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How Old Can A Horse Jump up To?

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    10-04-2009, 02:50 AM
  #1
Banned
How Old Can A Horse Jump up To?

Can a 12 year old sound mini pony jump? Like this:
http://www.freewebs.com/weebiscuit/Pony%20Jump%202.jpg
     
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    10-04-2009, 02:52 AM
  #2
Weanling
The horse I jump is a 20 year old, sound, Canadian Thoroughbred. As long as they enjoy it and it isn't detramental to their health then it is fine. We are jumping up to 3 foot and he loves it, doesn't even phase him.
     
    10-04-2009, 06:43 PM
  #3
Trained
What a cute pony.

It isn't the age of the horse, it is how well the horse is taken care of and how well conditioned the horse is.

Jumping takes allot of strain on the horses joints, so proper conditioning is important, and proper care before and aftarwards is just as important.

Doesn't matter the size of the horse. Doesn't matter the age. Care, Condition, health is.
     
    10-04-2009, 09:21 PM
  #4
Banned
My horse was 26 and he was still jumping and loved it
     
    10-04-2009, 11:37 PM
  #5
Foal
Yup, one of the schoolies at my barn is like 25-26 now and can still jump a 2ft6 course with ease! He loves it, and even manages to sneak a few bucks in there sometimes too.
     
    10-05-2009, 12:43 PM
  #6
Weanling
Yeah one of the ladies that shows in my division rides a 24 year old gelding. He's sound and healthy and happy as can be. On the other hand, I have seen people have to retire their 8 year olds because are so broken down already that they can't do anything any more. Which is very sad and infuriates me.
     
    10-05-2009, 02:36 PM
  #7
Foal
I agree with MIeventer.

I jumped Thunder tell he was 28 yrs old. But He was in PERFECT health and didnt have ANY joint problems. Not even Arthritis. We Did Jump teams at a local barn and jumped 3' when he was 26.
     
    10-14-2009, 10:24 PM
  #8
Trained
My horse is over 20 & he can still do first field fox hunting for over 4 hrs =] it just depends on how hard they are jumped, their conformation, & how well you take care of their legs...also other injuries etc
     
    10-15-2009, 04:47 PM
  #9
Yearling
We have a pony that is very, very old. Not sure how old exactly, his owner claims he is 40+ but I sincerely doubt it, as she is only 7 and he really doesn't act that old or seem/look that old. Anyhow he jumps up to 4'0 or so and he loves it. (:
There's another that is 35+ and he has horrid feet but, he loves to work and is jumped a tiny bit and doesn't act like he's in pain.
     
    10-15-2009, 06:45 PM
  #10
Yearling
If the horse/pony ect enjoys what they do then fine keep jumping them and do what your doing but as soon as they start turning it in and they have had enough try a few more times still not working cos there old, I would give it a break. I jumped my 13.2hh untill it was 25. It was sound and loved what it did.
     

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