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post #1 of 7 Old 08-01-2013, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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Hello all,please excuse how stupid I'm going to sound :)


I've never been interested in jumping always been a western pleasure and HUS gal.I was recently surprised with a 4 yo qh mare.Her legs are pretty darn long and when I first saw her I thought she was 2!Her stride in both the trot and canter is long.Her bloodlines are all pleasure horses but she just is too long to do any show higher in it than local. IF I decided to jump how should I prepare her?(and me)Also I am basically clueless in the jumping world so any help there would also be appreciated!

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post #2 of 7 Old 08-01-2013, 04:53 PM
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How long is long, do you have any pictures? Too long to show might mean too long to jump successfully / soundly, do you have any pictures?

Either way, especially if her conformation is less than ideal I'd wait until she's closer to five to start and in the mean time take some lessons on a seasoned jumper with a good trainer. You cannot train a horse to jump if you aren't an experienced jumper yourself.
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No I wouldn't be training her,I know an experienced trainer that would.Sadly I do not,and if I would,it'd be just some classes for beginners at the county fair
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Good to know! I would still spend the time you take waiting to have her trained to start taking some jumping lessons. There's nothing worse than learning to jump on a horse that's green to jumping, it can turn very dangerous very fast, or sour a horse very quickly.
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How long is long, do you have any pictures? Too long to show might mean too long to jump successfully / soundly, do you have any pictures?

Either way, especially if her conformation is less than ideal I'd wait until she's closer to five to start and in the mean time take some lessons on a seasoned jumper with a good trainer. You cannot train a horse to jump if you aren't an experienced jumper yourself.
Agreed.
Funny, I was talking to my DD about teaching my QH to jump. She said, "What would you do if he jumped the (new, 5' "Stallion", open and iron fencing, like you see to the left) fence?"
I said, "I'd hire a trainer and start showing him IMMEDIATELY bc he'd clean up as a show horse!"
I wouldn't jump him--TOO OLD and I'll break too easily now!! ROFL

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Thanks!That's all I needed to know ;)
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LOL Corporal, funny story. My farrier decided to sell Jackson because he started jumping the paddock fences to get in with the other horses and steal their dinner, she thought he needed to be a jumper more than a trail horse so far he's lived up to expectations and no more jumping fences...
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