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        04-07-2008, 05:42 PM
    Is he to old?

    Hi as some of you know I have a horse named Doc and he is twenty-six and I was wondering if it seems cruel for me to be jumping him?I ride him about four times a week and I watch how much he eats and he loves jumping and isn't showing any signs of being hurt I just wanted to make sure he was still okay.The vet says he still looks very healthy I just wasn't sure.
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        04-07-2008, 05:48 PM
    As long as he's still capable of jumping without hurting himself he should be fine. A horse will let you know when he doesn't want to jump anymore
        04-07-2008, 08:32 PM
    I don't see any problem with it, just make sure you are paying really careful attention to any sign that he might be in pain from jumping :)
        04-08-2008, 12:04 AM
    Green Broke
    We have several school horses that are that age jumping, showing, and sound. I wouldn't train a horse to jump at that age but if they've been jumping for a while I wouldn't worry about it. Just moniter them carefully for any signs of pain. Sometimes it won't show itself as lameness but at some point they start getting more short strided (always taking the chip in instead of the long distance), miss their lead changes, even start stopping at fences. That's when they're retired to flat lessons.
        04-08-2008, 12:15 AM
    Yeah, keep a watch on him, but I'm sure it's fine!
        04-08-2008, 08:51 AM
    If your horse is telling you he's enjoying it, there's no reason to stop! Like the others have said, he'll let you know when it starts to become a problem.

    Keep it light and keep it fun, just to protect him since his body is getting older. No reason to do anything too crazy or take huge jumps or really hard courses. He may be enjoying jumping, but his body is getting older so you have to be more careful with it.

    It's great that he's in such good shape at his age and still going so strong. I would think that riding and even jumping him as long as he can handle it will keep him going even longer.
        04-08-2008, 10:14 PM
    He is in very good condition for his age, I just couldn't believe that in horse years he is in his nintes!The only thing that Iv'e noticed is he only likes to be out for forty minutes at the most when we are doing ring work but I expected that because he gets tired easier. One of his favorite things to do is gallop and he does really well with that.Thanks for all the replies

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