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post #1 of 36 Old 03-20-2010, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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Think he will make a nice hunter jumper?

he is only about 4. not broke yet, but i have sat on him and (with the help of a trainer) i am teaching him how to longline, he does very well. he has a wonderful temperment. he is very curious and smart and he isnt a spaz. i have already posted a few of these pictures, but i dont have any new ones yet lol. i am hoping he will eventualy make a nice hunter jumper, my trainers say he will :) i might even try some cross country with him.
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post #2 of 36 Old 03-20-2010, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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bump :)

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post #3 of 36 Old 03-21-2010, 12:50 AM
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I'm guessing anglo-arab or something along those lines? Maybe something larger like a warmblood-arab or an Eqyptian? Hard to tell from those confo shots as he's kind of behind up front and parked out in back. He seems like he's got decent slope to the shoulders and hips, his pasterns are set well and he looks to be built uphill. Should make a neat little jumper and if he's game there's no reason not to do some XC on him. He looks like he'd be a fun low level eventer actually. He's definitely a cutie! Look forward to seeing what you make of him!
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post #4 of 36 Old 03-21-2010, 02:15 AM
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He's very cute!
Can you specify which level and what discipline you're talking about? Just about any horse is capable of doing the lower levels of just about any discipline, so if you're looking at the lower levels, then yes, he should be able to just fine.
When you get into anything over 3', or you look at competing in the national circuit, that's when you get talking about conformation. When you get to the bigger stuff, you're looking at conformation being vastly different between hunters and jumpers.
If you're looking for a hunter, you're looking for something that can move a certain way, and jump a certain way. If you're looking for a jumper, the way of going doesn't matter so much as the scope, and how it uses itself over the jump

To evaluate the quality of a horse's jump, you need photos or videos of it jumping and moving.

So, if you can give us some more specifics, we can help you more

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post #5 of 36 Old 03-21-2010, 08:59 AM
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Arabs and AngloArabs can be very catty, athletic jumpers, but they tend not to have the length of stride or form over fences that's desirable in the hunters. You will see some Arabs and half-Arabs pin at some casual local schooling shows, but not much above that level.

They tend to be fairly successful at local schooling jumper shows because of the cattiness, and ability to turn; however, they lack the scope to succeed at much above 2'9" - 3'. The flat croup that is a desirable feature in Arabs limits them in terms of jumping power.
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post #6 of 36 Old 03-21-2010, 09:43 AM Thread Starter
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he is actualy a NSH lol. he is 3/4 arab and 1/4 saddlebred. i want him to be mainly a hunter jumper in probably the 3 foot devision maybey higher if he is good at it. i am mostly going to show him at breed shows, and would like to go to nationals someday, at least on the flat. I would also like to show him at actual hunter shows in a few years of course lol im not going to start jumping him until he is good on the flat and knows at least a little bit of basic dressage, and also is at least 5 years old, he still looks very babyish right now, my trainer thinks he will still get a bit bigger, both of his parents were if im not mistaken around 16 hands. he is only 15'2 right now.

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Have you looked at conformation photos of successful hunter/jumpers? I am also trying to figure out what my mare will be useful for, and being that I am not good at sizing her up without something to compare her to, I found that the above has been very helpful for me.
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Okay, well I'm totally out of my depth. I didn't know they showed NSHs over fences.

Also, I'm confused by your use of the term hunter jumper. They are very different disciplines, judged on different criteria, or at least that's the case in the regular USEF divisions.

If you wanted to show in the regular USEF hunters or jumpers, this horse would not be a particulary good choice conformationally.

As for how he would do at an NSH show - no idea. I hope there's someone with experience in those type of shows who can advise you.
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Just checked the USEF website and the section about NSHs, and can find nothing about showing them over fences. What I did find was a division called Hunter Pleasure, which is shown on the flat at the walk, trot, canter and hand gallop. Is this what you're asking about?
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hunter jumper is a different discipline to hunter and jumping (if that makes sense)

hunter jumper style jump/size

part bred arabs can be very good at jumping, they have great scope, stride and endurance. here are some good ones in there discipline

i cant find a picture of William FP on his other anglo (the jumper) but i have a picture of him on my arab horse society leaflet

I dont know much about National Show Horses though but seeing as he is 3/4 arab i hope i helped :)

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