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 :)
The thread is here. It got pretty heated. I'd read through this. Small jumps should be fine. It really depends on your horse.
Thanks for the link, Solon. I'll go re-read it, I can't remember the outcome.
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.
Yeah, Delta is definately a draft through-and-through. Even getting her to walk on can be difficult at time. :P
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.
I jump all the time with my draft horse. At my barn, they use 3 or 4 draft horses as low level eventers.
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. =]
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.
It's mini me!!!
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