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post #11 of 24 Old 12-09-2010, 09:58 PM
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Originally Posted by franknbeans View Post
We all have our opinions on this, and some of it depends on the breeding. I have a 21 YO who is arthritic( he has been for several years) as a result of too much too early, so perhaps I am a bit more sensitive than most.
Of course no horse should be jumped heavily that young. I was talking more like starting them over jumps.
The vertebrae on the back correctly fusing is very important. I don't believe on starting horses until they are 3 years old.
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post #12 of 24 Old 12-10-2010, 02:00 AM
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I agree that as long as its lightly, and correctly done, its okay, what gets me is some of the hunter jumper trainers around me selling horses that at 3&4 years of age are as stated in the for sale ads consistently jumping 3'+ courses and showing at that level as well. I personally like the challenge myself of starting a baby on my own, but its nice to have something thats already started, and just needs finishing. I would love to own an Art Deco or Sempatico baby someday. Trained a Sempatico/Abracadabra baby for a while, and absolutely loved her temperament.
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post #13 of 24 Old 12-10-2010, 10:14 PM
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Originally Posted by franknbeans View Post
We all have our opinions on this, and some of it depends on the breeding. I have a 21 YO who is arthritic( he has been for several years) as a result of too much too early, so perhaps I am a bit more sensitive than most.
Yep, there is a NINE year old at the barn that is basically crippled and retired from doing too much too young too hard.

I would consider jumping a horse over something as tall as your average hay bail at 4 or 5, maybe once a week, but I would never have them doing 2 foot+ courses at 4 or 5. Horses mature much slower than I think a lot of people believe.

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post #14 of 24 Old 12-11-2010, 08:41 AM Thread Starter
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Depends whether you're talking morale values or purpose- TOP competitors in the jumper world and dressage are started in consistant work as young as 2, and jumpers by 3 are going around doing courses. Barrel racers and western sport horses are started that young as well. Different horses mature at different speeds and rates and it's up to you to decide. Please, I don't mind this debate giong on, but please just not on my thread? :) Thank you!
Just had to add my opinion too:)
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post #15 of 24 Old 12-14-2010, 10:41 AM
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He's quite lovely, Ak1!

To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of flashy pintos (go figure, I own one, but whatever) I prefer either mostly white or mostly solid in pintos. I would like to see that one using his neck and back more over the jump, though I think it's rider error, to be quite honest. ;)

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post #16 of 24 Old 12-14-2010, 11:18 AM
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I cant see a picture or link in the OP's first post??
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post #17 of 24 Old 12-28-2010, 10:48 PM
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my friend started jumping her pony at 1 and 1/2 years old
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post #18 of 24 Old 12-28-2010, 11:26 PM
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Originally Posted by fuadteagan View Post
my friend started jumping her pony at 1 and 1/2 years old
You friend is asking for a pony that will break down way-hay to early because of that.
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post #19 of 24 Old 12-28-2010, 11:27 PM
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I feel so sorry for that pony :( Mine don't even get ridden until 3, no jumping until small crossrails at 5.
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post #20 of 24 Old 12-29-2010, 12:40 AM
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He is sure pretty...There were alot of nice horses on that sight. Expensive but nice
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