In my mind Andalusian and stubborn don't even go in the same sentence. Now I'm definitely going to start jumping on my half Andalusian mare after she comes, which earlier I wasn't so sure to do.
On topic: there is no reason why ANY horse can't be taught how to jump. It's whether they are any good at it (based on the horse's conformation and enjoyment of the sport) which is the determining factor.
She tries so hard and if she's lucky she can get her butt up to wither level. Unless they're of a more modern “sporty” build, I would think they would have trouble having a decent jumping career.
My friend's mare can't buck to save her life. She tries so hard and if she's lucky she can get her butt up to wither level.
Unless they're of a more modern “sporty” build, I would think they would have trouble having a decent jumping career. I've never heard anyone correlate ability to buck with jumping.
When you're jumping surely you want the horse to get their withers higher than their butt, not vice versa? :shock: I guess when they're landing the butt IS higher, but I'd say that's an inevitable consequence of the parabola the horse describes in the air.
This athletic breed is fast and can extend and collect, making the Andalusian suitable for showjumping and dressage events. They’re fascinating to watch in motion with their long, thick manes and tails flowing.
Its beautiful, convex profile and arched neck make it one of the world’s most desirable riding horses. The Andalusian horse was initially bred with strong hindquarters to bear more weight on the rear.
Through centuries of selective breeding, the Andalusian horse has developed exception athleticism and stamina. They quickly learn complicated movements such as turning on their haunches and advanced collection.
The Andalusian Horses aren’t short on speed, as their long neck gives them excellent athleticism and stamina. The Andalusian's have well-defined withers, a massive chest, a straight profile, and a long broad neck.
Because of their exceptional endurance and agility, you’ll find them in both obstacle shows and racing events. In the 18th century, the Andalusian Horses could gallop four to five leagues, without changing pace for 12 to 15 miles.
Andalusian horses’ movement is elevated, extended, harmonious, and cadenced, with forward motion and a balance on turns. The physical attributes of the Andalusian horse contribute to their excellent performance in dressage events.
They find higher movements like passage and giraffe easy because they are compact, yet nimble. From the very beginning, the Andalusian horses have been widely used for driving and riding, and they are among the first breeds to be brought into classical dressage.
Cooperation and desire give you an edge and helps win dressage competitions. The Pure Spanish Horse is said to have a zealous spirit, and thus, you can be confident that it will offer you its best performance throughout its competition.
It's these traits you can’t see in the conformation of the animal that make Andalusian horses so special. By building a deep connection between you and your Andalusian horse you will ensure a special and long-lasting bond that will go beyond the show ring.
Because they are very intelligent you don’t have to put in a lot of time and effort teaching them basic routines. And once they’ve learned a move, you can count on them remember it, because they have superior memories and will never forget what you taught them.
Because of their looks, intelligence, and temperament you’ll find Andalusian horses used in many movies. Even with the scattering successes of some Andalusian horses, they aren’t well respected for their showjumping ability.
Many European breeders are breeding the Andalusian horse for competitions and showjumping as they’re good jumpers. The Andalusian breed has a natural gift of collected movements and is a very user-friendly horse.
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