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post #1 of 9 Old 01-31-2018, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
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Needing Advice... jumping a pony over horse courses

So, I've devoted my life to my horse, he's my baby, and he is one of the most talented horses i've ever met. He's a thoroughbred/arabian/morgan and he is the perfect mix of quiet, energetic, and really athletic. We compete and train on large courses strided for large horses. He can jump the heights with ease. The problem is he is only 14.3 hands. The distances and spacing of the jumps are very large and sized for thoroughbreds and warmbloods. He has to stretch or shorten his striding. It's not a problem in dressage (obviously) or cross country, but on the show jumping course it can be difficult especially on bounces or combinations, to get safe and effective strides. For example, today we were jumping the in and out, so leading up to the first jump we got the perfect striding. In between he would put in a chip stride or do an early takeoff and clip the second jump. My trainer said I'm riding it right, but I want your opinion. Are there exercises we/I should do, or a certain way I should ride it? The problem is if he chip strides it wastes time, and makes the takeoff harder for him, and if he takes off too early, he could clip the next jump which could hurt him. He doesn't usually hit the jumps, but when he takes off early its wicked hard to ride lol. Thank you!

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I am glad your horse is doing well. Itís quite the breeding in there. Certain horses will excel in certain disciplines because they are bred for it. Like taking a TB cutting. He might do ok but not as good as a quarter horse cause he just is not built for it. My advice would be, do what your doing with him and let him have fun. He might never get the strides cause his legs are just to short. If you really want to excel grown into it and if itís what you want to do get a horse that will excel with you to the finish line. Have fun and remember itís not the horses fault. They try there hardest. Just sometimes itís not what weíre looking for!
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As long as he doesn't seem to be overexerted over the jumps and enjoys what he is doing, I don't see any problems. Life is full of setbacks and challenges in some way or another - for horse or human. And life is about overcoming them. All I would suggest to you is that never put your horse's safety or health in jeopardy for faster jump times. It doesn't sound like that is the issue, though. Just the fact you are reaching out for opinions shows you care about this horse's well being. Just have fun with it! That's what riding is all about.

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I don't have any advice, but don't let anyone tell you he can't do it because of his size
If you ever need inspiration, look at Jappeloup (ok he was 15.2 h, but still not a tall horse by all means).

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I don't have any advice, but don't let anyone tell you he can't do it because of his size
If you ever need inspiration, look at Jappeloup (ok he was 15.2 h, but still not a tall horse by all means).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJ5G49bYMT0
Aww thank you :)) And don't worry, I wouldn't give up on us

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Was not Connor a famous three day event pony?


'Theodore O'Connor (May 8, 1995 – May 28, 2008), nicknamed "Teddy," was a 14.1 3⁄4 hands (57.75 inches, 147 cm) pony (though of horse phenotype) who competed internationally at the highest level of eventing. Ridden by Olympian Karen O'Connor, he performed exceedingly well at such events as the Rolex Kentucky Three Day and the Pan American Games. His success and small stature earned him the nickname "Super Pony."[1][2]
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Probably the most famous show jumping pony was Stroller, at only 14.2 he won a silver medal at the Mexico Olympics.

At the same event Our Nobby also a pony but measured at 15 hands which, at the time horses competing eventing had to be 15 hands or over, won a gold in the eventing.

The distance between a one stride double is 21 - 24 ft. for a horse, depending on the height of the fence and ponies (14.2) 19 - 22 ft.

I have had ponies jumping open courses with little to no problems, it is a matter of keeping them balanced and on an even stride.
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Marion Mould (Coakes as she was then) and Stroller who was barely 14.2.
Ponies that jump at this level are more the exception than the rule and they're really fit and conditioned for it


At the lower levels of horse classes a decent pony will hold its own against the horses, the heights of fences in upper level pony jumping are higher than those in lower level horse jumping
The video here is a pony jumping class


If your pony has the scope and is fit enough, with training he should be able to do it

Just winging it is not a plan
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