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post #1 of 14 Old 12-31-2014, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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Could my hobbit of a horse successfully compete in cross country?

I recently got three new horses, all of whom are very short. They're the typical ranch raised quarter horses, and the one who I would like to compete with the most, Holly, is the typical short legged fat big headed stocky cowboy's quarter horse. She towers above me at an incredible 14 hh (at least I hope that's how tall she is), she's built very wide, and has incredibly muscular hind quarters with her back legs being mildly longer than her front. I'm seriously thinking about getting into english riding and while she'd be an incredible barrels or poles horse, which I'll probably have to compete in the most, a lifelong dream of mine has been to compete cross country. I'm 160 pounds and 5'5", so I'm sure that that my weight combined with her height, we'll probably get through the course by barreling through all the obstacles, or perhaps digging a tunnel underneath it, if the rules are lax.

I don't know if she would even be able to get over the jumps with her short little wiener dog legs. I've seen Theodore O'Connor, but he was a nimble Thoroughbred, not a big musclebound quarter horse. Do any of you have success stories in cross country with any hobbit horses? Any links that might help me? Or am I probably best trying to get some good times in a western saddle?

Thanks! I may be able to provide some conformation pictures tomorrow, but all that would provide you with would be her puffy baby carrot legs, bless her soul.
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Hopefully this is in the right forum oops sorry new to this whole forum thing too.
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A lot of it depends on the horse's interest and talent at jumping. A good friend of mine competes very successfully at Preliminary level with her Morgan that's probably 14.2 or 14.3 (definitely smaller them my horse who is just shy of 15hh) My horse could certainly do beginner novice, and my avatar is us doing Intro last year.

Have you done any jumping at all with this horse yet to see how she takes to it?

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It's not how small they are, it is how big a heart they have and how much they love what they are doing.

I've known ponies, both small and large, who evented...some to pretty high levels, even advanced.






If shetland ponies can do it and your ponies are decently conformed and like the job, AND you have a decent coach....no way you can't do it, IMO.
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I agree with Verona - it's all about how much she likes jumping.
But it could be done, I think.

I once knew a mare who was the sassiest, shortest AND fattest, most attitude-filled, little pony I have ever met...and she was also the best jumper I have ever had the luck of laying eyes on.
We never really tested her out because her conformation wasn't suitable for jumping [severely back at the knee] and she was a trail string horse [so on loan to us for the purpose of trail riding...not jumping]. But boy, was she ever phenomenal at jumping.
She regularly hopped 5ft tall metal corral panels with ease, and she was awesome [or terrifying...depending on how much you liked jumping] at blazing trails because she would blindly jump into/over seeming impenetrable brush. The first time we took her out to blaze trails [before we knew she would do this jumping-thing], she was in the lead, unexplainedly stopped for a minute, then, before any of us knew what was happening, she had flown through the air -over a previously hidden 4ft tall stump of a giant fallen tree- and landed safely on the other side. From a standstill.
It was incredible.
The other horses casually picked their way around the stump.

She was barely 13.2h on a tall day. She was so so cool, I miss her. haha


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I had a little Quarter Horse x Arab mare who was all QH except for her petite head and vertical tail (lol) and she was a superb jumper. She wasn't into jumping which was a shame because I rattled her feed bin to get her to come up to the gate one day and she flew around the corner and leaped over the 4 ft gate without breaking a sweat. You can always give it go!
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A lot of it depends on the horse's interest and talent at jumping. A good friend of mine competes very successfully at Preliminary level with her Morgan that's probably 14.2 or 14.3 (definitely smaller them my horse who is just shy of 15hh) My horse could certainly do beginner novice, and my avatar is us doing Intro last year.

Have you done any jumping at all with this horse yet to see how she takes to it?
No, I haven't, and I suppose I should try that before I start getting too ambitious. Hopefully I can start testing her out when this weather warms up (-10 Farhenheit here at the moment). I've never jumped before (well... I mean there's always those incidents but I don't think those count :/ ) so I suppose as long as I get a good trainer and some nice advice I might lease a horse if Holly ends up disliking it.

I'm hoping that she may do well in other areas in english if she's not into jumping, but I'm just not that well versed in determining that (I've always loved dressage too.) I just want something to do in an english saddle with these fuzzball ponies we recently bought.
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I agree with Verona - it's all about how much she likes jumping.
But it could be done, I think.

I once knew a mare who was the sassiest, shortest AND fattest, most attitude-filled, little pony I have ever met...and she was also the best jumper I have ever had the luck of laying eyes on.
We never really tested her out because her conformation wasn't suitable for jumping [severely back at the knee] and she was a trail string horse [so on loan to us for the purpose of trail riding...not jumping]. But boy, was she ever phenomenal at jumping.
She regularly hopped 5ft tall metal corral panels with ease, and she was awesome [or terrifying...depending on how much you liked jumping] at blazing trails because she would blindly jump into/over seeming impenetrable brush. The first time we took her out to blaze trails [before we knew she would do this jumping-thing], she was in the lead, unexplainedly stopped for a minute, then, before any of us knew what was happening, she had flown through the air -over a previously hidden 4ft tall stump of a giant fallen tree- and landed safely on the other side. From a standstill.
It was incredible.
The other horses casually picked their way around the stump.

She was barely 13.2h on a tall day. She was so so cool, I miss her. haha

This is oddly inspiring
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post #9 of 14 Old 01-01-2015, 08:45 AM
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I have no experience with cross-country, but just want to say that if you go for it, you'll have to start a journal here to track your progress. From your initial posts, I have a feeling you'd be a very entertaining storyteller :)

And now we must see pictures of your horse!!
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post #10 of 14 Old 01-01-2015, 08:39 PM
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I didn't think my 14.2hh mustang would be a jumper. We started on ground poles, then small logs on the trail & worked up to 3' jumps at hunter paces! He loved it. (I know this because he'd pull me toward a jump any time he saw one.) It's very true that it's not the size of the horse, but the size of his heart.
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