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    03-21-2010, 10:28 PM
  #1
Yearling
Jumper height

What height horse do you like for a jumping? Do you find a difference in maneuverability based on height or individual horses athletic ability.
     
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    03-22-2010, 12:17 AM
  #2
Started
Height and size has a lot to do with it imo. I prefer a horse b/t 16 - 16.2, bigger than that and you have issues with maneuverability and agility. Smaller can have issues with the bigger jumps. However every horse is different and there are exceptions. Most of the huge horses I know though have more hang time over the fences which is less desirable for a jumper where time counts. And one of the horses that is in the hall of fame for eventing was 15.2 and amazing!

The way I see it - bigger isn't always better!
     
    03-22-2010, 09:21 AM
  #3
Trained
^^ teddy oconnor was like 14.2 !! =]

I like around 16 hh for a jumper
     
    03-22-2010, 09:57 AM
  #4
Yearling
If only the world was full of Teddy Oconnor's!

Thanks for the replies. I was thinking along those lines 15.2-16hh. I grew up jumping arabs anywhere from 14.3-15.2 and they were such athletic lil guys and such a blast to ride. Over the last few years I have mostly ridden TB's and my TB moves like a lincoln town car and is not very athletic. I want to get an OTTB this year late summer or fall and am trying to put together a list of exactly what I am looking for. I guess if I make a list filled with every opposite of what Aidan is I will find what I want ;)

I really like these two but I doubt they will still be around when I am ready to buy.

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    03-22-2010, 02:49 PM
  #5
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Originally Posted by gypsygirl    
^^ teddy oconnor was like 14.2 !! =]

I like around 16 hh for a jumper
yes but he was more the exception than the rule!!!!
     
    03-22-2010, 05:00 PM
  #6
Green Broke
I never judge a horse by it's height. I know some 15h horses that can jump the moon and turn on a dime and a lot of 17h slugs who can barely turn and have no scope. I look for temperament and ability. That being said, most of the jumpers I ride are at least 16.2 or taller. I think the smallest I've shown is about 15.2, but we only did the 3'.
     
    03-22-2010, 09:02 PM
  #7
Green Broke
Height does have SOME to do with a horse's jumping ability. But I think it has more to do about natural talent and all that jazz.

I can definitely feel a difference in the jumping styles of my 17hh mare and my 14.3 hh mare. The 17hh mare gives you the feeling of a slower ride because of her huge strides and the effort to get over the jumps is less usually. I find her more comfortable to ride over jumps because I am somewhat of a timid jumper and I like the slower, steady feeling.

My 14.3hh horse is speedy. She has to be to get around in the same time as the other horses! She cracks her back on lower jumps than the bigger horses naturally but she is also more catty than the 17hh horse.

It all depends on what you like as a rider.
     
    03-22-2010, 09:14 PM
  #8
Trained
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Originally Posted by CJ82Sky    
yes but he was more the exception than the rule!!!!
not really, he was bred specifically to do upper level eventing. There arent that many upper level pony eventers because there arent that many breeders who breed upper level ponies. He was also 1/2 tb, its not like he was a welsh pony or something
     
    03-22-2010, 09:16 PM
  #9
Green Broke
:) http://www.sportponiesunlimited.com/...ited_Home.html
     
    03-23-2010, 09:23 AM
  #10
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by gypsygirl    
not really, he was bred specifically to do upper level eventing. There arent that many upper level pony eventers because there arent that many breeders who breed upper level ponies. He was also 1/2 tb, its not like he was a welsh pony or something
Actually he started his career with his breeder as a hunter and eventually moved to the jumpers. I heard he ended up at the o'connor's because he was too difficult for his breeder to ride and everyone was surprised to see how successful he was with eventing.

I agree with CJ. Why does everyone know who Teddy is? B/C there aren't many ponies out there who are capable of jumping what the big guys can do. Regardless of "lack of breeders" or "people don't give them a chance". Believe me, if ponies had just as much of a chance you'd see more of them out there.


***PS: he was 3/4 TB, 1/4 Shetland, 1/4 Arab.
     

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