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    08-25-2010, 01:12 AM
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Yearling
How Much Should You Jump a Horse?

My friend jumps her horses once a week because she said any more than that would hurt the horses' joints in the long run. The most I've jumped consistently is 4 times a week, and my friend said that if I kept that up now that I do higher level stuff it could be harmful on her joints. So my question is, how many times a week, if riding every week (once or more) how many times should you jump a horse that is doing 2'6"-3' ?
     
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    08-25-2010, 08:51 AM
  #2
Yearling
My trainer and I both agree no more than 2 times a week when jumping max 3 times and trotting jumps more than cantering them
     
    08-25-2010, 01:30 PM
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Foal
I've never thought of that. I usually jump whenever.
     
    08-25-2010, 02:00 PM
  #4
Green Broke
I only want my horses jumped 2-3 days a week max. It is hard on their joints, especially the higher in the levels you go.

The big Grand Prix jumpers will all tell you (well, all that I have talked to or heard about) that they school small stuff at home and work on flat work or Dressage most rides. They only school bigger jumps a week or three before a competition. Big Ben was competed at Grand Prix until he was 18 yrs old, and I read an interview with his rider/trainer Ian Miller once that said they only ever jumped him 2-3 times a week or less for nearly his whole life .
     
    08-25-2010, 02:27 PM
  #5
Yearling
Luvs2tifr1979 I totally agree. My trainers theory which I have continued is to trot most jumps and school smaller fences at home.. we only schooled bigger heights 2 days before a show and horse got the day before the show and the day after the show off. Helps their legs last longer

Best quote she ever said was "a horse has only so many jumps in its legs"
     
    08-26-2010, 06:49 AM
  #6
Foal
All of our "show ponies" would only be jumped 2-3 times a week. Usually some small cross rails to start and then go thru a course once or twice and then cool out. They would get one day a week of field rest. And then a month off in the winter. But then when I got thinking about it, the school horses would get jumped 6 or 7 days a week. Some of the school horses used for the more advanced students would be jumping 2'6 2'9 courses everyday...I guess it depends on what you think your horse can handle. I agree that jumping a horse 3 times a week is enough.
     
    08-26-2010, 07:52 AM
  #7
Trained
It really depends more on how hard you are jumping them. I've jumped some horses 7 days a week, but only 5 fences per day. I wouldn't jump a horse an hour every day.
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    08-26-2010, 01:55 PM
  #8
Yearling
So, I never get to go ride her, I come out usually every two or three weeks and I ride every day I can until I have to come out (usually 1-5 days) so I figured that would be fine if I don't ride her for weeks on end. But we're going to be moving her up where I live sometime in September and I'll get to ride her regularly. I figured two days of low gymnastic stuff, then one day of high schooling. But I'd give her a day in between for either rest or flat work or a field/trail ride. How does that sound? On the gymnastics days I'd set the jumps to 18" or 2'. Then on the third day, 2'6", 2'9" and 3'. Does that seem safe? Most of the time I'll probably only get to jump twice, in which case I'd just do gymnastics.
     
    08-27-2010, 02:34 AM
  #9
Yearling
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Originally Posted by FoxyRoxy1507    
best quote she ever said was "a horse has only so many jumps in its legs"
My trainer said that too! We are going to start teaching my horse to jump and I don't think I will ever school jumping more than once a week, probably less most of the time. He's a big beefy quarter horse and not necessarily built for jumping and I really want to be careful to not damage his joints. Better safe than sorry when it's your baby, imo!

I probably wouldn't count a jump or two on the trail or hacking around but for any sort of schooling and repetitive jumping no more than once a week, maybe twice if my horse had a jumper's build.
     

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