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post #1 of 7 Old 07-25-2007, 08:30 AM Thread Starter
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jumping potential?

Just curious... What is the optimal height for the horse to jump 3+? What about the weight of the rider (does it depend much as in races)?

I'm thinking about trying to jump mine year from now (when she'll turn at least 4). She cleared 4.5' fence just because (was overexcited because of the windy weather and new place) on slow speed uphill when she was 2.5 and 14'3'' in height , so I'm thinking may be there is some potential for jumping there.

I did just little jumping, so don't have much experience with it especially starting youngster.
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-25-2007, 03:26 PM
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I went to AQHYA World one year to do horse judging, and our team watched the show jumping finals. One of the top five was riding a quarter/pony! That things flew over those jumps and he was 1/3 the size of the other horses. They were big jumps too (I really can't estimate the exact height...but world final quality)...I don't think height matter so much if your horse has the talent, ability, and the mind to do it.

The weight of the rider will effect the horse some, but as long as you are physically in pretty good shape and the horse isn't tiny, then it shouldn't matter that much. How well you balance and move with the horse matters more. If your weight is in the wrong place, at the wrong time, you can throw off your horse's balance and make it harder for him to perform. If you take lessons, etc, and learn where you need to be at all times, and learn to synchronize with your horse, your performance will get better and better.
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post #3 of 7 Old 07-25-2007, 06:07 PM
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off topic a bit... I am no expert, but I have heard from a few sources (not researched it myself) that a horse should be at least 6 before being taught jumping. I suppose it depends on the breed and the horse, but it sort of makes sense considering it is a fairly high impact sport, and many horses are often still growing up until or even past that age.

I don't know - has anyone else heard more on the subject?

I am not really sure about the height, I would have to agree with firelight about it depending more on their talent, abiltiy, and drive. Height will obviously play some role though I am sure. Our 15H gelding has been jumping 3'6" this years, and it is his second season. He has a long back and nice long legs, and he also loves it!
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post #4 of 7 Old 07-25-2007, 06:52 PM
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When I use to be in 4-H our manuals told us 5 was when you should start jumping. I think everyone has a different opinion. For me, I think its fine to jump them over low jumps when they are young. If you're going to get very high at all I think you should wait until at least 5 for something medium-big in size. I agree with Paint Lover on 6 though, personally. Thats when I'd start them over bigger jumps.
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post #5 of 7 Old 07-25-2007, 09:40 PM
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:o Personally i think no younger than 5 should they start jumping 60cm and over. Younger horses say under 3yr they have a line through their knee where its not filled in - hard to explain.
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-26-2007, 07:11 AM Thread Starter
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He-he. I'm not planning on making 3ft at 4 years old. I heard you are not supposed to jump high till 5 years old (in fact as well as barrel racing and other tough sport). I was just wondering since I'm not that small (not heavy, but tall, so not very light lol!), and she's not huge (may be end up 15.1 or may be even under that).
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post #7 of 7 Old 07-26-2007, 01:53 PM
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i agree that five sounds like just about right.However some horses take longer some a little earlier. it just depends when they seem ready.
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