Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Kansas in the summer, Kentucky most of the time
My horse started ground poles when she was 3, moved to crossrails at 4, and was jumping 2 foot courses at the end of her 5 year old year. She's now almost 8 and can jump 3'3" courses with ease.
I agree that 3 is too young to be JUMPING. However, ground poles are fine. Ground poles are really no different than a horse stepping over a log in the pasture. Some say it depends on breed, but I don't think it does really IMHO. I treat all of my horses like they are slow maturing drafts.
This is why I have a HUGE problem with the Young Event Horse series that the USEA is putting on. I see people taking their green 4 year olds and jumping them 2'6" and they are basically tested on how green they are! They look for style, and a more experienced horse won't overjump and win in the YEH like a green horse will.... UGH
Look like a SUPERSTAR, Ride like a FOUR STAR, Win like a ROCKSTAR
Eventers: Making BAD Dressage look GOOD!