Originally Posted by luvs2ride79
Originally Posted by horse_luver4e
You guys are trying to tell me that jumping young horses causes problems when there older. And I understand that.
No you don't, otherwise you wouldn't jump a 3yr old at all.
No one is pointing fingers...
I'd like to make an attempt to return this thread to it's original intent.
My 2 cents worth for BluMagic:
I don't jump so I'm not going to make a schedule for you. All I have to say is that consistency is the most important component of a healthy training schedule. If you're getting into jumping a certain horse for the first time, and you have long term plans in mind, it's always best to take things slow. Start from the beginning. There is a reason Hunt seat and Hunter pleasure exist. They are foundations for horses to be built upon. Be sure you've mastered the less complicated bits before you make an attempt to move into jumping. You know what they say about a house built on stone.
It's true what they are posting about jumping young horses, but you have to realize that always being afraid of what might happen to your horse will get you nowhere. Basing your training on caution will destroy your ambition.
Try not to see Jumping as a separate arena from the flat events. Its all part of the same road. Different horse/rider combos travel at different paces and some can only go so far. Just start from the beginning and keep moving forward steadily.