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post #11 of 16 Old 08-07-2009, 10:38 AM
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I think age 4-5 is a good age.
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post #12 of 16 Old 08-07-2009, 01:23 PM
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I think a 3 yr old should be limited to jumping only with a professional so that it is only done for the horses benefit, not just for fun. Also, you want a solid foundation in jumping and this is the ground floor. I'm not saying you aren't capable of jumping the horse or are doing anything wrong in its training, but a horse that young should only be jumped lightly, and if at all possible by someone who will truly improve the horses ability over jumps. It's hard to explain exactly what I mean, but with a young horse you should limit a session to as few jumps as it takes to teach the lesson, and a professional is best suited to this. If you make a mistake not only will you have to correct the problem, but it will probably take more jumps to establish the right way of doing things. If there is no trainer present and you are the horses only way of introduction to the job that will be required, then be careful to limit your jumping to only what is neccesary for experience purposes and not jump just for fun at this age, there will be plenty of time for that when your horse is older. Otherwise low fences at this age are acceptable, but I wouldn't start until about half way through their three year old year.

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Thanks all for the input. She's not going to be jumped over anything higher than 8"12" for at least a year. I myself think anything higher than that is just too much. We're just going to watch her like a hawk and go really slow with her. Again, she's not my horse but she really is amazing! She really seems to enjoy the little challange. Below is some info about her and I attached a picture of her but I think the picture is of when she was a 2 year old.

Sacred Style aka Jewel is a 2006 APHA Palomino breeding stock mare sired by World and Congress Champion, Kids Classic Style and out of daughter of Perpetualism, Superior halter mare. Kids Classic Style is a two time World Champion and producer of many World Champions. Jewel has 11 World, Reserve World, or National Champions on her papers. Jewel is the 2007 Grand Champion, high point yearling filly. 08 UPHA Grand Champion high point halter, mares and geldings two and three. Marquette County Fair Reserve Grand Champion. Grand Champion halter, state fair 08. 39 APHA halter PAC credits. COR award.
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post #14 of 16 Old 08-07-2009, 02:10 PM
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My horse is still a baby. He's four. I just started him over trot poles, cavelittes, and every once in a while a small x. I also don't ride him everyday. He is ridden about 3-4 times a week at the most. If you ride a young horse too much, they can get very sore backs and then you have a lameness issue. He also gets a wash down with horse lingement to make sure that he stays soft and supple with no ouchies. I want Timmy to stay in good shape for the many, many years that I own him. I don't need a stupid mistake now to mess us up later on down the road.
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post #15 of 16 Old 08-07-2009, 02:11 PM
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poles only, and work a lot with flying lead changes. wait till its four before jumping.. ;)

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post #16 of 16 Old 08-07-2009, 02:35 PM
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Honestly I like the way my sister is doing it with her young horse. He was broken as a 2 1/2 year old (my opinion on this, it depends on the horse. He was "horse shaped" and not "baby shaped" and all sessions were short and basically twice a week) and as a 3 year old did a lot of basic dressage with trot poles. Later into his 3 year old year they free jumped him over some grids (took him up to 3'6" and that was as high as it went) so he could figure it out and develop some muscles. Also he started doing raised trot poles and developing more muscle, which was a touch and go thing as he would just lose a lot of it as he grew. Even later he did small cross rails, which he didn't actually jump, just used as raised canter poles to learn striding and such (haha to give you an idea when we were free jumping him once he used a 2'9" jump as a raised trot pole). Now as he's 4 he's going to be doing <3' until he is 5, and then he will start jumping higher. That's the way I'm going to do it when I have a young horse, of course varying slightly depending on the horse.
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