Qualities in jumper conformation.
I have an 8 year old quarter horse mare I bought her in February.
I haven't quite determined what discipline she would be well suited for I think she come from barrel racing lines..
I was just wondering does she have any conformation qualities that would suggest she would be a good jumper or any that would suggest that she's not built for it.
I have a history that includes both English and western riding and I'd like her to be my all around horse.
What do you think?
Sorry she is sleeping in this photo it was hot out this morning :)
Here is another picture I took of her a few days ago but it was before the farrier was in on Friday..
I think it depends what level and discipline of jumping you're looking for. Her build wouldn't suggest she'll be a top Hunter or a GP jumper, but I don't see anything about her build that would stop you and her from being happy over smaller courses. She doesn't have a typical hunter "look", but her form over fences and movement would be the most important factor in telling if she could be successful in the hunter ring at any level. Her scope, natural proclivity towards being careful and handiness would be the important factors in determining her success in the jumper ring.
The things I like her about her build for a sport horse are that she looks reasonably level in these photos - she's not built too downhill. Her pasterns have a sufficient slope to them and, although are on the shorter side, do not appear to be excessively short. In the second picture more than the first, she appears to be a little over at the knee, but her legs appear clean nonetheless. The less-than-deal things for a jumping horse are that her shoulder angle is a little bit more closed and the point of shoulder is a little lower than I'd like to see on a sport horse. Her neck is set a little low, and I prefer a sport horse to have a less sharply sloped pelvis and a lower set stifle.
To really assess a horse's talent for any jumping discipline, one would need to see how the horse moves and how the horse deals with jumps - even small ones. Conformation can tell you about likely attributes and skills, but a still picture can never give all the information you need to assess a horse's abilities. Good luck with your horse!
She's fairly balanced compared to some QH's, I like her shoulder, she should be able to get her knees up and square without much trouble. Her neck and front end is pretty heavy which is typical, but she's not downhill so she should be able to manage just fine. I like her hind end, her pelvis isn't super upright and that is a good thing in my books, I like her stifle placement as well.
I think is super cute and looks very sweet, and I don't see any reason why she wouldn't be able to do any sort over lower level stuff that you want to do, english or western. I know lots of quarter horses that do english, eventing, dressage, and show jumping and do great! Most of those horses are never going to do the 4 foot jumpers or anything like that, but they are smart, willing, and laid back, and try very hard no matter what you ask, which makes them great lower level partners:-)
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