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azarni 07-02-2009 10:24 PM

Jumping full drafts
I know this issue has been discussed before, but I can't seem to find where.

Anyways, I am officially going to be the owner of Delta, a 12-year-old registered Percheron mare! Whoop whoop! She's super-sweet, but very green, especially for her age.

Aaanyways, I was just having some fun, walking around on her bareback today in the arena, and she happily walked over some groundpoles with no hesitation whatsoever.

I've always had a small interest in jumping. Never to be a grand-prix competitor or anything, but to able to pop over small jumps (always under 3' ... I'm a huge chicken) is very appealing to me, especially if the horse enjoys it too.

Would it be okay to do small jumps with a full draft? Whenever I mention it at my barn, I get the weirdest looks, and somebody even mentioned that it wouldn't be "right", beacuse drafts aren't phsyically built for it.

Thanks in advance :)

Solon 07-02-2009 10:26 PM

The thread is here. It got pretty heated. I'd read through this. Small jumps should be fine. It really depends on your horse.

azarni 07-02-2009 10:28 PM

Thanks for the link, Solon. I'll go re-read it, I can't remember the outcome.

barefoot 07-02-2009 10:29 PM

I used to show a Percheron mare who is a total cutie.

And I've jumped plenty of drafts.. I don't see why not? I've never done over 2'6 or 2'9 with them but still.
GRANTED, I think most of them were crosses, but I could be wrong. There was one draft named Sherman at the barn I used to ride at, and I remember everyone disliked jumping him because - well, he was built like a draft and moved like a draft. Slowly and with way too much effort.

azarni 07-02-2009 10:58 PM

Thanks, barefoot.
Yeah, Delta is definately a draft through-and-through. Even getting her to walk on can be difficult at time. :P

Jessabel 07-03-2009 09:37 PM

I don't see anything wrong with jumping drafts, as long as the jumps aren't too high. I'm hoping to make my American Cream into a schooling level hunter.

drafteventer 07-06-2009 01:05 PM

I jump all the time with my draft horse. At my barn, they use 3 or 4 draft horses as low level eventers.

Tennessee 07-06-2009 01:09 PM

We leased a Belgian once that happily leaped over 2 feet+. BUT, that was over a log .on a trail ride Haha.

I am sure that small jumps(maybe even some big ones) would be ok.

And drafts are already huge, so you will really feel like you are flying. =]

Nutty Saddler 07-06-2009 01:11 PM

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Our Highland, Dora, will jump 1.2m with ease - she actually enjoys jumping , the only time she gets a fence down is when it's too small !

Here she is with our mini Rio grande.
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Solon 07-06-2009 01:28 PM

It's mini me!!!

How cute!

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