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post #1 of 22 Old 07-17-2010, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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I want to Jump my QH gelding but my sister in-law said he is a little downhill. He is heavy on the forehand but with practice I can teach him not to be so much. He is 15.3 and I only want to jump him 2' in low hunters. There is picturse of him on my profile I will get more up. So what i'm really asking if a downhill horse can jump?
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post #2 of 22 Old 07-17-2010, 05:59 PM
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A bit of downhill angle is not a death sentence for jumping a horse 2 feet. Work on dressage to get him working more evenly and I'd say he could jump 2' easily. Just make sure, like with any horse, that you do not over-jump.

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Haha ok I have to put a couple of photo's up to make you feel better. A few years back... I think 6 years now? My lovely wb mare broke her leg in the paddock and had to be put to sleep. To keep me busy, I leased a little QH x appy mare, sight unseen I just went to pick her up! A bit of a project horse I guess. She was 12, had done absolutely nothing other than a little bit of trail riding and never cantered.

This is her first ride:

I had no idea how to ride her! She was so downhill that it felt as though she was tipping me over her shoulders constantly. Me being a dressage nut, but also loving the challenge in training horses and improving them in front of the owner's eyes, took it as a great challenge!

It took me less than 12 months to have her working at elementary level dressage (shoulder in, travers, walk-canter-walk etc.) and she placed, beating a few lovely WB's, in 2 novice tests at the state championships.

An 'after' photo (sorry, I don't actually have many photo's of her but you get the idea!!)




I know it's not jumping, but I hope you get the idea from those that you can still train a horse to a reasonable standard with correct training ;) Go out there, get some good solid dressage work into your gelding and once he has learnt to take his weight over his hind legs, you won't have a problem, particularly as you're not aiming to leap enormous hurdles ;)
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post #4 of 22 Old 07-18-2010, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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that is a wondrful change! Unfortaly I have never done dressage so I have no clue how to start? What are some simple exercises you did to help your horse? (my horse is not too down hill but he drags his front feet alittle :/)
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Haha ok I have to put a couple of photo's up to make you feel better. A few years back... I think 6 years now? My lovely wb mare broke her leg in the paddock and had to be put to sleep. To keep me busy, I leased a little QH x appy mare, sight unseen I just went to pick her up! A bit of a project horse I guess. She was 12, had done absolutely nothing other than a little bit of trail riding and never cantered.
Wow! That's a change I must say. I wish you'd live around here to ride my horse!
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post #6 of 22 Old 07-18-2010, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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here ismy horse. He is not tremendously downhill but I still think he needs work.
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post #7 of 22 Old 07-18-2010, 08:37 PM
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He looks pretty balanced to me, he's pretty :)
But he doesnt look as downhill as a lot I have seen that jump. :)

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post #8 of 22 Old 07-18-2010, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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here is another picture
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post #9 of 22 Old 07-18-2010, 08:41 PM
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that is a wondrful change! Unfortaly I have never done dressage so I have no clue how to start? What are some simple exercises you did to help your horse? (my horse is not too down hill but he drags his front feet alittle :/)
My best advice is to find a good trainer. It's really hard to do anything without someone knowing the stuff watching and directing you. Even if you think you do it right often it's not a case. I'm just speaking from own experience (as I have similar issues with my qh).
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Kayty, is that the same horse?!!? Wow! It's like you stretched out her front legs, what an amazing transformation! Is that all from building the top line?

brodieluver26, your horse is gorgeous! I don't think he's too terribly downhill but working on balance is good for all horses!



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