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    07-31-2009, 05:54 PM
Looking for a new jumping prospect

I've done a little shopping and found this guy: DreamHorse.com Horse ID: 1408142 - Midnight War Chant I LOVE him. He's so cute and sounds nice. Im going to try talking my mom into a horsey road trip to get him, IF I decide to get him... my only problem is he's built downhill. I wanna jump 2'6" to 3' and would being built downhill effect him in any way? I know a lot of stock horses that were built downhill as youngsters but evened out as they grew, I think that's what this little guy will do... I want him for his temperment and looks... just hoping his performance will be good too...
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    07-31-2009, 08:31 PM
As a 3 year old he still has a lot of growing left to do. They can still jump just fine even if they are built downhill. It just takes a lot of balancing work to get them to learn how to use their hind end, since they naturally want to (and are built to) go on their forehand. I would definitely go see him and work him for a few days (even if it may just be on a lunge since he is so young) and get a pre-purchase (possibly just the preliminary) done. Good luck!
    07-31-2009, 09:08 PM
My trainer said his conformation isnt great for jumping. She has a warmblood colt she wants me to buy. He's gorgeous, rated premium gold when he got inspected. SO I think Ill wait till he's two and buy him... :( I kinda really wanted a horse soon...
    08-01-2009, 06:22 AM
How much experience do you have? Do you really want to start with such a youngster? Just asking, there are so many great horses for sale right now cheaply and you could get one with a little more experience, but if you are looking to train from square one then go for it but the horse you posted doesn't look like a jumper to me at all.

Good luck! I would look at a lot of horses before you decide, there are usually quite a nice horses in the Va area.
    08-01-2009, 08:58 AM
I know.. I've been riding for 11 years and I've trained two horses. (I'm 15) I'm just so sad right now because I sold my first last and only horse I've ever owned and I really want another. I also have the option of buying her four year old qh/appy (I HATE APPYS, but I like him.. he's chestnut not spotty) but I have a thing about buying four year olds (my first horse was a four year old when I bought her... :( ) so I'll have to wait a year for either one... Theres also a BEAUTIFUL saddlebred gelding I LOVE. He jumps really well.. but not what they look for in hunter/jumper shows.
    08-01-2009, 08:02 PM
I say wait for the warmblood...sounds nice...definitely what the "type" is in the hunter/jumper world these days
    08-03-2009, 10:39 AM
Chestnut appys can develop spots by the way as they age, I would say you should be looking more for a warmblood or tb/cross especially if you are looking for a horse to keep for 10 years or more. You want a horse with stamina, jumping ability and something that will give you a chance to excel in the show ring. I would really spend a lot of time on this search as you seem to be the type to really fall in love with a horse (good for you)
    08-03-2009, 10:48 AM
What about this guy? DreamHorse.com Horse ID: 1422884 - yoshi I saw him and he is not for me, but he looks too good to pass up!
    08-04-2009, 06:50 PM
Green Broke
As a 3 y/o there is a good chance he will even out and be less downhill as he gets older but there are no guarantees. Jumping (or balancing) a downhill horse does bring about challenges but it can be done and even done well depending on the rest of his build. Truthfully I'd have to agree with your trainer on this one though. Conformation wise I don't see a horse that has a lot of potential to be a particularly successful horse. I'd pass. The colt your trainer has sounds like he's going to be nice but I understand not wanting to wait that long. Could you buy a project horse, put a good year or two into him and sell him while you wait for the baby to grow up a little?
    08-05-2009, 06:38 AM
I would def keep looking there are lots of nice horses out there and especially in your area...good luck

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