Are Quarter Horses Good At Jumping

Maria Johnson
• Wednesday, 14 October, 2020
• 7 min read

Quarter horses are extremely popular, and they are one of the most common horses across the world. The ability to jump well depends more on how the horse is trained than the genetics of the breed.

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A good jumper typically needs to be 65 inches in height and Quarter horses generally fit that criterion. Most show jumpers are warm bloods but there are plenty of quarter horses as well that do really well in the best competitions all over the world.

Quarter horses unknown to have a very strong psyche and the ability to learn a lot of stuff in a short period of time. You need that horse with a strong psyche in order to get a good jumper.

The reason is that some horses will get cold feet too often and abandon the jump just before they reach the obstacle. They need to form a strong bond and have a high level of cooperation.

In order for that to happen, we need a horse with a strong psyche as well as a good rider to train it. The strong hind legs give the horse a world-class jump with lots of height and speed.

It takes a special technique and the horse needs to be flexible in order to bend the legs during the jump. It will take a lot of hard work and many hours to get that horse in shape physically as well as mentally.

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So you need a horse with a good mental and stable mind and the willingness to train. Some horse breeds are not too fond of repeating the same tasks all over again until they master the skill completely.

But with the quarter horse to have a very good starting point and a high chance of success. You as a jumper needs to be in control and the horse should learn that it must jump when you go for the obstacle at full speed.

Otherwise, you may end up injured and the horse itself can also get hurt when it decides to stop at high speed. The quarter horses have shown multiple times that they can be fearless and that they will continue when the rider leads the way.

Horses can react to colors, sounds, and new surroundings but you need to be sure that your jumper will pull through when you two set your mind on winning. As with many other things in life, there are certain thresholds a horse need to measure up to in order to become good at jumping.

We need a horse with the right physic and without any genetic disadvantages like short legs or too heavy bodies. We have covered these thresholds in the article so far, and the quarter horses certainly meet these criteria in order to become a good jumper.

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Quarter horses are typically between 56 and 65 inches tall (14-16 hands or 142-163 cm.). You probably wouldn’t want a horse that’s smaller than 65 inches (16 hands or 162 cm) tall.

When they become smaller than this they will often have a hard time jumping as high as the other bigger horses in the game. Which breed is most suitable for you depends on the level of competition as well as the type of jumping in which a rider is interested in competing.

Show jumping requires speed and agility in order to be competitive, while hunter jumpers need more grace and elegance. To compete in evening, a horse will need to know the basics of dressage, have some speed and agility, and also be strong, fearless, and bold on the open courses.

Height: 14-16 hands Country of Origin: America Characteristics: Quarter horses are known for their strength, athleticism and easy-going temperaments. It’s true that most QuarterHorses are on the small side compared to most of the breeds used for jumping, but for lower-level competition, they are a fantastic choice.

QuarterHorses have tons of strength and muscle, good for powering them over a jump despite their smaller stature. El-ka / Shutterstock.com Height: 13.2-15 hands Country of Origin: Wales Characteristics: Welsh Cobs are known for their athleticism, stamina, and friendly personalities.

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They are reliable and stylish, making them a great choice for those who are looking for a horse they can find success with when getting a start in jumping. Height: 13-15 hands Country of Origin: Ireland Characteristics: Connemara ponies are known for their strength, athleticism, and friendly personalities.

Whether for junior exhibitors or petite adults, Connemara's make stellar jumping ponies. Height: 15-17 hands Country of Origin: IrelandCharacteristics: Irish Sport Horses are known for their athleticism, agility, and good dispositions.

Though the Irish Sport Horse was originally bred for fox hunting, the breed has continued to evolve into a top-level jumper. Height: 15-17 hands tall Country of Origin: England Characteristics: Thoroughbreds are known for their speed, athleticism and agility.

The speed and agility, combined with the long legs and fair height of a thoroughbred make it a good choice for a seasoned rider just getting into the lower levels of jumping competition. A cross-country course might be a real challenge for this breed for the same reason, but this depends on the horse.

Height: 16-17 hands Country of Origin: Germany (was Prussia at the time) Characteristics: Trainers are known for their athleticism, style and stamina. The Thoroughbred and Arabian influence in their bloodlines lend plenty of speed and stamina to the breed.

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Height: 16 – 17 hands Country of Origin: Germany Characteristics: Holsteins are known for their grace, athleticism and easy-going temperaments. Along with their grace and elegance, the Holstein er is hardworking, athletic, strong, and has a gentle, easy to train nature.

Height: 15-17 hands Country of Origin: Netherlands Characteristics: Dutch Warm bloods are known for their athleticism, style and good disposition. Height: 15.2-17.3 hands Country of Origin: Germany Characteristics: Hanoverian's are known for their athleticism, grace and agility.

These beauties bring everything a serious competitor needs to the highest levels of any Three Day Event, making them one of the best horse breeds for jumping. Height: 16.1 – 17.3 hands Country of Origin: France Characteristics: Sell Français are known for their athleticism, grace, and good temperaments.

The horse breed of choice for recent French Olympic jumping teams is the Sell Français. The Sell Français is a breed built just for jumping, with the right slope to the shoulders, power in the hindquarters, stout legs, and blessed with good endurance.

The Sell Français breed is also suitable for all riders, considering they love people, they are kind and patient, and they are very willing with lots of tries. Height: 16-17 hands Country of Origin: Belgium Characteristics: Belgian Warm bloods are known for their power, athleticism, and good temperaments.

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Height: 16.2-17 hands Country of Origin: Germany Characteristics: Oldenburg's are known for their athleticism, willingness to please, and agility. The typical Oldenburg horse has a long neck, is build uphill, and shows impressive strength.

These breeds have shown a great capacity to excel in the show ring or the field of competition throughout history, however, and are usually a good bet. Jumping is a true test of a horse’s athletic ability to perform over fences.

Horses completing the course without faults return to compete in a timed “jump-off” to determine final placings. Part charisma, all heart, this $350 mare flew over jumps with the speed of a barrel racer.

I have just recently got a new horse called Dakota aka Mickie, he is a quarter horse, iv only just started jumping him about 30 cm, and he does the jumps perfect, he is 5 years old, and was broken in late, ERM I was just wondering if the average quarter horse has the ability to jump large festivals because I would like to do jumping on Mickie, than for your help There's no “average” for the HQ, they can be tall, lanky appendix, or short, muscled beyond belief halter horses.

If you post pictures it would give us a better debut yes, almost any horse can jump. I've a friend that has a 15hh oh that clears fences on a regular bases.

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My HQ is learning to jump now after doing western for all of his life, and he is doing great! I see NHS jump on a regular basis around here especially in the Hunters.

My Standard bred is jumping 2'3” but due to being trained as a harness horse he is not built for it, nor is he good at it, but he's willing. If he was trained from young to be a saddle horse, he might be able to jump a bit better.

There's a girl on YouTube I subscribe to her video's she competes her 14.2hh HQ in the jumper ring, doing like 3'6. It all depends on the horse and their build and their willingness. But if you look at their build and compare that to any high level jumpers, they are lacking.

And if trained to pace, they have a hard time doing things like cantering and jumping. But if you look at their build and compare that to any high level jumpers, they are lacking.

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