Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Good luck horse lover. Be careful about how much you do to start training for jumping at age 3. I have heard different ages for when they should be started on such a high impact activity, but I have generally heard about 5 or 6 years old. That doesn't mean that working with ground poles and raised trot poles wouldn't be an excellent activity for her to do right now.
Also, before focusing on a particular job for her right now, you would probably be happiest and get the most success with mastering the basics for now - walk, trot, canter, etc. That way you can use all of these tools in your training for jumping in the future.
I only just started Dez on reining this year at age five. He had all of his basics down last year, but I think is has helped him to have that extra year of maturity for the intense training. Like I said, he still tests me as I push him to new limits (exactly what is happening with you right now). Before I started training for reining, Dez was solid (doing consistently without acting up) with walk, trot, canter, sidepass, back, yeilding of different body parts from ground or saddle, direct and indirect rein not to mention other valuable skills....good on trails, not spooky at new objects, lunging, clipping, trailering, blah, blah, and so on :)
Just remember all of those things can be little jobs for her to learn, and when she gets those solid, she can put them together for a bigger job like jumping.