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    01-06-2010, 12:29 AM
The spine is one of the last things to fuse on a horse. The bones fuse from the order bottom up. Jumping causes impact to the joints, tendons, and the spine and those are things you certainly don't want to go on your horse.

I think the earliest you should ever jump a horse is four. Personally I'm waiting till 5 with my boy before he even goes over a tiny cross rail. I know it sucks to wait especially if it's you're only horse at the moment (like me) but in the end I'd rather wait a few years and him last a good 15+ riding years than start earlier and cause arthritis and other health problems.
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    01-06-2010, 12:30 AM
I think it has more to do with physical capability...thier spines and knees aren't done growing and fusing until age 5-7, depending on the breed. Bigger horses take longer whereas Welsh ponies are darn near done by age 4.

I could see you free jumping some cross rails at age 3 just to see their form and willingness, but I see no need to rush into jumping 2' at such a tender age.
    01-06-2010, 06:46 PM
Green Broke
Thats what I thought. Its someone I knows horse and he was about middle threes, they were jumping him about 2ft with a 130(ABOUT)lb rider...i also thought it was too early...
He is a QH...

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