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    04-11-2013, 12:47 AM
Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
I know a TB who is 17.2hh and built like a tank, so taller TBs are out there.

I do like Kayty's suggestion of a draft cross. Mine is 16.2hh as a coming-4yo and very athletic.
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can he jump? That is what I am looking for in terms of riding but character I am looking for an appendix QH like attitude
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    04-11-2013, 12:51 AM
Good luck with your search
    04-11-2013, 12:52 AM
He's not even four yet, so I haven't started him jumping yet. He has, however, jumped once or twice incidentally on the trail. One was a bunny hop over a fallen tree he could have easily just stepped over.

He has the most laid-back, "yes, ma'am" personality. But he's got pep when I want it.
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    04-11-2013, 12:53 AM
Originally Posted by nikyplushbreyer    
well I am looking for a horse that can jump 3'6 so I don't know if a draft can jump
I ride a purebred Friesian and he can jump, he doesn't actually respect anything under about 3'.

No matter what the breed, they can all jump. Some horses are just better at jumping than others.
    04-11-2013, 12:54 AM
Depending on how heavy your draft cross is, they can easily jump 3'6. My cross we've actually had to start at a higher level - 2'3 - 2'6 as he he's all legs, he doesn't take the too low ones or cross rails seriously. Now under my coach he was jumping 3'0 - 3'3 no problem, and this is during his young education.

There are plenty of heavier draft crosses, but plenty of light ones. Although again not knowing your budget, they sometimes don't come cheap. I basically stole mine as the farm was I believe starting to sell off all their stock. But on average in my area (Western Canada) you are looking at starting at $6000 and up.

Ontario has some great draft horse x sales and I believe at reasonable prices - on average $4000.

Here is my cross jumping last summer with my bf riding him as I was recovering from a riding injury.

Here's a link to the Ontario group I'm referring to.
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    04-11-2013, 01:00 AM
Thanks for he help! I might try that but sadly I live on the east coast so I won't be able to do the Ontario breeders production.
    04-11-2013, 01:05 AM
They can certainly jump.
Many of the top eventing horses around here are clydie x's and have a huge amount of scope.
    04-11-2013, 01:05 AM
Originally Posted by nikyplushbreyer    
thanks for he help! I might try that but sadly I live on the east coast so I won't be able to do the Ontario breeders production.
I got my draft cross for $1600, but he was a basically unhandled 2yo stud colt. Green broke as he is now, he's worth about $2200. Once he gets more training and starts jumping, he'll probably worth around $3500-4000. Just to give you an idea.
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    04-11-2013, 11:53 AM
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I stopped growing when I was around 12/13 and I was 5'7 - not saying you won't grow but I wouldn't bet on you being super tall! Tall people ride short horses too - like 6 foot men on 15hh Quarter Horses.. not all that uncommon. My horse is 14.3hh. I had a 17hh and I didn't like it - they are too big. Rugs costs more, they can need bigger floats, bigger stables etc.

Its hard to choose a breed when you're not sure what you want from it. And to a large extent breed doesn't matter. Most riding breeds can jump 3 foot pretty easily I think. Look for a good horse and don't focus too much on breeds. If you must focus on breeds then really look for suitable ones - TBs aren't bred to be pleasure horses and while they often are athletic I don't think they make great ridden horses in comparison to all the purpose bred horses out there.
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    04-11-2013, 12:01 PM
I am almost 6' and I rode a 15.3 QH for years. Like another poster said, the likelihood of you getting much taller isn't that great. Maybe an inch or two, but I can't see you growing more that that. I was about 5'9" at your age, and am 5'11" at 28, so only two more inches. I am riding a 16.2 thoroughbred, and he is BIG to me. I wouldn't try to go too big.

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