Dallas is a 15.3h gelding and he was cleaned 3' 9" fences in good form with plenty of room to spare, he also has a very long stride. He's jumped oxers about 6ft deep and 3' 3" high. Yet a few people still insist that he's to short to jump. Ugh it's frustrating. He's out jumped horses twice his size. I think yes he's short for a horse being shown at this level of jumping but he's winning. Sure he has to work a little harder than say a 17h horse but he's doing it happily and willingly. So I was wondering what's your oppinion on shorter horses jumping?
Two words - Teddy O'Connor
My thoughts exactly.
If is just short but has the confirmation and heart to jump and isn't straining himself, I don't think his size really matters.
I assume the people telling you this don't know much about horses? Is he a hunter? Because the Small Junior division at rated H/J shows is 3"6 for horses 16 h or shorter. If your horse can jump that well, moves well, then he's worth quite a bit. It's hard to find a competitive Small Junior for less then 6 figures.
mine is only 15.2hh just
The size of the horse doesn't matter. It is the heart of the horse that is important!
I get real frustrated with people when they say that about smaller horses... Just because he isn't a massive 17hh horse, doesn't mean he can't jump well. There is this one horse I have seen at a show. He is only 14hh, and jumps 1,30 - 1,40m.
People must start respecting the smaller horses...why don't we all form a club? LOL ; D
when i was learning to ride at a stables when i was younger there was a 12h shetland connemara cross that could outjump any other horse there, and there were hunters there, i dont think he managed to go right to the top but this little pony could jump his heart out.
Theodore O'Connor, Hideaway's Erin Go Braugh, Headly Britannia.
All amazing, all under sixteen hands.
Personally, my current eventer is 15hh. She has schooled training level with ease. I wouldn't worry about it at all.
it makesme so angry when people look at height instead of how they ACCTUALLY jump....
Themacpack- TOTALLY secnod your post!
What about Seabiscuit? He was everything a racehorse wasn't supposed to be, but he was INCREDIBLE!
Tell everyone who tells you your horse is too short to shove it. =]
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