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post #11 of 15 Old 01-06-2010, 07:13 PM
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Depending on the breed, I have no problem jumping at four. My horse spent his 4th year in babygreens, and now at 5 he's moving up to pregreens. For breeds such as warmbloods, who seem to mature mentally and physically slower than breeds such as TB', 5 seems a good age. Ponies ridden by good kids, 4 is fine. If no good kids are avaiable, 5 with an adult (who will put more strain on smaller animals)
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post #12 of 15 Old 01-07-2010, 12:08 PM
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I think 5 is a good age to start serious jumping, and take it slow even from there. My shetland, King was being ridden almost daily over 2.6" at four years... I hack him and thats about it right now. He is 10000000000000x happier :). My 8 yr old TB is showing in 18" currently. He could jump ALOT higher, but I want to take things slowly so that we have many amazing years together!

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post #13 of 15 Old 01-07-2010, 12:44 PM
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I have a 6.5 yr old OTTB ... she came off the track at 4.5 and I have been doing flat (i want a solid horse on the flat) with her and plan to start jumping her this spring (she will be 7 in May). I have ridden her over polls and even some small X's but I would rather take it slow and get a solid horse then try to jump before she is ready.

I really think this is a "to each his own" thing because some horses have the ability and some don't.

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post #14 of 15 Old 01-11-2010, 07:20 PM
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My 3 year old is started over ground poles and some cavaletti (like 20cm) at a walk / trot for bounce pony and other gymkhana games, but this is pretty rarely that he goes over the cavaletti. Maybe once a month if that.
When he's 4 he will be started over 30cm cross rails at a walk / trot once a fortnight til he's 4.5 and then it will be once a week for about 15 minutes in a riding session.
When he's 5 he will start getting verticles and bigger jumps and move our way up.

I was rather annoyed to hear that when he was being broken in at 2.5yrs, the breaker was jumping him at 70cm. He's now on Calplus with Biotin to make sure his bones will be strong and will be started on a joint supplement when he's 4. Idealy, I would rather only be putting him on joint supplements when he's like 15 but you can't win 'em all.

I agree with what another poster said, the market is demanding the young horses to be doing what older horses can. It is unfortunate, but there are still those trainers out there that believe you don't jump a 3 year old like you would a grand prix show jumper earning the big bucks.
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post #15 of 15 Old 01-28-2010, 07:13 PM
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I'm currently training a 4 y.o horse who was jumping 3ft with her old owners. I mainly do flat work with her now b/c she is very wiggly and is still learning bending and transitions and stuff...I personally have jumped 18" to 2ft with her, but I dont jumper her often. I think its ok to jump the young ones once in a while if the jumps are under 18" and as long as they have most of the essential basics down.

Here is my reasoning:

You dont set a horse up for failure, you set them up for success. Just incase your horse loses confidence in jumping or anything really, you need something simple and easy that they know how to do to fall back on for a while...but if you've spent all of your time jumping the horse, they won't have those flatwork essentials they need that will boost their confidence level. It's with the horse until they have the basics down...then start moving up with little jumps, then bigger ones, and you can start adding the good stuff like flying changes and framing up too. I just feel you need to have the basic essentials down b4 jumping should even be considered. :))
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