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Would my horse make a good hunter/jumper?

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    11-03-2009, 11:12 AM
Green Broke
Hunters are judged off movement, jumping style, and even personality. You need to be able to go around a course as smoothly as possible. You can have a horse that jumps the moon, but that doesn't mean he's going to be suitable to be a competitive hunter. Jumpers is judged on speed and height of fences. Movement doesn't matter at all if they can jump well. Your horse is cute! But I can't say what she'd be more suitable for wihtout a video.

And just to add, I think dressage is absolutely crucial for all jumping horses but a horse that has the ideal conformation for dressage is not the same ideal for the hunters. Same as movement. A horse that's a good dressage mover is not necessarily a good mover in the hunter ring. That being said, the majority of horse should be able to do the lower levels of both.
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    11-03-2009, 03:44 PM
If you're going to use her as a US hunter, she needs to gain a minimum of 50lbs according to your pics. If she's willing to jump, have fun with it! I completely agree with the person who mentioned dressage...get your foundation down, and have fun from there. If you want to do hunt seat, spend a lot of time focusing on rhythm and keeping a good, consistent pace. See what she enjoys doing. Her confirmation probably makes her lean towards the jumpers unless she's just got a glowing gait. Hunters are ALL about appearances.

Have fun!
    11-03-2009, 04:10 PM
I don't know anything about Quarter Horses, so I have no idea if that's a good breed for jumping :)

But looking at the pics, she looks to have fairly good conformation which is a good start, although IMO she wouldn't make a good show hunter (which I assume is the sort of hunter you mean?) Any horse that can jump and is fit, sound and healthy can go hunting (as in galloping across country following hounds), whether or not she'd make a good showjumper is another story...
    11-03-2009, 05:03 PM
Green Broke
Thank you guys very much! You all are very helpful! I don't know much about dressage training..I can get her to collect and give her shoulder at any gait..idk if that means anything or not. What do you mean by 50 pounds, like where? Because even though you can't see it in the photo, she has a BELLY. Lol so I'm guessing you mean topline wise?
Would this saddle be ok for hunter? I know its a peice of crap lol my grandparents bought it for me and my grandma is an eBay "deal finder" lol.
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    11-03-2009, 06:00 PM
Originally Posted by MangoRoX87    
Would this saddle be ok for hunter? I know its a peice of crap lol my grandparents bought it for me and my grandma is an eBay "deal finder" lol.
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Looks all right to me ...
    11-03-2009, 07:32 PM
Looks alright doesn't mean it is, yeah its crap, but its what you have now so I suppose it will do, I really like your horses look and I would invest time on training her if she was my horse. You can't really tell what discipline over fences your horse will excel at until you have gotten past the basics. I've seen horses bought to be jumpers end up hunters, and hunters end up jumpers, and a few who end up in the equitation ring. It's about how they ride and their flexibilty which will answer your question, but yes I like her look, she is a cute horse who could surprise you.
    11-06-2009, 12:54 PM
The girth that comes with the saddle has to be replaced so plan on buying one separately. The bridle also might be too big, have a leather punch on hand.
    11-06-2009, 05:43 PM
Green Broke
Yeah the girth was pony sized so I bought a Wintec girth, and the bridle was really big! It was like for a draft horse I swear.
    11-07-2009, 09:12 AM
To me she looks like she could do any of the disciplines meantioned here, but you never know until you have tried them.

She is a really sweet looking horse, and if she is very willing in all the work she does, don't hold back and try jumping.
    11-07-2009, 05:32 PM
I disagree with the saddle.....i think its a nice saddle.....tell me how is it crap? It looks really nice its a little off colored but crap? No...not crap

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