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okay. so i was just wondering have u guys seen any full paint horses be succesful jumpers or eventer?? if so to what height or level?? do u think full paints make good jumpers or eventers?? asumming its one of quarter horse descendent. i know it depends on conformation, mental stability etc.. and it differs from horse to horse. but like the breed in general. I have a paint horse. hes half quarter horse, half paint. but his parents are athletic reiners and halter horses. I bought him unbroke and wanna turn him into a jumper or eventer. but does his breed and breeding give him a chance? i dont want to waste my time or possibly his health if theres no chance.

sorry for the rambling. buts that what id like to know.
 

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my 14.3 hh pinto gelding was the 4th rated novice paint horse in the country a few years ago ! to bad hes not registered....
 

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okay. so i was just wondering have u guys seen any full paint horses be succesful jumpers or eventer?? if so to what height or level?? do u think full paints make good jumpers or eventers?? asumming its one of quarter horse descendent. i know it depends on conformation, mental stability etc.. and it differs from horse to horse. but like the breed in general. I have a paint horse. hes half quarter horse, half paint. but his parents are athletic reiners and halter horses. I bought him unbroke and wanna turn him into a jumper or eventer. but does his breed and breeding give him a chance? i dont want to waste my time or possibly his health if theres no chance.

sorry for the rambling. buts that what id like to know.

It is what you make it IMO.

I have some WB that have come from awesome jumper lines...and don't jump well.
I have had some QH's that have come from amazing barrel lines, and haven't done well.

It all depends on the horse.

And especially when a colour breed is involved, don't dismiss the fact that he may be a great jumper based on his coat pattern.

My friend currently does dressage w/her black and white perch/paint cross...and he is beautiful to watch :)
 

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Breed doesn't matter as much as talent, conformation, and willingness. I showed a paint all last year in the hunters and jumpers and did quite well. He was fabulous!

Brianne Goutal (semi-grand prix rider made famous in "HorsePower- road to the maclays" series) has an amazing little paint named Mon Gamin. He is absolutely adorable and fantastic to watch! Google him, he's great!

Art Deco is a warmblood paint stallion who's sired several nice jumping paints.

They aren't as popular as other coat colors but paints are making their way up in the jumping world. Plus, with the right training most horses can do lower level jumping.
 

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I have a solid-bred paint that I event, comes from QH/ Paint lines. His grandsire is in the reining [I think] hall of fame, or pleasure... not sure, either way, his family lines are all western. He's a gorgeous mover, and talented at that. [Sometimes I feel like I'm holding him back!] He's 16.1hh, the original owners were planning to barrel race him, until he turned out 16.1hh and all leg. =] So... I'm fortunate enough to have found a gorgeous horse meant for jumping, despite not being the "typical" breeds found in eventing/jumping.
 

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I have a solid-bred paint that I event, comes from QH/ Paint lines. His grandsire is in the reining [I think] hall of fame, or pleasure... not sure, either way, his family lines are all western. He's a gorgeous mover, and talented at that. [Sometimes I feel like I'm holding him back!] He's 16.1hh, the original owners were planning to barrel race him, until he turned out 16.1hh and all leg. =] So... I'm fortunate enough to have found a gorgeous horse meant for jumping, despite not being the "typical" breeds found in eventing/jumping.

thats really interesting. my horse has sounds alot like ur horse. all legs. tall i think 16 hands and still growing. his parents are reiners the only thing is hes not solid. ...close but not exactly solid.
 

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I had a TBx Paint Mare who was 15.3 and she did better the higher I jumped her! 3'3" Jumpers was her favorite class. But it all depends on the horse. TO be an eventer you need the "balls" for cross country, the agility for jumpers, and the precision for dressage...it always requires a special horse. Just about any horse can jump...wether or not they do it well is the question. Whichever decision you go with...go fort with patience and a good attitude.

Good luck!
 

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And just to show you that breed doesn't hinder...I went to USDF (American Dressage) NATIONALS....with a PURE QUARTER HORSE. I placed fifth!!! NATIONALLY! On a quarter horse. It all depends on training.
 

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Yes, Paints, Appaloosa's, Arab's, Draft X's, Pony's, Mules, QH's, Standardbred's and the list goes on, can do Jumpers and Event.

It isn't the breed that matters, it is the conformation. And any breed of horse can do low levels just fine. It is when you get to Mid levels where Conformation starts to weed out the horses in any Equine Sport.
 

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I had a mare (probably APH/AQH) who was really a barrel horse at heart.. I used to lease and we were jumping 2'6". She was like 12, and was in moderate training.
 

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I personally do not thing training has anything to do with it. You can have a poorly conformed horse, and do all the training you can, but the horse still wont beable to do the questions asked well.

Yes, training helps, of course training helps - but it doesn't make a horse who physically cannot do it, do it.

Just beacuse 1 QH made it to Nationals in the Dressage World and placed top 5, doesn't mean any QH can do the same thing regardless of training. Just means that QH had the proper conformation to do the job it was being asked to do.

Just because an Appaloosa can do Prelim in the Eventing World, doesn't mean any Appaloosa can do Prelim in the Eventing World - just means the horse had the right build to do so.

Yes, training is a big part, so is heart - but you can have a horse with all the heart in the world and have the best training in the world - buuuuuut, if the horse isn't built right, still wont beable to do the sport you are asking it to do.
 

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I honestly feel that a few photos would help us give you a bit more advice. =]
 

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Mon Gamin, is not a paint. He's a pinto selle francais. I'm quite irritated that people keep thinking he's an APHA Paint Horse just because he's colored and short.

My APHA boy free jumped three feet, no problem, a couple of years ago and I think he could go higher - but he's got a lot of thoroughbred influence just off his papers. The fact that he likes jumping just gives him an edge to keep doing it, and he loves a challenge.. He'll actually just plow through and trot over cross rails once you've gone over them a few times. 8\

APHA offers the Paint Alternative Competition program, where you can earn points through different associations (barrels, USDF, USEF,etc).
 

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I honestly feel that a few photos would help us give you a bit more advice. =]
here are some that are kinda good.

best butt shot i cud get.


these arnt very good. but heres the jist.











ill try to get around to getting better ones. but for now. my camera is broken.
 

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he will be perfectly suitable for lower level eventing. Give it a try!
 

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Paint is a "color" not a breed. Kinda like grey or roan,has nothing to do with the breeding,just the skin. Wish I could attach photos,have one of a paint that has every conformation fault in the world! But it is a pretty color and someone loves it. It is clean,fat and has a new halter..
 
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