How high do you think my pony can jump?

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        08-18-2014, 09:06 AM
    How high do you think my pony can jump?

    So I think I want to start jumping my pony more seriously. Right now I only jump him now and then for fun and the jumps are like 2 ft to 2 ft 3 in. If I want to start competing him in jumping, how high do you think he could eventually go? He's 13.1 and he's cleared the pasture fence in only three strides and that was about 3 ft 9 in. He probably can't go that high with a rider on his back but who knows. How high do you think he could jump with a rider on his back, course wise?

    Also, how well do you think he tucks his legs in?

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        08-18-2014, 09:55 AM
    Why not start competing in a 2ft and 2ft3 classes and when you "jump out" of a class move up - ie double clear consistently, say 3 or 4 times or when you're placed in the top 3. That way nobody can accuse you of "pot hunting" and you're finding out what you're pony is capable of. He may well go round a 1.20m course fine, but he may get so wound up at competitions he loses the plot round an 75cm course! My friends pony will happily pop 4ft at home but she can't get him clear round a 2'9 out and about!
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        08-19-2014, 04:39 AM
    My friends horse could jump 3'6 at home, but I would suggest to try out smaller at about 2ft3 classes. My friends pony is the same size as yours, and was a great jumper, but when he got to the competition it blew his mind, to atmosphere made him not concentrate at all. But after a few shows he gained confidence and got used to it all and would jump 3ft classes and 3'6 classes.Start out small and get bigger, and you will soon find out his limit. Just practice and practise! He looks like a brilliant jumper! And his legs look great!

    Good luck!

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