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post #1 of 9 Old 06-22-2010, 03:48 PM Thread Starter
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Start a horse on jumps

What age is ok to start a horse over jumps?
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post #2 of 9 Old 06-22-2010, 04:05 PM
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Depending on the size of horse/build and when they have finished growing. I generally do all of the ground work training (leading and such) at ages two and three, have them being ridden in the fourth year and started jumping in the fifth or sixth year once they are done/almost done growing. If they are going to be big, I wait until at LEAST six as they tend to take longer to grow fully. You don't want them to start jumping until their joints close though or you will have to deal with joint problems in the future. And make sure they have all of their flat work down pat before starting!!


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post #3 of 9 Old 06-22-2010, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
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ok, he's just a horse im looking at but he's 3 years old and he's 16.2 atm, he was a ex standerbred racehorse. So youd think 6 years old would be good for him?
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Yep, 6 years sounds good if he was a racer. Give him a break on the legs! Lol
And that will give you time to train him well on the flat first. Do you know if he was a pacer or a trotter?


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post #5 of 9 Old 06-22-2010, 07:09 PM
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Regardless of size, all horses joints are fused by age 3. Period. After age 3, it's the spine that is concerning, and doesn't fully fuse until a horse is at least 6 years old - and you can tack on a few years if the horse is big.

There's no reason why a 4-5 year old horse can't be started lightly with poles and crossrails. I personally wouldn't be jumping courses until they were 5-6 years old and saving the 2'0"+ stuff for that age, but anytime after 4 is a good place to START. I'd save the heavy stuff until a little older.

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post #6 of 9 Old 06-22-2010, 07:25 PM
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Depending on the size of horse/build and when they have finished growing. I generally do all of the ground work training (leading and such) at ages two and three, have them being ridden in the fourth year and started jumping in the fifth or sixth year once they are done/almost done growing. If they are going to be big, I wait until at LEAST six as they tend to take longer to grow fully. Like I said, they are usually not done growing until 6. Yes, back problems would be the main issue after 3 starting them working hard, but I never said their joints didn't close until six. I just said you should wait until they are at least 6. Especially considering he raced, she will want to get him trained well on the flat before starting him over fences, as all horses should be. And in this case ^ I said *I* generally do all of the ground.... etc. Using my method as an example. But not saying it is the only way. The only thing I really suggested was that she waits until their joints close (for any horse).
You don't want them to start jumping until their joints close though or you will have to deal with joint problems in the future. And make sure they have all of their flat work down pat before starting!!
And there is no problem with doing poles and small crossrails. But like I said *I* prefer to use that way, rather than start them at an earlier age.


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post #7 of 9 Old 06-22-2010, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
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he actually never made it to the track! They pushed and pushed him but he just didnt have an interest in it where his sister went very far in it. I think he was trained for trotting anyways! Well thanks for the advice! :) I'm actually probably going to make a thread of a few pictures of him if you guys want to see him!
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Ohh that's cool :)
Yeah put up some pics I would love to see him!


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post #9 of 9 Old 06-23-2010, 11:43 AM
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I think 5 or 6 is a good age to start riding them over jumps if that is what you mean

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