10-21-2010, 12:38 AM
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I have a 5 yr old, and I have only jumped him a few times, even though jumping is my goal with him. So I would do it lightly at 5 and progress steadily.
I see people jumping their 3 yrs olds, and I see people waiting til 5 and then jumping every time they ride, neither of these things make sense to me. I want to wait until my horse is developed and then introduce it slowly.
I would not appreciate being introduced to the 100m sprint and then doing it 3-4 times a week.
Edit - poop just saw that you were talking about free jumping and not jumping with a rider, I apologize. I would start that a snip younger and probably do it a little more (maybe once to twice a week for a 5 times a week exercise horse)