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jillybean19 01-04-2013 09:22 AM

Can he jump?
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This is strictly a conformational question at this point - I'm not at a point where I'm ready to start jumping and, when I do get to that point, i'll be working with a trainer. However, my horse is slightly buck-kneed and I've been told by some people that I shouldn't jump him because it wouldn't be good for him with those knees. Other people have told me it isn't an issue. What do you think?

Fulford15 01-04-2013 11:18 AM

I don't think it's an issue.. his legs look pretty sturdy for jumping IMO.

blue eyed pony 01-04-2013 11:29 AM

What Fulford said.

I like him a lot. He's a teeny bit downhill which might limit his scope but otherwise, I love him. Also, are his feet a bit long in the toe? That can exacerbate or even cause the appearance of buck knees just from the strain it puts on the tendons - a horse might stand with its knees slightly bent to relieve the pressure.

jillybean19 01-04-2013 11:58 AM

Lol he's not quite on even ground and was due for a trim, but this is one of those rare pictures I get of him that'll give people a pretty good idea of what he's like. I'll post another pic when I get home
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blue eyed pony 01-04-2013 12:13 PM

He's purebred Arab right? One of what feels like not all that many that are actually structurally useful for something... too many show-ring bred Arabs have that awful hind end that really isn't much good for anything, and doesn't even look good until they're parked out.

He's a wee bit short through the hip too, I just realized, which might again limit his scope, but I can't see any reason why he couldn't do low-level jumping.

My gelding's a pretty decent jumper and much worse put-together, by the by, so it really does depend on the horse.

jillybean19 01-04-2013 12:57 PM

Yeah, he's Egyptian and crabbet. excellent endurance and trail horse, so I don't mind if that's all he ever does, but I didn't want to ask him to do something that I shouldn't. The last that bred him actually does western pleasure with his sire and is moving toward quarter horses now, so I don't think she is in it for the pretty halter horses.

I'd only be doing low level stuff btw
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blue eyed pony 01-04-2013 01:37 PM

Well he can easy do what you want him for! [btw, I love Crabbets, they are my favourite strain]

jumanji321 01-04-2013 01:56 PM

Pretty much anything can do low-level jumping. :) As long as you give him a good start he should be a lovely little jumper. A few jumps won't hurt him just to try it. If he doesn't like it, then no harm done.

DraftyAiresMum 01-04-2013 02:01 PM

I love him. I think he'll make a cute little jumper, if he enjoys it.
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Fulford15 01-04-2013 03:08 PM

He's a cutie thats for sure! I would love to see him in the Jumper ring.

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