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post #11 of 13 Old 11-21-2007, 11:54 AM
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Personally, I would wait until she is 5 or 5 1/2. She just won't be developed to handle the stresses of jumping, in my opinion. I think in todays horse world, people start horses in competition and training waaaaay too early, and I hate seeing 2 and 3 year old horses in reining and cutting competitions, for example. It makes me sick. Also, at 4 her pelvis may not be fused yet, and if it's not, she could develop a jumper's bump.

Ground poles are great, raised cavelettis are great, but I would be leary of jumping her at 4. But that's just my opinion.
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post #12 of 13 Old 11-21-2007, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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Thanz guys thats what I thought.
See heres my training plan:
she's 3 1/2 now so we do ground work and undersaddle training she is giving to the bit pressure and she knows my leg aids which is really good becuase a acually never have to kick her and I don't wear spurs I barly lie my leg behind the girth and she will canter and she knows the signal for trot. So we will go over ground poles at this time. But anyway,
at 4: We will start jumping cross rails and when shes allmost five she will hopefully be up to 2ft
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post #13 of 13 Old 11-22-2007, 03:01 PM
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Good idea. I have a horse that just turned 5, and he's just now starting to jump 2ft-2ft6. We still dont jump him that much though. He's only showing in 18inch classes, and we only jump 3 or 4 days a week.
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