How old is too old?

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    06-01-2009, 11:58 PM
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How old is too old?

Lacey learns really quickly so I've been trying to do mix things up for her and my most recent idea is to give her little tiny, around 1 foot, jumps to jump. I'm not thinking I'd be riding her as she jumps them, they'd just be something I'd have her do on the lunge line.
Since she is 24 do you think that would be a bad idea to introduce some jumping? She's in very good condition for being 24 but I don't want to compromise her longevity or her long term soundness.

What do you think? Thanks!
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    06-02-2009, 03:14 AM
Green Broke
I'm not entirly sure. I don't think some very small jumps would hurt on a lunge line. Maybe something irregular though. I'm not sure though, I guess I'll leave it up to the others.
    06-02-2009, 01:23 PM
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I was definitely thinking irregular, I wouldn't want her to get to expect it too much. =P
    06-02-2009, 01:31 PM
I think it depends on how sound and healthy the horse is. I would never jump a horse with arthritis or laminitis or ringbone or anything like that, obviously. You just have to be careful with older horses because they're more breakable than youngsters.

If Lacey's in good condition, I think 12 inch jumps would be okay. Just watch her for any signs of discomfort. Beezie still jumps Judgment at Grand Prix level and he's 17. It all depends on the horse's soundness and fitness.
    06-02-2009, 01:36 PM
Green Broke
Before jumping her, I would get a complete physical. Since she's an older horse, it's just a good idea to make sure she's completely capable of handling something like jumping. If the vet gives her the ok, then there is no reason why you can't jump her over some small stuff sometimes.

Just really watch her health... especially joint health.

Good luck!
    06-02-2009, 02:25 PM
I agree with eventerdrew - a physical would be a very good idea. When it comes to jumping older horses, you really have to go on a case-by-case basis. My horse is 22, & I can still jump him 3'6". We also used to have a gelding in our schooling program who I could still occasionally jump 3ft with up until he retired at the age of 30 (& he honestly could have kept going as a lower level jumper for several more years if his owner hadn't decided to retire & take him with her!). So it all really does just depend on the health of the individual horse.
    06-02-2009, 07:05 PM
Green Broke
If she is all sound, a little foot jump on a lounge really wouldn't hurt her, so I would go for it, my friend Jill compeated on Bingo at 22!
    06-02-2009, 08:18 PM
I agree with Jessabell and counter the need for a physical. Assuming at her age she has some sort of arthritis, 12" isn't going to really hurt her as horses pick up their feet that much to canter in the field, esp if the ground isn't perfectly level. No need for a physical as it should be pretty obvious if she's at all stiff or sore from it, to stop and not do anymore. Good luck and sounds like fun for her!
    06-02-2009, 08:38 PM
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She doesn't have any noticeable arthritis yet... I mean she's a little stiff sometimes but she easily get's through that with some serpentines and stuff.

I guess I'll try it and if she starts refusing or looking unhappy or anything like that I will definitely stop.

Thanks! And I will take getting her a physical into consideration becuase she is going to need one soon anyway...
    06-03-2009, 09:30 PM
See this horse?

Don't look at me, I don't EVER look like that, not even bareback. He looks awesome though.

He started to jump a year ago and he's 24. He jumps easily, and loves it. He jumps around 10 jumps a day at 3-4 times a week. The vet said he is exceptionally healthy and fit.

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