Maybe you’ve been taking riding instruction for a while on a horse that makes you feel safe and are wondering whether you’ll be able to learn how to jump with him in the future? This is the equine which helped you learn to ride a horse, and you don’t want to switch animals for your jumping lessons.
Good Jumping Breeds
Theoretically all horses are able to jump, but some are better at it than others and bred especially for the job. The German warmbloods are a great example of versatile horses able to perform dressage and jump well.
Irish Draft horses are another great jumping breed, often crossed with Thoroughbreds to produce lighter and more agile mounts for dressage and jumping.
Back to Your Beginner Horse
However, if you want to take jumping instruction on the horse you’ve learn to ride on, it doesn’t matter if he’s not able to jump high, as long as he’s had sufficient training to teach you the basics.
Even a horse with natural jumping ability needs to be trained properly under saddle. Having a rider on his back completely changes a horse’s balance and he needs to relearn how to jump with this unfamiliar burden.
Your Horse’s Jumping Experience
Chances are you’ve learned horseback riding on a school master, which is a big plus. So find out from your instructor what jumping experience your ‘comfort zone’ horse has had.
Once he’s taught you the basics of jumping, it won’t matter if he can’t jump higher: he’ll have given you the tools and the confidence to move onto another horse that can.
Since a general rule of thumb is that a horse should be able to jump approximately three feet, you should have no worries. Your current horse will be able to take care of your jumping requirements for a long time before you need to switch.