How much should a horse be jumped?

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    08-20-2012, 12:25 AM
How much should a horse be jumped?

Okay so I lease a horse from this older lady who jumps maybe 2-2'3 ish. He's 15 years old. I ride him 3 days a week and she rides the other days. I jump BN. She jumps him a lot. Like almost every day she rides him. She also doesn't use any protection on his legs at all (even during xc) I do though..I usually jump 1-2 days a week max..I worry that between us though, he is being over jumped. He can still jump like training and up..he is also always taking constant long/shorts spots bc his owners position is so bad...I live in Washington do you guys think he gets over jumped???? I rarley see her do dressage
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    08-20-2012, 12:45 AM
With my horse who is 15, I have to jump him at least 5 times a week. I used to do lots of dressage with him, but he wasn't the best at it and we would both get frustrated. When I moved barns the new trainer suggested jumping more because he loved it and mixing in dressage between the jumps if that makes sense. The point is that as long as the horse is sound, and wants to jump he should be ok. He does need breaks though, and maybe only ride him 5-6 times a week?? It depends on the horse though, and a vet would be the best person to ask. I would take it easy just doing a few jumps and not too high untill you have an answer. Also try talking to his owner about it and see what she says.
    08-20-2012, 01:04 AM
He could definitely be being overjumped. I try to stick to 1-2 days max, but consistently jumping 4+ days a week is going to take a toll on his joints, even if he's not showing signs of soreness yet.
    08-20-2012, 03:03 AM
He used to be an endurance horse. He can be quite lazy and grumpy in He LOVES xc and just galloping around or doing the stadium course Hell def in the winter as everything is out are outside. He def likes to jump though and is amazing at it. Maybe he should get supplements ?
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    08-20-2012, 01:25 PM
Talk to your vet about joint supplements. My horse just gets his hocks injected with Legends once a month, but that is because he is showing signs of soreness. The vet could do flexion tests to see how supple his joints are and then reccomend what to do

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