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post #1 of 16 Old 07-13-2014, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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Would you jump this horse?

Would you, or would you not, jump her? And why? Are her legs scary? Weak back?

(Sorry if the photos aren't perfect! I do my best when the horse is at liberty. I know the hind shot she had her foot propped!)

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Name: Molly
Breed: Who knows! (Feel free to take a guess!)
Age: 8?
Height: 15.2-16hh. I've never sticked her. This is a guestimate based on our pony who sticked at 13.2
Training: Was once a driving horse (which is why BO bought her, but he's never drove her). I rode her all last fall. Her transitions are awful and she likes to run through all signals. I'll be treating her as an unbroke horse and restarting her.
She's a lovely mover, but god help you if you want her to move like that under saddle. The only time I've ever had her become fully co-operative and forward moving is when I jumped her (just 18"). Hence the question. She can be a right witch when she wants to be so I was all for BO selling her on. Turns out that she loves what I love and I have infinite free lease on her.

Hopefully with training she'll turn out to be just what I need. In the next few days we hope to pop her (free jumping) over a few decent sized fences just to get and idea of scope. If she drops her knees or is just scary over all, I will abandon all dreams of making a jumper out of her.
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Since apparently my photos aren't working as attachments:

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I realize I was in a rambling mood last night. My question really is this: will this horse fall apart if I use her for jumping?
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post #4 of 16 Old 07-14-2014, 08:48 AM
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Have you ever tried? I think her hooves need to be trimmed. When I first wanted to jump my horse, I wasn't for sure how she would hold up either. Although my horse is older. I set up a course for her to jump by herself, no saddle just a halter. I think any horse can jump as long as you take care of him/her. I would also ask your vet to do a check up to make sure he/she is healthy. It wont hurt to try just take it easy.
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She's a bit tied in at the knee and may be slightly back at the knee, which will diminish her ability to stand up to jumping, but IMHO, it shouldn't bother her too much if you keep the jumps small and don't overwork her on them. I'd also want to use some really good support boots.

She's a cutie .

ETA: I agree that she could use a hoof trim. Working her hard with her toes as long as they are will put added stress on her tendons and joints.

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I have once or twice, just 18" though. We want to set up a free jumping course soon. She jumps all the time out in the pasture.

I know her feet need done. These pictures were actually just after BO bought her.
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She is definitely cute! Good luck!

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post #8 of 16 Old 07-14-2014, 03:03 PM
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Why not try it??? If it were me I would do it under guidance of a trainer, start with ground poles, etc. Have fun!!
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Start her off on the lunge over ground poles and then add a small jump to it - if she can cope with it OK then try riding her over it. Build her up slowly with grid work to help her get more supple and athletic
As long as she's sound then I see no reason why not
Get her feet sorted out and put some boots on her for support and protection - maybe some bell boots as well just in case
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she is also a bit cowhocked, but I don't know if that means anything as to jumping ability/longevity. if the heart is there, conformation isn't as critical . besides, what else will she do, if she is such a witch under saddle. drive?
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