Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck
Need more info. Has your horse jumped a lot in the past? What height is he comfortable with? If he's been jumping 2'6" like they are logs on the ground, then try just moving up to 2'9", let him get used to that height and then up to 3'. If you're jumping anything other than very low cross rails and verticals, I personally would restrict jumping to 2 times a week at most. Your surface comes into play too. If you are jump in a hard concussive ring, you would have more leg wear and tear than on a softer grass surface. Just use common sense and listen to your horse regarding the height. He will tell you quickly enough if the new height is too much for him or easy.
Sorry. I forgot to get back! He has been jumping since he was about 4 or 5 (my guess) and we are jumping about 2'6" quite a bit when we jump right now, but mostly lower verticals other than that (if that makes any sense!). It seems the higher we go, the more he loves it. We have jumped 3' a little, and he hops right over it effortlessly. I jump once or twice a week, and other than that, only groundwork. Our riding area is a flat grassy area. I think what I've decided, as he is rather accident prone (the only times he injures himself is outside the arena), is that as long as he stays healthy I'll go as high as we are both comfortable with (he would jump higher if I asked). If Jay starts to get a little worn, we'll stick to lower stuff. I'm trying to put his health first and foremost!