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post #1 of 9 Old 05-14-2014, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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What would you do?

Hey guys so i'm caught up in kind of a difficult situation.

I have my horse T who is a 4 year old paint. Due to his conformation we, (as in me, my trainer and some other horse educated friends) do not think that he will just higher than 2'6", because he's really downhill. I want to jump and show around 3'.

But my trainer is trying to sell a warmblood mare, who's 11 years old and has jumped grand prix height before. She really needs to sell her and said she'd lower her price if she sold her to me.

I can't keep two horses. board is too expensive.

and idk what to do because the warmblood is a really good horse, but i love T so much. And I really want to move up in riding. Any ideas?
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If he truthfully can't do what you want, find him an excellent home and get a horse that better suites your needs. Life's too short if your ambitions are higher. Putting money into a horse that is "so-so" when you want "more" will leaving you constantly wondering if you made the right choice.

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post #3 of 9 Old 05-14-2014, 07:52 PM
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If he truthfully can't do what you want, find him an excellent home and get a horse that better suites your needs. Life's too short if your ambitions are higher. Putting money into a horse that is "so-so" when you want "more" will leaving you constantly wondering if you made the right choice.
Agreed. I made the decision with both my mares that neither was going to do what I wanted. After while I was holding onto them "just because" & it didn't make sense. Yes I loved them, I'd had them for ages, but they couldn't do what I wanted to & it wasn't fair to ask them to do something they didn't like. My Arabian now has a wonderful home with an owner who she gets along famously with - they were almost made for each other LOL. My QH found a teenaged girl who she seems to be doing well with too. It's tough. It really is. I never wanted to sell my QH but had to admit she just wasn't the right horse for me. When I found a horse that IS - it felt wonderful. So if you like the mare & get along with her, try it.
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post #4 of 9 Old 05-14-2014, 11:06 PM
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What if you buy the warmblood and full lease out your other horse?
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post #5 of 9 Old 05-15-2014, 06:37 AM
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Load of rubbish that a downhill horse cannot jump 3'!

That height is not more than a schooling jump.

As a teen long time ago, I competed in the UK on a 14.2 QH who was bigger behind than in front and always wanted to be on the forehand. He competed in jnr opens, starting at 4' and thought nothing of it.

Until you try him you will not know and you have been set up to fail because the trainer says "He can't!"
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I dont know alot about jumping (i should because my aunt was a 3 day eventer) but i found a cuple vids of some downhill junk in the trunk QH jumping and over 3'.



This last one is VERY bum high
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post #7 of 9 Old 05-15-2014, 12:09 PM
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Ill ad this one. If THIS horse can jump that high, i dont see why your horse cant :)

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post #8 of 9 Old 05-15-2014, 12:12 PM
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^^But free jumping isn't the same as jumping a controlled course with a rider.

Anyway, I actually agree with everyone that has posted.

First, since you already have him and know him, give him a chance. Conformation is important but heart is more important. A horse who enjoys their job can overcome shortcomings in their conformation and be successful at a given discipline. How high have you jumped him? Did he seem to struggle with that height?

When I was younger and much dumber (dumber because I did it all wrong), I used to jump my QH, who had less than ideal conformation. He had no problem at all clearing 4'+ with a rider.


Also, he's only 4. Some stock horses will continue to grow in height until they are over 5 years old. He may yet even out some.

However, if it does become apparent that he truly can't do what you want to do, don't feel bad about finding him a good home that his talents are more suited to and buying a different horse that can take you where you want to go.
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Load of rubbish that a downhill horse cannot jump 3'!

That height is not more than a schooling jump.

As a teen long time ago, I competed in the UK on a 14.2 QH who was bigger behind than in front and always wanted to be on the forehand. He competed in jnr opens, starting at 4' and thought nothing of it.

Until you try him you will not know and you have been set up to fail because the trainer says "He can't!"
Yep, you're whipped before you ever got started. Can't never could do nothing...

Maybe you should read the story of the little train that could.

Never under estimate the power of positive thinking...
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