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post #1 of 7 Old 10-20-2010, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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At what age would you free jumping a horse?
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post #2 of 7 Old 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)
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post #3 of 7 Old 10-21-2010, 12:43 AM
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Depends on how much and how high. I wouldn't jump them much at all until their joints close, but a little jumping now and then to add some variety to training, I think is fine, as long as you aren't jumping over anything more than maybe 2' high.
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Does anybody else have any more comments??
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post #5 of 7 Old 10-24-2010, 08:54 AM
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We start to freejump them at three. Always very low in the beginning, and moving up as they age and progress in training. :)

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post #6 of 7 Old 10-24-2010, 10:50 AM
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I started free jumping my horse when she was four. She was really maturely built for her age. some people thought she was 7 or 8 years. She was fully grown so I saw no problem with it. I entered in a jumper show that same year and she has never ever refused once in her life. I am very happy with her even though she is not jumper built but more like a funny looking draft cross andalusian :P
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post #7 of 7 Old 10-28-2010, 01:04 AM
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3 years old at the youngest any younger is courting joint and knee problems. You might get lucky and not have knee problems but you might be unlucky and mess your horse up. Why push a young horse to jump? Even with no rider jumping is a forceful activity.
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