Arab cross for jumping/dressage horse?
I found a nice 13 year old Arab cross for sale who has great conformation and hooves and is a great all around horse who has nice flashy gaits and has been trained to jump and has been jumped in the past and was said that he wouldn't refuse jumps. But do Arab crosses make good jumpers? I know they're not bred for the conformation of jumping horses and Arabs bone structure is a little more frail than other breeds so the impact can be hard on them, but with the horse being a cross, could he make a nice jumper?
There is NOTHING about an Arabian that is frail!!! Just bc you THINK they are lightly boned, the truth is that they can carry more weight than other breeds their size and weight.
That being said, it depends upon what the cross is. If it is TB, I say, go for it. TB's are perhaps the best jumping breed around. Arabs are the best endurance breed. X-County?
"Corporal", Arabian, (1982-2009, RIP). I bought him as a 4yo and kept him until he died of a stroke...FIGHTING!
I had an Arab/NSH cross who LOVED to jump and was quite good at it. A friend of mine has two Arabs (full brother and sister) who are rather nice hunter horses. They also are both built like tanks with tons of bone.
So, yes, Arabs (and Arab crosses) can and do make decent mounts for jumping.
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agree with corporal.i have had more issues with soundness in stock breeds than arabs. my mare is barely 15hh and 800# and she packed her previous owner(230# man), a 40# stock saddle plus rifle and full saddle bags through the rockies hunting. her legs may look slender, but she is solid, and sound, sound, sound.
I have worked with many horses that were used very hard when young, then discarded when they get older. Most of the stock breeds seemed to end up with shoulder problems, hock problems or navicular. The arabs just turned unmanageable from either being spoiled or mistreated, but almost always remained sound.
I LOVE an arab cross, my mare is in foal for an anglo arab next year:D
It probably depends mostly on the level at which you want to ride/compete. What is it crossed with? I could see the right cross being a stellar jumper, and the wrong cross being awful at it. There isn't any written rule that certain breeds are bad at any sport, and occasionally you'll get the, quarter horse for instance, that can jump like a dream. You just never know! Also I wouldn't say that all Arabs are bred light-boned, a lot of them are actually pretty sturdy.
If this horse has a proven jumping/dressage record of some kind that is at or above where you want to go, I would say definitely take a look. Be wary of how often/high they've been jumped to make sure that they haven't overworked the horse up until now. PPE is a must, especially for high-impact performance horse! Do you have any confirmation photos or video? Stats? Maybe we can give some more specific advice if those are available. :)
Just to show that purebred Arabs can jump.
And even though they look rather fine boned, they have a greater bone density. So nothing to worry about.
For the OP, I agree with the previous posters. Arabs generally don't have many soundness issues. My 28, 29 in Feb, year old mare just "went lame" for the first time evvvver about a year ago [we think she messed up her suspensory playing too hard in the pasture]. She's semi-recovered, as in she still has twinges of pain and she's still susceptible to re-injuring. [she's mostly/semi-retired now] But up until she injured herself initially, she was sound as sound can be, AT 27!!
It depends entirely on the level at which you wish to compete. You may be able to trick train some of the movements in dressage but it will be difficult for the horse to perform with the level of collection and power needed to really make a good intermediate level dressage horse.
Same with jumping.
That should be the right one.....:-)
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