9 of 10 Old 09-14-2009, 11:30 PM
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It looks like you are tending to duck a little to the right over the jumps. I'd work on staying more centered over your horse. It occasionally looks like you might be roaching your back, but that may be the ducking that is giving that impression. It also seems like you might be catching your horse in the mouth on some of the fences, which prevents him from getting a good extension over the jump. Make sure you're giving an adequate release over fences and both you and he will look even better. Finally, I agree that your are getting too far out of the saddle and perching a little. Make sure you are letting your horse push you out of the saddle, not throwing yourself out using your own momentum :)

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post #10 of 10 Old 09-15-2009, 01:18 PM
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I's probably price him at $5,000 Canadian, maybe $5,000 US obo if he were really quiet and easy to ride anywhere... he has a cute face and looks very simple, but the movement isn't there to make him a $10,000-15,000 horse, as well I noticed in the video that he went around one of the corners on the wrong lead; does he do lead changes? That will definitely count against him if he is being marketed as a hunter, specifically one for a beginner rider who might know how to ask for one correctly and would rather spend the money on a horse with autos (they are out there, and at comparable prices.). He dodesn't seem to use himself that well over jumps... gets the height, but doesn't use his back, and keeps his head up. Might be a conformation thing, but I found your hand to be a little restricting over the fences, work on a nice long crest release over lots of gymnastics to allow him to stretch his neck and use his back more, which in return will help with the jumping style. His height also goes against him... not many people want a horse between 14.3 and 15.3 hands, so they are worth less than a comparable in quality 16 hand horse. Stupid? Yeah, but that is the market!
With your position, you seem to be pinching with your knees alot over the fences, shorten the stirrups a hole or two, and really concentrate on taking your knee away from the saddle and wrapping your leg around his belly, and using your lower calf to almost 'lift his belly up' to you... also work on using a proper crest release half way up his neck, and pushing down on his crest, thereby pushing your shoulders back a little as you're jumping too far ahead over most of the jumps... I would know I totally do it too! Roll your shoulders back and concentrate on keeping your back straight coming up to a fence, then following the horse's jump more with your elbow than with your entire body, as jumping ahead is MUCH more noticeble on a smaller horse (again, I know from experience.. my 15.2 hh mare looks reeaaalll small when I'm crawling up her neck over an oxer, but not so tiny when my shoulders are back and we are balanced!!)
Anywho, this was a really long and winding post, but I hope it wasn't too confusing!
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