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    12-22-2012, 11:04 PM
Too heavy to jump?

Hello :)
Basically I want some advice on my horse baloo. He's 6 ans he's barely ever been jumped, and I'd really like to do some because I believe variation is the key to success :)
However, he's very... Big. And heavy. However that could just be me because my other horse is an akhal teke :p

I can't upload pictures right now, but here's his introductory thread:

I don't want to do anything enormous- maybe 60/80 cm and cavaletti for strength.
Thank you :)
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    12-22-2012, 11:06 PM
Too heavy to jump?

Me & Shasta
Yes, she's a Full Clydesdale

    12-22-2012, 11:27 PM
I see from your other thread that he's a Dutch Warmblood.

Any horse can jump, and any horse will potentially injure himself if he's not fit and trained for jumping.

Absolutely he will be capable of doing some powerful jumping - he's bred to be a powerhouse! But you must work with your instructor so that both you and he progress at a sensible speed. He must learn the basic techniques of jumping, he must build up strength gradually, and you must exercise caution with regard to height and frequency of jumping.

So long as you follow these guidelines then you and he should enjoy yourselves
    12-22-2012, 11:40 PM
My Czech Warmblood was 17.3 and about 1300 pounds. He was sold to me as a meter forty horse. I never jumped him that big. But he could jump you right out of the tack if you weren't careful. Hahaha!
The big boys can get the job done if they have the heart and the talent for it.
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    12-23-2012, 10:08 AM
Granted he will have a thorough and careful introduction to jumping, always with an instructor so I don't do anything stupid
I just worry about the toll it will take on his joints, because he's so big. But then again, his joints should be built to support that, right?
He would only jump once every 2-3 weeks though.. Im so paranoid o.o
    12-23-2012, 10:22 AM
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These horse have been bred for jumping and dressage so I don't see why it should be a problem for him - some of the current top jumpers are this breed - they are built for power
Same with any horse - they must be fit for what you want them to do, bring him on slowly with cavalettis and grid work and move on from there
Warmbloods in general are known for being prone to OCD - whether its genetic, diet related, management or whatever so if you have any concerns at all then spend the money and have some X rays done.
He's a lovely horse.
    12-23-2012, 12:21 PM
Any horse can jump, its just a matter of you being responsible to understand how high, and for how long can you jump that particular horse. I just recently sold my big baby - a full Clydesdale. We learned together how to jump, couldn't ask for a better partner. When we were showing heavily for 2 years, we kept him at his jumping weight of 1700 lbs, he was jumping up to 3'0. We could have jumped him higher - as he often did so just on his own. But I also knew that wasn't fair to his long term health. So when I wanted to go higher I ended up retiring him and buying a young thing. My clyde has now been sold to a wonderful young girl who also wants to learn to jump. Retirement didn't sit well with him. But now that he's teaching his rider how to ride and jump, he is extremely happy. But again she also knows as does our coach what his maximum is.

Your horse will tell you with what he's happy with and doing - good luck!

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    12-23-2012, 01:28 PM
HOLY COW he is PRETTY!!! My husband would SHOOOOOTT me if I ever brought anything home that big. LoL Our biggest is a 16.1 hh app which is too big for what we like to do. But gee monee!! 17.3hh my short butt would never be able to get up there.
    12-27-2012, 12:05 PM
It looks like my post got edited, all I posted was the link to show the OP that big horses could jump. Guess I should have added some text to that. Just want to clarify, that is not me, and not my horse.
    12-27-2012, 02:20 PM
Any horse can jump, if there heart is in it then go for it! I never rode any horse that was real big but I have seen them being jumped and its totallypossible :)

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