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post #1 of 18 Old 05-28-2010, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
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Age to jumpp??

My paint horse just turned 4. We are in dressage training, together. I want to start jumping him. But idk when. I know its personal preference. But i just dont know when to start him. I would like to be able to take him to a few schooling eventing shows next summer when hes five if we work really hard in the next year.
But i want to know. when do you start your horses jumping? And how are they holding up now? What general guidelines do you follow age wise? like what age and how high. I know its based on the horse. but i just want a general idea.
I just want the best for him and i want opinions from more than one party. i.e. you guys, trainer, friends etc.etc.

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post #2 of 18 Old 05-28-2010, 09:36 PM
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Personally, I don't like seeing a horse start jumping till they're 4-5, and nothing 'big' until about 6. Why not take it slow and reduce the risk of injury?

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what do you consider big?
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post #4 of 18 Old 05-28-2010, 09:41 PM
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Personally, I wouldn't jump over 2'6" to 3' till 6. That's my personal opinion :) I also would not look at buying a horse that was jumping over 2'6" before the age of 5.

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post #5 of 18 Old 05-28-2010, 10:33 PM
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MUCH AGREED! My mare just turned 4 and I will only be doing like a tiny tiny bit of jumping here and there, she likes it but doesnt have the balance to do it yet and we are in lots of dressage training. she is still growing and has only been under saddle a little over a year so I really agree with JDI
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post #6 of 18 Old 05-29-2010, 12:27 AM
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I was wondering the same thing megannnn :). I saw a horse(not sure where, some horse selling website) that was in(and placing) baby green hunter shows at 3 1/2 I think.....anyway, I was thinking that was too early considering she would have to be in trainin for that even earlier, is that correct? I would agree with JDI, jumping low at 4-5, and up to 3'+ at 6.

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post #7 of 18 Old 05-29-2010, 03:36 AM
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Anything higher than the horse's knee I would not do until the age of six, if not wait till they are 7.
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Personaly i would do alot of pole work and cavletti work until they figure out where there feet go and all that, Then ince every week/ 2weeks i would lunge or loose school them over little 70cm jumps.

About a month- 6 weeks after that id get on and jump under saddle. HOwever i wouldnt jumo over 90cm with a youngster.

I workked in a show jumping yard and pointed out to me was any of the horses jumping in the high level 4-5 year olds are never heard of after the age of six as there is only so much pressure there undeveloped joints can take. If you look at it this way a horse competing in the 1.10m classes in IReland will have been competing every weeknd working up through the ranks for about a year to get to that stage so say from 3......... which means that horse started jumpin early 3to qualify for that stage!!
No international jumpers will take a horse like that they break down to early.

So if you want a decent horse with good joints i would put off big jumping or regular jumping until he has fully devleloped and can work properly in dressage.

My little 5 year old currently jumos 80cm once every 2weeks and then its only jumping once or twice.

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post #9 of 18 Old 05-29-2010, 10:39 AM
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I have a 3 year old filly, and I jump her over small cross-rails. She isn't expected to do more, and she does everything willingly. She is an extremely good little filly- slow, easy going, bomb proof, and a very fast learner. She is totally ready to jump. But it's really particular to you and your horse.

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post #10 of 18 Old 05-29-2010, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
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What I was thinking was up to 2 and a half feet once a week or once evry two weeks. Not like an hour of full on jumping. But like 20 minutes a session. We'd still be doing dressage pole work trail riding and conditioning in our schedule so he's well rounded. And maybe in during summer our barn sets a small cc course in a grass pasture. So mayb once a month touch on that.

Thoughts on that type of schedule?
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