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. Posted via Mobile Device
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.
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. Posted via Mobile Device
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.
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.