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post #1 of 13 Old 01-05-2010, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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Age to start jumping?

Is three too early to start jumping about 2foot?

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post #2 of 13 Old 01-05-2010, 06:49 PM
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I think ti depends on the breed, but I would say just wait til four just to be safe :P but I don't really know that much on this kinda stuff. Lol

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post #3 of 13 Old 01-05-2010, 07:01 PM
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Yes, three is way too early. Three is the age you should start basic training, jumping is way down the road. At that young of age the horses legs haven't even fully fused together yet. By jumping him you're putting too much stress on them.
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post #4 of 13 Old 01-05-2010, 07:36 PM
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I personally would never even briefly consider jumping a horse before it was 4 years old, unless you're referring to some light free jumping. My Arabian mare didn't start over fences under saddle until she was 5 years old.

There is so much additional pressure and weight coming down on the joints and spine, it's absolutely crucial to wait until relative maturity to begin jumping with a rider.

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I would say 6 or 7 three is way to young,

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post #7 of 13 Old 01-05-2010, 09:32 PM
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my mare is 5 and I have only sone a few jumps up to 2;3" in her entire life time and that was only a few months ago, at three there knees and legs are not fully developed and they are mentally not ready either, I have not pushed my mare 2 hard, she has only been ridden on the flat from the time I broke her by myself until now, and she is 5 and a half, her flat work is amazing because that is all I ahve worked on, she has done a few jumps but deffinately not many
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You shouldn't really start jumping horses until they're about 6-7 yrs old, but little occasional ones are ok from 4-5 yrs

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4 -5 is when you start introducing x-rails. 5 is really when you can start the 3 footers look at the topic I've got going right now on this same topic. Its under jumping
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post #10 of 13 Old 01-05-2010, 09:58 PM
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is it a coming 3yo or a coming 4yo ?

I would hold off until they are 4 or a couple months into their 4yo year

Whether or not they are mentally ready is different for each individual horse, so I don't tlike to make generalizations about it.

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