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post #11 of 14 Old 01-01-2015, 11:37 PM
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It depends on what level you want to do. For entrance level type things I think most horses of most heights and breeds could easily compete.

Obviously at higher level talent becomes more of a factor but I don't see why, as long as your horse seems okay with it, you couldn't do it. Especially in pony club I saw lots of little horses competing.

I knew this one 14.1hh pony, I think he was qh or qhx and got quite competitive in eventing. Was jumping over 4ft, excellent at dressage. When his owner stopped riding he was leased out to kids and was an A grade, competitive pony club horse right into his 20s.
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post #12 of 14 Old 01-01-2015, 11:40 PM
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My 15 hand, very stocky (read:fat) QH mare loved to jump. She has been retired from it already (she's only 8), since a bout with cellulitis damaged the tissues in her leg enough that the vet recommended a less demanding occupation for her. She was leased to me last year, and has been a very healthy, fairly sound trail horse. Any lameness was from stone bruises or a fall. However, before her illness, she was jumping three feet pretty regularly. Even now, if I ride her past a jump, she tries to take me to it. She loved to jump. On the trails, given an excuse, she'll jump anything. Heart and desire will go far in overcoming physical limitations. Just be sure your horses are fit enough for what you ask.
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post #13 of 14 Old 01-01-2015, 11:42 PM
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post #14 of 14 Old 01-02-2015, 03:58 AM
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Way back in my early teens I rode a QH in Pony Club events and show jumping.
Sancho was the firstt QH to be imported to the UK. He was 14.2 and from a yearling hard to keep in any field because he would jump out.

He loved jumping and if turned out in the field with the cross country jumping lane, could be seen popping up and down the lane just for the fun of it.

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