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How young is too young to start jumping/pole work?

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        05-17-2013, 08:55 PM
    Ok, I am definitely not planning on jumping them when they are only two, I'm not even riding them yet!!!
    One of them has been led over poles without any issues so they should take kindly to jumping.
    A Kaimanawa is a breed of horse that comes from the Kaimanawa Ranges in New Zealand. They are a carefully managed wild horse. Kaimanawas are usually very surefooted with intelligence and a good work ethic. They are often talented jumpers, the pony that won pony of the year new zealand, Watch Me Move was a full Kaimanawa.
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        05-17-2013, 09:08 PM
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    My almost six year old mare isn't allowed to jump over 2 ft 3 per me. She's about 15 h 2 and a quarter.
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        05-18-2013, 03:52 AM
    Well, the ponies arrived today, very pretty but very immature.
    I think they are underweight so I am feeding them up a bit.
    Link to photos below.
    As they look a lot younger than rising 3 I will probably not jump them for ages yet so I can give them some time to grow and fill out.
    BTW, I'm riding a 6yr old 16.1hh TB for a friend and he is allowed to jump anything (we are only jumping small occasionally though as he is very unfit and I want to build his fitness slowly).
        05-18-2013, 01:08 PM
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        05-18-2013, 01:21 PM
    My old gelding was started jumping as a fresh 3yo. He is now a 10yo pasture pet with arthritis in his hocks that is so severe that his right hock is fused and his left hock is 80% fused. He's a 14.2hh Arab/NSH cross.
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        05-20-2013, 10:58 AM
    At 3/3.5 years I introduce pole work and then start jumping over low fences at four. Once they are 5 they can jump over 2'6".

    That being said, I don't generally jump my horses even once a week. Sure they will have hard weeks during show season, but in off time they don't jump much.
        05-22-2013, 08:17 PM
    Thankyou for your help and comments, All the ponies have been led over poles before at a walk.
    I have backed Cornflake (11hh) and Kanuka (13hh) and they have each had a 2 minute walk down the driveway bareback in a halter and were very settled so that was easy!!
    I'll give them a couple of days off before I ride again as they are so young.
    I'm going to start lungeing them over poles at the end of this year and small jumps (30cm) late next year but Kanuka and Dawn will probably have been sold by then.

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