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post #1 of 4 Old 09-29-2011, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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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).
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post #2 of 4 Old 10-01-2011, 09:51 PM
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If she loves to jump, I say do it! Your two choices are 1: Send her off to a hunter/jumper trainer or 2: You can take up lessons with a hunter/jumper trainer. If you are an experienced rider enough, you both could learn a lot. Horses can teach us just as much as our trainers can!
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post #3 of 4 Old 10-02-2011, 07:27 PM
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If I saw her ad I would want to see a video to know that she doesn't go around like a western pleasure horse (she can step out) and I'd want to know that she jumps well enough to do it as a primary discipline. There are too many ads out there with people who do a bit of everything and not enough jumping to be advertising their horses as a "jumper". So if that's what you want to market her as I would suggest getting some good training in there. I ride mainly hunters so her height is great, the fact that she has a lead change is SUPER, but I'd also want to know how she moved. Movement is a big deal for a hunter! SHe's cute though! I think she'd look great under an english saddle! :)
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post #4 of 4 Old 10-03-2011, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies. I will definitely put up videos of her doing both disciplines when the time comes.

I don't think we'll have a problem with her "stepping out", my trainer is always yelling at me to slow down!!! I feel like we are going slow, rode English most of my riding life, so when I think she is going slow, I figure we are a few notches below a posting trot, not!! I haven't gotten the trotting and barley moving forward thing yet. And when I have her "loping" it feels so much more rythmic at the canter. I'm like we are going slow!

I just picked her up from the trainers and she has the pleasure jog and lope down pat. I'm afraid to ride her, I feel like I might break her. I feel like I'll have her back at her English paces before I take her out for our refresher lesson and then the yelling will really begin.

Well I'll talk it over with my trainer and see if he agrees that we should give her some cross training. If he's on board, then I will send her out for a few months to a jumping trainer (she actually started my 3yr. old - not jumping, just under saddle) and will post pics when the time comes.

Thanks again.
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