How do you know if the horse is a good jumping project?

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How do you know if the horse is a good jumping project?

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    09-05-2010, 06:50 PM
How do you know if the horse is a good jumping project?

So how? I'm talking about green horse with zero experience jumping.
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    09-05-2010, 06:54 PM
I would assume to free jump him over jumps or even some hay bales. Does he have good form? Good timing? Ect..
    09-05-2010, 07:02 PM
Firstly work over ground poles... evaluate how they move over them, how they pick up their feet. Then move on to free-jumping. Evaluate how they maneuver the jump, and especially how they take to it. Do they enjoy it? Does it seem tedious to them? The more you do it, the more comfortable they become with it, and the more you will be able to see their emotions regarding it. A horse first learning to jump is probably going to be a little clumsy, they are learning where their feet are and how to maneuver this new obstacle. But the more you free-jump them, and help them with grid work/etc, the more you will see their striding, jump, and bascule improve. If you don't see a lot of improvement, then chances are they aren't very good jumping prospects.
However, you must give every horse the chance to succeed. Start them correctly over fences, with grids, ground poles, etc, and give them the opportunity to learn and succeed. Then evaluate whether they are a prospect or not based on how they've come along and taken to it.

A lot of faults/issues you see in young horses, or green horses over fences, can be fixed with exercises to aid the horse in improvement. However, there are some tendencies that are very hard to fix, and can be dangerous. Such as hanging a leg, laziness when jumping. The horse has to enjoy the task, and want to do it well, to be successful. :)

Also, though, confirmation definitely plays a part in how much ability he/she will have.
    10-03-2010, 08:44 AM
Id say if they have a bit of heart, and want to do it, that's a start. It doent meann that they don't shy or run oout, but you can feel it if they are running out but want to do it.
    10-03-2010, 06:12 PM
I would say. If they have good scope and make a naturaly good shape over the fences. Also they have to enjoy it and be reasonably brave :) x
    10-03-2010, 06:18 PM
Almost any horse can jump very small jumps. The horse is a very athetic animal, after all. It's more a matter of their conformation, enjoyment, and understanding of good form that makes a good jumper. Start him over poles, then cavelleti, then move on to small cross rails and verticals to judge his timing and form over fences.
    10-06-2010, 11:01 PM
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Conformation plays a huge part (doesn't have to be perfect, but there are certain traits that are important). When you get to the upper levels breeding can play a huge part. Personality is pretty important. When I look at prospects I always hop them over something a few times just to see how they respond. I'm not looking for perfection but how agile they, how they use their body, and mainly, if they're willing! Free jumping/chutes can tell you a lot as well.
    10-06-2010, 11:25 PM
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I'll take heart over conformation every time.
I take any prospects and free jump them. Even if they have never done it before. I can see a lot about their scope, natural form, and heart from how they approach this.
    10-07-2010, 08:12 AM
Originally Posted by Allison Finch    
I'll take heart over conformation every time.
I take any prospects and free jump them. Even if they have never done it before. I can see a lot about their scope, natural form, and heart from how they approach this.
Havn't seen you for while around here, Allison! Glad you are back.

I may try to take some pics of my paint to see what you all think about her (if I'll be able to do the set up for jumping).

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