i rode a huge foundation quarter horse in the jumpers. he was pretty awkward... but we did the 3 foot jumpers without a second thought.
also... i told my trainer that i only wanted to be doing the 3 foot jumpers and nothing more. but i bought my warmblood in september, and now we're schooling 3'9". trust me, you may say you're stopping at the low 3's... but you'll find yourself chasing the height, the challenge, and the adrenaline.
Totally agree with this xD
I used to be terrified of 2' jumps, mostly because my old trainer threw too much at me too fast, and even though she was a supposed "H/J" trainer, she had me kick the horse up as fast as she could canter to do the jump courses?? Idk. There were a lot of not so great things about that barn, and we no longer ride/board there anyways.
I used to even pretend I was sick or couldn't breathe or some random excuse so that I wouldn't have to jump with her. Not to mention, the horse she had me ride would throw a bucking fit every time you tried to get her moving again once you were at a halt.
I never ever thought I would want to go past 2' jumps when I was at that barn.
She wouldn't let us jump unless she was in the ring with us, so unless I was in a lesson, I got no other practice. My friend and I used to go hack out on the trails and make jumps out of logs on the straightaway to practice on, which really helped with my striding.
That said, now that I have Beau and I was the one who taught him to jump, and after we moved to a different barn where the trainer was very patient with us and my (somewhat less) fear of jumps, plus being able to jump whenever we wanted, lesson or not, we are now consistently jumping 2'6 and schooling up to 3' on my foundation bred QH :P
Or at least, we were back when I was still at that barn with the arena and jumps to use :P
This jump was somewhere around 2'9.. although it doesn't look it. We measured it with a tape
Judging by this picture, it looks to me like we'd easily be able to go higher.. << >> *sneaks off to find jump materials*