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    11-10-2009, 01:05 PM
Too short?

Dallas is a 15.3h gelding and he was cleaned 3' 9" fences in good form with plenty of room to spare, he also has a very long stride. He's jumped oxers about 6ft deep and 3' 3" high. Yet a few people still insist that he's to short to jump. Ugh it's frustrating. He's out jumped horses twice his size. I think yes he's short for a horse being shown at this level of jumping but he's winning. Sure he has to work a little harder than say a 17h horse but he's doing it happily and willingly. So I was wondering what's your oppinion on shorter horses jumping?
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    11-10-2009, 01:22 PM
Green Broke
Two words - Teddy O'Connor
    11-10-2009, 01:38 PM
My thoughts exactly.

If is just short but has the confirmation and heart to jump and isn't straining himself, I don't think his size really matters.
    11-10-2009, 01:46 PM
Green Broke
I assume the people telling you this don't know much about horses? Is he a hunter? Because the Small Junior division at rated H/J shows is 3"6 for horses 16 h or shorter. If your horse can jump that well, moves well, then he's worth quite a bit. It's hard to find a competitive Small Junior for less then 6 figures.
    11-10-2009, 02:31 PM
Mine is only 15.2hh just
    11-10-2009, 05:12 PM
The size of the horse doesn't matter. It is the heart of the horse that is important!

I get real frustrated with people when they say that about smaller horses... Just because he isn't a massive 17hh horse, doesn't mean he can't jump well. There is this one horse I have seen at a show. He is only 14hh, and jumps 1,30 - 1,40m.

People must start respecting the smaller horses...why don't we all form a club? LOL ; D
    11-10-2009, 05:22 PM
When I was learning to ride at a stables when I was younger there was a 12h shetland connemara cross that could outjump any other horse there, and there were hunters there, I don't think he managed to go right to the top but this little pony could jump his heart out.
    11-10-2009, 05:40 PM
Green Broke
Theodore O'Connor, Hideaway's Erin Go Braugh, Headly Britannia.

All amazing, all under sixteen hands.

Personally, my current eventer is 15hh. She has schooled training level with ease. I wouldn't worry about it at all.
    11-10-2009, 06:05 PM
Green Broke
It makesme so angry when people look at height instead of how they ACCTUALLY jump....

Themacpack- TOTALLY secnod your post!
    11-10-2009, 07:31 PM
What about Seabiscuit? He was everything a racehorse wasn't supposed to be, but he was INCREDIBLE!

Tell everyone who tells you your horse is too short to shove it. =]

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