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post #1 of 7 Old 02-18-2012, 04:48 AM Thread Starter
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How does age affect a jumper?

I was just looking at horses online for fun and I came across one that is 14 but was started at the age of 9, I'm just curious how this horses age may affect it (as a 13yr old it was jumped 1.30m) but would it still be like most older horses in a few years where they can't do as much? Or because he was started so late would he be able to compete till an older age?

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post #2 of 7 Old 02-19-2012, 12:12 AM
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Jumpers usually compete well in to their teens. The fact that he was started later will mean he has a far less chance of injury due to stress on joints, but it also means he won't be as far in to training as a normal horse his age would be.
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Ok thanks

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post #4 of 7 Old 02-20-2012, 06:37 AM
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A horse from over here, Ringwould Jaguar, competed at the Olympics in eventing until age.. 18 I think it was. Jumping is something they seem to be able to do as long as they are still sound :)
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post #5 of 7 Old 02-20-2012, 08:59 PM
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Yeah, I've known some people that jumped their horses into their twenties.. As long as they're sound, I don't see an issue.
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post #6 of 7 Old 02-20-2012, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
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That's what I was thinking but I wasn't sure because my friend has a 17yr old who used to be able to jump 3'9 when he was younger but now he can only do 3' but that being said he does have the ocaissional back pain, I guess it depends on the horse

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post #7 of 7 Old 02-22-2012, 10:49 PM
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Depends on the horse. Some horses fall apart much faster then others. Starting him so late gives him a better chance of staying sound longer, but he could be a conformational nightmare or have bad feet etc. One of the horses I'm riding now is an 18 year old ex-Grand Prix horse. He's been shown and jumped extensively in his life and currently on very little supplements. We've been jumping 3"6 and he's sounder then a lot of younger guys!
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