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    05-12-2012, 09:23 PM

Hi! I love jumping and I was just wondering what kind of horse breed is best for jumping? I was thinking about an Arabian or Gypsy Vanner. Please help me if you can. Thanks!
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    05-12-2012, 09:55 PM
Actually, neither of those breeds are much suited for jumping. Most Arabians are not known for their form over fences, and Vanners are a completely different type of horse than you'd look for in a competetive jumper. If you look at high-level horse and rider teams, you see a lot of Warmbloods and Thoroughbred crosses. At lower levels, you tend to see a lot of Thoroughbreds, Quarter Horses, Appendixes, etc.
    05-13-2012, 11:36 PM
Yep, I agree. It also depends on your experience with riding and jumping, and how far you want to go. Many TBs (definitely not all though), tend to be more hot headed, flighty, and fast- but they definitely have the athleticism and body build that is ideal for a jumper. Quarter Horses and Appys generally make good beginner jumping mounts because of their quieter attitude. Appendixes, depending on their breeding, can be a great combination of the athletic ability of a TB with the sane mind of a QH.

These are all just generalities- most horses can be taught to jump. Just depends on what kind of jumping you want to do.
    05-13-2012, 11:45 PM
I would have to say Thoroughbreds, but you have to be careful at which ones you look at, some are completely sane and others... Not so much.

Warmbloods too... Plus some quarter horses make good jumpers as well.
    05-14-2012, 03:54 PM
Thanks! Well I want to do show jumping,cross ****ry,and drassage.
    05-14-2012, 04:06 PM
Originally Posted by Twilight Sparkle    
Thanks! Well I want to do show jumping,cross ****ry,and drassage.
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    05-14-2012, 06:33 PM
Originally Posted by Samstead    
Why did * out part of country?
My guess is it was missing the "o" in that word.

So you want to event? How much experience do you have? Are you taking lessons? And are you in the market for a horse?

I think the previous posters have some great suggestions as far as breeds go. I know an Arabian that is a fabulous horse for beginners to learn jumping on. She really does her job well, she enjoys it, and she makes it enjoyable for her riders. If you're serious about competing and advancing in the sport, then start with a horse that is well-suited to your current ability, regardless of breed. As you progress, then continue investing in horses that will help you grow.
    05-14-2012, 07:18 PM
Well, I can't spell good so I think that is why. I do want to event. I am not taking lessons but I wish I were. I have a 25-26 year old gelding and he is swayback and he has a crooked canter. He was swayback when I got him, and the people who owned him before me used him a lot in packing in the mountains. I am not really in the market for a horse but I am at the same time. My mom says I am an experienced rider, I think, or it is an experienced beginner.
    05-14-2012, 09:25 PM
It sounds like you should be in the market for lots of lessons on a school horse before looking into eventing. Especially if you're looking to get a TB to do it with. Lessons are great for everyone. It doesn't matter if you're a grand prix jumper, a trainer, or a high level dressage rider. Almost all high level riders have trainers helping them and teaching them.

I have had very little success with TBs, personally, but that's just me. I am loving my Appendix QH because he's got the athleticism of a TB and the cool mind of a QH.
    05-14-2012, 09:57 PM
I agree. If you are looking for an experienced horse for jumping that can easily handle higher jumps, I would go with a Warmblood or Thoroughbred. Though, many other Light-Weight horses can be good for jumping if they are well trained.

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