Question for the jumpers/hunter hack
I have a 16.2h, 8yr. old Appendix Quarterhorse mare. She was started late and has been trained for Western Pleasure (been doing it about 1yr.) so it's not like it has been totally ingrained yet. People that see her say she goes very english and would look great under an english saddle. I haven't tried her yet, but was thinking I would like to eventually take her in that direction. We worked our butts off for a year and went to a big show and she had a female mental melt down. My trainer said, "sell her", and he actually loves her and talked me into buying her. I have her on regumate now and she is much better. I think part of it is she is in her prime breeding time (age) and then she definitely took after the TB side. No dissing here, I like a horse that has a little attitude (have owned both Arabs and TB's before). So, I was wondering (I will be talking this over with my trainer as well) if this fall/winter I should send her out and have some training put on her for jumping. She loves to jump! She doesn't mind height, but what she really loves in jumping far. You can see it in her eyes as she's sailing over whatever she's decided would make a good obstacle to jump.
She does all of the things a well trained horse should do. Loads, ties, bathes, clips, excellent for the farrier, quite in the trailer, blankets, crosses water, wooden bridges, opens gates, isn't cinchy, takes up the bit, does flying lead changes, has been trail ridden.
Her not good things, she's afraid of cows, can get herself distracted easily, and is clinging.
So, as a person looking to purchase a jumper, would this horse interest you and do you think it would help to open up a greater buyers market to put some jumping training on her. Here's a couple of pics (sorry no jumping pics).