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post #1 of 20 Old 11-25-2012, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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Good age to start jumping a AQHA?

Hello,

I was curious to see what age you should start jumping a horse, particularly a AQHA. I know some people start WAY to young, but others not so much. I was thinking around 4-5? My horse will be 3 in a month, so she's very green right now.

I want to try jumping while she's older just to give her a all around approach, etc.

So I was just wondering, thanks!

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post #2 of 20 Old 11-25-2012, 03:49 PM
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I started my mare on low cross rails at 3 1/2. I only jumped her over 2 or 3 not even every other week.
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post #3 of 20 Old 11-25-2012, 03:58 PM
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the babies we import are normally started very lightly at 3 with under saddle work. To get them used to the idea of jumping, they are simply started over poles. Sometimes the poles will have scary things around them. Flowers, butterfly standards, balloons, empty liverpools, etc. They are usually not started over actual jumps until they are 4, they are then brought up appropriately with their jumping careers, so that they will be able to start showing in the 5 year old circuit. So in short, yes, I agree with 4 or 5 to start real jumping training.
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I started my mare on low cross rails at 3 1/2. I only jumped her over 2 or 3 not even every other week.
Thank you, I don't plan on doing the big jumping stuff like what may people do. Since she's not much of a jumper, I only plan on jumping her 2' max (even when she's older).

2-3x when she's older shouldn't give her problems if I don't do it often, right?

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I wouldn't even consider jumping before the horse is 4 and then slowly. It pays to wait until they are ready for it so they stay sound.
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I'm kind of wondering the same thing, too. But In my situation, I am wondering what age I should buy a horse to train to be a jumper.
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I'm kind of wondering the same thing, too. But In my situation, I am wondering what age I should buy a horse to train to be a jumper.
It depends on what level of training you want the horse to have before you buy it.
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Well, I don't care if the horse isn't already trained to jump, but it should be trained to ride well... I can train the horse to jump, myself ( with my friend's help ).

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Well, I don't care if the horse isn't already trained to jump, but it should be trained to ride well... I can train the horse to jump, myself ( with my friend's help ).
Well if you are wanting to "jump" right in 4-6 would be a good age to look for.
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Love the pun! OK, thanks for your help! Any jumping or buying tips?

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