All right, I admit it is a stupid sounding question, but it's been bugging me When does a "horse that can jump" qualify as a genuine "jumper"? What is the skill/training level?
I apologize if it's a stupid question...and thanks for replies!
I disagree. Theres a lot of people who pleasure jump and use the same training as those who show. I classify a jumper, as a horse who can jump a course clean and correctly with clean lead changes and a adjustable stride. Wether shown or not.
Like me for instance, I've got a whole acre I have a huge jump course set up on that I use.. I don't show. My big mare who jumps 5 ft is ALSMOST able to be classified as a 'jumper' as her lead issue is still prevelent ( not for training issue, she's got a old bow that dosent allow that lead 90% of the time b/c it bothers her on turns) and she still needs work on her stride changing but its comming along. My other mares started over xrails b/c she's still finishing the basics of w/t/c and lengthening/shortening strides. I put her over xrails to 'pick her feet up' and ofcourse caveletties. Everyones opinion is different but I don't think its fair that you have to have shown to be classified that way.
Hunter - A horse who has good form, a slow pace, and well-mannered. In a hunter class it is judged on style, smoothness, and is an easier course.
Equitation - A horse who is handy, and preferably stylish. This class, however, is judged on the rider and how well they execute the course. Usually a bit harder course than a Hunter round
Jumpers - A jumper is a horse who has speed, very handy, usually higher energy. The course is judged strictly on speed and faults.
Now, a horse who jumps isnt to be called anything. Its just how experienced it is. A horse is just starting would be considered green over fences, a horse who is very experienced you would just say the height they are coursing. So it would be a good 3' horse, or a good 2' horse.