07-20-2012, 08:10 PM
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As long as the horse has both the conformation and the heart to do it, I would say how tall the horse is shouldn't matter. I do believe their heart/will is just as important as their conformation for them to actually jump high heights (as in, not just once in a while, but competitively/ constantly).
My 14 hand paint used to jump a 5 foot fence daily at his old trainers, he would jump out, eat grass, and then jump back in when he heard them coming over (they caught him by looking out the window, lol). He also jumped a five foot tire to get out of being lounged. But the point is, he's not ideally conformed for it, I would not make him do it constantly as a career because of that, but when he was determined to get over the fences, he did. I doubt he'd hold up jumping five feet as a career, but he can jump five feet when he wants to. I guess you could say they need a body that can carry their heart and a heart that can carry their body...
And Hickstead. Enough said, lol.