08-13-2009, 10:01 AM
| || | I 100% agree with your post. My first mare was 15.1 and could jump ANYTHING, and we easily kept up with the 16.2hh+ warmbloods in the jumper ring, and on the cross country field. I'm browsing around for a pony jumper right now and ponies CAN jump 4ft, but you really have to weed through them. Not really sure how practical it is to look for a GP horse unless you have 100k+ to blow on a price tag, with oodles more money to spend on training, a class A boarding facility, trailer, etc. I would look for something with experience in Levels 1s and 2s if you're really serious about the jumper ring. You could find a horse like that very fairly priced in this market. Especially if you're a hunter rider, a nice packer at those levels would be the safest and most fun option IMO. I watch the GP vidoes on youtube and some of those horses look like nuts! But good luck with your goal!
I'm throwing this for a loop - Some of the best (although very few because the "trend" right now is that "bigger is better") jumpers I've ever seen have been 15.1-16 hh, so don't automatically think that you NEED a horse to be over 16hh to jump big. Smaller horses can collect up much easier than bigger ones, which makes a ton of difference. |
In all honesty, you're probably going to go through a couple of horses before you reach your 6' goal - most Grand Prix horses (the 5' jumpers and up) are in the six-figure range as far as the price sticker goes. If you're only jumping 3' now, chances are your next horse won't be GP caliber.
Start looking for a 3'6" - 4' prospect or seasoned jumper.