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post #1 of 19 Old 06-02-2012, 12:58 AM Thread Starter
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I'm thinking about switching to jumping

I guess I could be considered a gymkhana rider.. Not sure though. My pony, who was the reason I liked gymkhana, was put down today and I feel my other horse and I will never have as much fun there as my pony and I did. So, I'm quitting.
My dad had brought up the idea of switching Dozer to jumping, just because he is horrible at gymkhana and seems to enjoy jumping the barrels I lay down for him.
We would need training and a lot of help. We jump sometimes. Just for fun though.
So, I'm going to post some pics of Dozer, some might have me, and I might have a picture or video of us jumping bareback (
) .. And I was hoping you guys could tell me if we may have a good shot at being okay at jumping?

Thanks in advance! And sorry for the story...
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post #2 of 19 Old 06-02-2012, 02:00 AM
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Dozer is very beautiful, what breed? You look so tiny on him lol!
Depends what sort of jumping you were looking to do. Just for fun, or for shows? Drafty breeds aren't really built for jumping and its much harder for them to clear the higher jumps, but I don't see why you couldn't do low level stuff/ jumping just for fun ;)
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He is a PMU baby but we think he has some paint and some percheron in him. And thanks, he loves compliments! I think it'd be more for fun but there is always the possibility of us attending a show just to try it out. And is it harder for the drafts because they are heavier or because they are slower?

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Anyone else?

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post #5 of 19 Old 06-04-2012, 10:00 AM
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Are you interested more in hunters (how well your horse moves and how your ride flows) or jumpers (speed, knockdown penalties)?
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post #6 of 19 Old 06-04-2012, 11:16 AM
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At low level shows you could do it, as a hunter not to be the bad guy but your horse is not a hunter. The judges probably wouldnt take 2 looks- just the way it is. You could go to just have fun in the lower jumps. For a jumper I suppose he could, but you have to go clean and quick. Some draft x can do it but he is a very big big guy.

He's beautiful but you may have a long road ahead of you to be competitive in the jumper ring. But if you want to do it then there's no reason why you can't :) but be prepared for some snarky people when you bring him out . Sadly most riders see no place for anything but WB and some tbs but still my area the tbs still get a lot of rude comments.

Do you have any other videos of him jumping?? I would love to see more to see how he goes up and down lines exc.
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post #7 of 19 Old 06-05-2012, 02:18 AM Thread Starter
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I don't know what we would do.. Whichever he is better at I gues. I definitely would just do it for the fun of it. I'm not even sureif I know where any shows near me are.. He just really enjoys jumping the barrels when I lay them over for him, so I figured we could do something he enjoys instead of trying to have him barrel race (which is what my pony and I enjoyed). I know of some people who have draft crosses who do jumping somewhere around this area, but like I said, if I ever even went to a show, it would just be for fun.
I can ride him tomorrow and get some more videos of us jumping the barrels :)

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I LOVE the picture of you galloping on him. So cool!

I'm so sorry about your gaming pony :(
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post #9 of 19 Old 06-05-2012, 08:22 AM
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I hope my post didn't come off rude or anything, not my intention at all! A lot of barns have schooling days where you can go over and school (duh) on their property and go over the courses to get a feel for it. That may be a lot cheaper than showing then you can see how it goes? Its a lot more relaxed too :) Best of luck to you!
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post #10 of 19 Old 06-05-2012, 08:37 AM
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Woah, am I seeing things? In that second picture it looks like there is no cinch :O
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