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post #1 of 10 Old 07-13-2014, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
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Showjumping horses

I'm looking to buy a new horse for sj competitions

Recommended height for jumper ?
Most common age if successful sj horses ?
How good are ish at jumping ?

Thanks

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post #2 of 10 Old 07-14-2014, 01:50 PM
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I'm looking to buy a new horse for sj competitions

Recommended height for jumper ?
Most common age if successful sj horses ?
How good are ish at jumping ?

Thanks
It depends how high you jump or want to jump.

How experienced are you with riding? Generally ages 10+ is good for those with less experienced, BUT, it depends on the horse itself.

I did great when I was younger with my 13.2h Arab/Welsh. She craved speed and had long strides. I also did Jumpers with my late 16.3h Hanoverian/Oldenburg. He was not fast (he hated speed), but he beat the ponies because he could stretch from 5 strides to 2.5 in a line and pivot on his hind legs like a ballerina and shoot for the jump behind him. He was very athletic and didn't lose his balance.

You have to evaluate each horse accordingly.
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If you're out of junior classes then height really can depend on what level you want to compete at - I used to find the courses at local riding club shows better suited the 15.2 to 16.2 hand horse because they don't always have so much space available
If you're aiming higher then 16 hands and over has more natural scope - though aptitude is what counts most and there have been some amazing little horses winning at top level over the years
10 is a good age if the horse has been in consistent work and you want a proven track record
The Irish are very proud of their horse breeding industry so you should get a good ISH for what you want to do
Prices in the UK are really low right now so be prepared to travel around to find the right one and you should get a decent horse for a reasonable price
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Irish sport horses are AMAZING jumpers.
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To come out with such a broad statement as this is silly.

What is an ISH? It is a horse that has been bred in Ireland nothing more and nothing less. There is no breed standard and it can be any cross breed at all.

I do love the Irish horses and many of them can jump but not all will make the best jumpers.

As Jaydee pointed out, rules for affiliated jumping are different in the UK in that orders age and pony/ horse height come to the fore.

I do think that the height of a horse and the height of the rider should be taken into consideration. Most horses, classed as 16.2 are barely 16 hands. A small teenage rider on a big horse is going to have problems holding it together for SJ. It is also a big difference from a 14.2

Look at several horses, take someone who knows how well you ride and is experienced with buying horses, with you.

Look at track records especially of the horse has been affiliated.

Good luck!
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To come out with such a broad statement as this is silly.

What is an ISH? It is a horse that has been bred in Ireland nothing more and nothing less. There is no breed standard and it can be any cross breed at all.

I do love the Irish horses and many of them can jump but not all will make the best jumpers.

As Jaydee pointed out, rules for affiliated jumping are different in the UK in that orders age and pony/ horse height come to the fore.

I do think that the height of a horse and the height of the rider should be taken into consideration. Most horses, classed as 16.2 are barely 16 hands. A small teenage rider on a big horse is going to have problems holding it together for SJ. It is also a big difference from a 14.2

Look at several horses, take someone who knows how well you ride and is experienced with buying horses, with you.

Look at track records especially of the horse has been affiliated.

Good luck!
( for all comments )

I am quite experienced as I have owned horses all my life because we had our horses at home. I've only ever had 1 pony who long story short , became mine as a foal when I was born ( he was September I was October ) he is only 13hh so I'm looking to get another now we have moved house and onto a yard. I'm not a small teenager and I ride with long stirrups ( I do shorten them for jumping ). I've seen a 16.2 ish gelding I might be getting we are going to see him soon , and I'm taking my mom as she has had 6 horses throughout her life so she's experienced with buying. And thanks :) ( thanks to all the replies too )
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To come out with such a broad statement as this is silly.

What is an ISH? It is a horse that has been bred in Ireland nothing more and nothing less. There is no breed standard and it can be any cross breed at all.

I do love the Irish horses and many of them can jump but not all will make the best jumpers.



Good luck!
Irish Sport horses are historically Irish Draughts crossed with a thoroughbred or some type of warmblood. Not just any horse bred in Ireland can be considered an Ish. If you breed Connemara ponies in Ireland they wouldn't be considered an Irish sport horse just because they were bred there, if that were the case many horses would just be called (name of country) sport horses.
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If the Connemara was crossed with a TB or Irish Draft or some other breed that produced a horse (in Ireland) that was considered to be suited for competition or leisure then it would be eligible for the Irish Sport Horse registry
Irish Sport Horse Studbook - Horse Sport Ireland
And yes many horses can be called (name of country) Sport Horse as we already have the Registry for the Sport Horse Breeding of Great Britain
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And we're seeing different countries adopt (Name of Country) Sport Pony registries
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13h up to 16.2hh is a big jump (I made a similar one) so you may find yourself for the first year or so jumping smaller individual jumps/tracks and getting used to their stride - don't be disheartened if you find they're very difficult to sit to to begin with! Are you in the UK op? If so where abouts are you? I'm in South East England and we have a LOT of reputable dealers with horses with a record, so if you really want to try a few horses, if you're localish or could stay in a b&b for a few nights it may be worth doing a few days of just solid dealer horse viewing - reputable one's won't sell you a horse that's not compatible with you and should have a few for you to try. I could give you about 5 dealers that are worth seeing - and obviously a couple not to touch with a barge pole! Also in the area I'm in we have one of the top vets in the country for a vetting before the sales complete. Let us know how your viewings go. :)
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