I beg to differ. :)
** We started smaller and went up to this height. Yes, I realize she doesn't have tight knees yadda-yadda. We're not going for shows; I'm just proving a point. ;)
*** No more than 3x over the fence in each direction: she has ringbone in her RF after all. These are all video stills.
**** Gracie enjoys jumping; this is not the first time we do this. I do a lot of interval-type training on the longe, either agility work over poles or longing on the side of the hill in the mare field because it's great cross-training. Every once in a while I'll raise the poles to small jumps for the cardio workout, like on this day. Lily was jumping 3'6" on the longe on this day (no, not "small jumps" in her case; I *wanted* her to crack her back over the jumps, which she did. Lily has awesome scope and a picture-perfect bascule). The highest I'll ask Gracie to jump is what you see in these photos, maybe 2'3".
***** For the record, at the barn where I learned to jump in PR one of the best jumpers in the lesson program was a gaited gray mare, a Paso mix that looked just like a TB...until she moved. She had no trot, just a pace, a rack, and a very lateral, smooth canter. She could jump up to 3' from a standstill. Most of the little kids learned to jump on her because she was such a steady-Eddy + so comfortable to ride. Brave as fuck; she was always in the ribbons at jumper and equitation shows. She didn't know what "refusal" meant. Her name was Ceniza, which means "Ash" in Spanish.