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    06-16-2011, 09:03 AM
Jumper in Rehab

Ok I know the title sounds like it should be in a differant category but it is a training question.

Ok so to start out, I am leasing a bay TB mare with the potentially of buying her. She was a grand prix jumper but then she pulled up lame and her rider made her finish the jumping season. (6 foot jumps to be exact.) Afterward her family and her refused to pay for her medicine to bring her back.

So my trainer got her. It turns out all she had was swelling issues and once she got the medicine she went right back to being sound.

So now we are rehabbing her to get her back into jumping. The vet said she probably shouldn't jump 6ft again. (no duh) but she could easily jump 3'6"-4'. We are rehabbing her and it is taking quite some time. Should we start over with her jumping training and just act like she was never a grand prix jumper of should we work her (when its time) like she knows what she's doing?

Thanks I really need advice on this.
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    06-16-2011, 09:15 AM
I would somewhat start over with her, working on groundwork and flatwork before going back to jumping and when you do start jumping start small. Obviously this horse knows jumping and will basically know what you want of her but it never hurts to start small and build a very solid base before moving forward. I wouldn't work the flatwork to death if she knows it and picks it back up well but I wouldn't rush right back into jumping either. Let her set the pace by letting you know what she knows and go from there.
    06-16-2011, 09:18 AM
Ok thanks. I was probably going to start small. Thanks. And also we are going to give her at least 2 months before ground poles just so she gets her muscling back.
    06-16-2011, 09:34 AM
It is always best to take a horse back to basic training regardless at what level they were before being injured/lame. Yes, work her as she never had jumped at Grand Prix Level and restart her to that level.
    06-16-2011, 11:19 AM
I agree to start from the beginning and then let the horse set the pace. She may show you she still remembers it all and progress faster or she may need to fill in gaps from missed or forgotten training or overcome past issues.

Good luck - she sounds like a great find!
    06-16-2011, 08:11 PM
I'm curious. While I understand it makes sense to bring the horse back up from the ground up, wouldn't a horse used to jumping 6' quickly start disrespecting smaller fences and get sloppy? I'm thinking, as long as she stays sound, get her back to the desired height asap. Just thinking out loud.
    06-16-2011, 10:21 PM
Ok thanks for all your help I think we will start out slow then let her set the pace
    06-16-2011, 10:31 PM
It's not the horse that needs retraining it's the muscles...so yes, you should start her over from the ground up. :)
    06-17-2011, 04:50 AM
MBP I was always under the impression that the 'big time' jumpers mostly train over 3 - 4 foot at home, and only see the big heights at shows and infrequently during training?

I could be wrong, I have never been a jumper lol.
    06-17-2011, 09:54 AM
Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
I'm curious. While I understand it makes sense to bring the horse back up from the ground up, wouldn't a horse used to jumping 6' quickly start disrespecting smaller fences and get sloppy? I'm thinking, as long as she stays sound, get her back to the desired height asap. Just thinking out loud.
Sometimes these horses are just jumped and jumped and jumped and never get worked on flatwork or anythign like that and they become very sour to jumping and need some time to just relax for a bit. Also because its like you coming back from a bad injury and trying to run a marathon, you need to work back up to it slowly to get back into shape before you tackle the big stuff.

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