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    10-10-2012, 08:30 PM
QH mare - Natural Talent

Hi All,

As I have mentioned in other threads I have a well bred, very athletic QH mare. I bought her with the intention of getting into competitive trail or maybe even back into reining however is a natural jumper. She jumps fences, any fences, pasture fences (when she gets bored with our training regime) set up fences, logs... whatever. I know that no one will probably believe me, but she has jumped 4.5 to 5 feet, consistently, over the same gate, in order to visit with the geldings next door. When she's done she jumps back in. I HAVE SEEN HER DO THIS SEVERAL TIMES.
That being said, she is still a Quarter Horse. I am trying to learn to jump so that Lita can pursue this natural talent, but I want to know that she is not wasted on a novice like me. Are there any recorded Quarter Horse jumpers that made it to high levels?
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    10-11-2012, 12:28 AM
I have a 15.2 paint. Teeny guy. Can do the Prix level fences. While I don't have the heart to jump him that big, my barn mate does... and she jumps him up from time to time. Sometimes the little ones have a TON of heart! Haha!
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    10-11-2012, 10:06 PM
There was a quarter horse who competed at Rolex. My QH can jump very well too.
    10-12-2012, 03:25 AM
I have a 15.1hh Paint gelding that is an awesome jumper too :)
He easily soars over 4 ft (not me yet haha)!
    10-12-2012, 02:51 PM
So, now the question becomes... Am I the one to develop this talent. I'm slowly finding my English seat (ridden Western for nearly 20 years). The thought of jumping terrifies me. Should I try to sell this mare to someone who can better develop her?
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    10-12-2012, 02:52 PM
You could always get a trainer, or hire/part lease your horse to an experienced jumper to come jump her for you if you don't want to sell.
    10-12-2012, 10:52 PM
Hmm... it's kind of a double edged sword. I would never jump my own horse up, because it terrifies me as well. If he were to wreck with me riding, he would likely never again jump as bravely as he does now. Jumping is tough... and if you're not doing it correctly, you risk not only the health and safety of you and your horse, but also the possibility of ruining a horse that would have otherwise been a brave and competitive athlete. I like Thyme's idea. Trainers or a qualified lease would be a great option.
If it were my own horse, I would take lessons on a lesson horse and only jump my own horse once I was confident in my jumping abilities.
    10-12-2012, 11:43 PM
That's neat!!
I think that if jumping interests you, and you think that maybe you would want to do it in the furture, keep her? I'm not sure. It's really a double edged sword, like what Oxer said.
    10-13-2012, 12:24 AM
Well, I just finished up with my western trainer so I have no money left for anything jumping related. But I might look into a lease of some kind... the idea of a lease is kind of scary. I get very nervous letting other people touch my horses.
    10-17-2012, 03:07 AM
Just really make sure you vet the people that are interested in trying her, would be my advice. Ask a lot of questions about their general knowledge, ask for references, etc.

If you're in Colorado I might be interested. :P

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