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    01-04-2013, 10:22 AM
Can he jump?

This is strictly a conformational question at this point - I'm not at a point where I'm ready to start jumping and, when I do get to that point, i'll be working with a trainer. However, my horse is slightly buck-kneed and I've been told by some people that I shouldn't jump him because it wouldn't be good for him with those knees. Other people have told me it isn't an issue. What do you think?
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    01-04-2013, 12:18 PM
I don't think it's an issue.. his legs look pretty sturdy for jumping IMO.
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    01-04-2013, 12:29 PM
What Fulford said.

I like him a lot. He's a teeny bit downhill which might limit his scope but otherwise, I love him. Also, are his feet a bit long in the toe? That can exacerbate or even cause the appearance of buck knees just from the strain it puts on the tendons - a horse might stand with its knees slightly bent to relieve the pressure.
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    01-04-2013, 12:58 PM
Lol he's not quite on even ground and was due for a trim, but this is one of those rare pictures I get of him that'll give people a pretty good idea of what he's like. I'll post another pic when I get home
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    01-04-2013, 01:13 PM
He's purebred Arab right? One of what feels like not all that many that are actually structurally useful for something... too many show-ring bred Arabs have that awful hind end that really isn't much good for anything, and doesn't even look good until they're parked out.

He's a wee bit short through the hip too, I just realized, which might again limit his scope, but I can't see any reason why he couldn't do low-level jumping.

My gelding's a pretty decent jumper and much worse put-together, by the by, so it really does depend on the horse.
    01-04-2013, 01:57 PM
Yeah, he's Egyptian and crabbet. Excellent endurance and trail horse, so I don't mind if that's all he ever does, but I didn't want to ask him to do something that I shouldn't. The last that bred him actually does western pleasure with his sire and is moving toward quarter horses now, so I don't think she is in it for the pretty halter horses.

I'd only be doing low level stuff btw
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    01-04-2013, 02:37 PM
Well he can easy do what you want him for! [btw, I love Crabbets, they are my favourite strain]
    01-04-2013, 02:56 PM
Pretty much anything can do low-level jumping. :) As long as you give him a good start he should be a lovely little jumper. A few jumps won't hurt him just to try it. If he doesn't like it, then no harm done.
    01-04-2013, 03:01 PM
I love him. I think he'll make a cute little jumper, if he enjoys it.
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    01-04-2013, 04:08 PM
He's a cutie that's for sure! I would love to see him in the Jumper ring.

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