31 years and holding

Who said that Thoroughbreds can’t jump? If you look at the jumper ring today, most of the horses you’ll see are warmbloods. When I was growing up, almost all the jumpers were Thoroughbreds. It just so happens that the horse that set inside Puissance record (back in 1983) was Sweet ‘n Low, a 17.1 hand […]

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Barbury Horse Trials Puissance

Here’s an interesting twist on a Puissance class. Rather than jumping a wall, the horses are jumping a triple bar. It’s not as imposing as a wall, but it sure is high.

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Does this chick have superglue on her breeches?

I can’t imagine jumping a 6′ fence. Jumping a 6′ fence bareback on a mare that is only 15.1 hands? Beyond imagination. But apparently, not beyond the realm of possibility. Check out New Zealand’s Vicki Wilson jumping Showtym Girl at the New Zealand Horse of the Year Show, March 19, 2011.

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How High Can a Horse Jump? Think 8 Feet Plus!

At 1.6 meters (5′ 2 -1/2″) the show jumping fences at the Olympics looked enormous to me. It’s hard to imagine the multiple jumping efforts required of these horses over the days of competition. However, when only a single jump is required, there are some horses that can jump significantly higher. People started keeping track […]

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