Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Southern California
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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