How high should a 12 year old jump?

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How high should a 12 year old jump?

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    01-27-2013, 07:56 PM
Question How high should a 12 year old jump?

Im twelve and I jump about 4' how high do you think I should be jumping, is it too low, too high, or just right?
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    01-27-2013, 08:21 PM
Seems quite high for someone your age.
    01-27-2013, 08:24 PM
It does seem a bit high, but if your trainer/coach/riding instructor thinks that you are ready to jump at that height then more power to ya! However, if you are doing it just to push yourself (not that I am saying you are by any means :) ) take a step back and ask yourself why you want to jump that high... If it is because you are ready, and I mean really ready, then go for it. But if it is because you just want to see if you can do it then I wouldn't. It isn't about high high you can jump but about how WELL you can jump :) just my two cents
    01-27-2013, 08:24 PM
I grew up riding and lived on a ranch for most of my life. Moved just last year. My instuctor has been with me forever she told me to try it and said I did well now just have to work on form!:)
    01-27-2013, 08:58 PM
I would go on ability and experience. Age shouldn't matter.
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    01-27-2013, 11:34 PM
From what I gathered from this, your trainer pointed you at a 4ft jump and said go? How much experience do you have? Was it a one time thing? Age really doesn't matter all that much, it's all about the experience..
    01-27-2013, 11:56 PM
Keeping in mind that there is a line where you need to be a certain age before having a certain amount of experience.
    01-28-2013, 12:11 AM
The kind of accuracy necessary, the kind of horse necessary, and the kind of riding skill necessary for someone that regularly negotiates a 4 foot fence, to even be asking this kind of question... makes me think... hmmmm I don't think so.
    01-28-2013, 12:19 AM
I think there's a large difference between being able to jump a 4ft line or a single 4ft vertical, and it's lovely that you can do so! I can honestly say that if my coach set me a line / grid with a 4ft finish I'd be able to do it without hesitation, we've done 3'9 without a hitch so why not? That said... I couldn't navigate a 4ft course, I just don't have enough experience, and I've been riding longer than you've been alive, so I'm going to give you a word of caution- just because you've jumped a 4ft fence, please please do not try to do it again on your own. It's very different and chances are you'll get yourself hurt.
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    02-05-2013, 11:17 AM
4' or 4"?
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