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post #1 of 21 Old 07-25-2010, 05:23 AM Thread Starter
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Jumping a 3yo OTTB ...

What are your thoughts on this? I personally disagree with jumping a horse at this age. A girl I know has recently purchased a TB, off the track, for her first horse. She is jumping small cross bars I believe, and has now entered him in a show jumping competition! She has apparently sort 'professional' advice and 'its okay'. So I don't know what type of professional advice has been given to her, or by WHOM. She is doing the mini round at the SJ and is being told by another girl that 'you can jump way higher, just work up to it!' - some people clearly shouldn't be horse owners!
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post #2 of 21 Old 07-25-2010, 06:14 AM
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yer i agree with you i dont like the idea of jumping at that age...
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I don't like to jump a horse before their 4yr old .

T-breds do mature faster than most breeds and if its small jumps she wont be doing anymore damage than the horse would of received as a racing 2yr old.

Its more the lack of training that will harm / Hinder that horse.

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I think jumping ages really do depend on the horse. His growth plates may not be fully healed over and she could be risking further damage for her horse. Today people treat horses as something disposeable and that's why we have such an excess of horse flesh. People just dump there horses once they've served there purpose
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post #5 of 21 Old 07-25-2010, 09:25 AM
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I wouldn't jump a horse that young. I jumped my young horse as a rising five year old, and I took it slow - only 60cm or so.

A riding school next to where I used to agist was big on showjumping. Some of the girls would buy three year olds and this one particular girl was jumping 1.2m before the horse was four. By the time she was five she was pulling up lame.

I know some people get vets or something out to check or xray their knees or something before they start jumping. I guess if that turned out okay for a young one then it would be okay?

I don't know. So many people push their horses for too much too soon and the horse starts to go sour or sore.

You can't tell someone else what to do though, there are different schools of thought to how you should train horses and people are going to have different beliefs about what is right. Its hard with horses, seeing people and thinking you know better, but remember people probably look at you like that too, you can only make the best choices you can, and hope that you can lead by experience.
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post #6 of 21 Old 07-25-2010, 05:06 PM
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I don't agree with jumping a 3 year old. I think that she should wait another year minimum to jump him. I wouldn't be so bad if she was free jumping him, but he's too young to be jumped under saddle.
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post #7 of 21 Old 07-26-2010, 12:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Shalani View Post
T-breds do mature faster than most breeds and if its small jumps she wont be doing anymore damage than the horse would of received as a racing 2yr old.
I disagree. If they do mature faster it's by such a small amount that it's negligible. American bred Thoroughbreds are especially notorious for having less bone density, therefore any amount of regular jumping until they've developed the correct muscles and their bone plates have fused is detrimental. Why do you think most horses stop racing when they're 4-6 years old? They can't handle the stress on their bodies. I can understand jumping once every other week or so as a 3 year old, but even then I think that's iffy. The owner should be far more focused on developing a solid dressage foundation and be doing a lot of groundwork to make sure the horse is prepared to be jumped regularly when it's older and fully matured.

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post #8 of 21 Old 07-26-2010, 01:04 AM
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Ironically, Thoroughbred mature SLOWER which is probably why so many break down. They, much like stock breeds, have been bred to APPEAR "fast maturing" and it's a lark. No horse has ever fully matured before the age of 6, and the taller the breed, the longer it takes for everything to fully fuse.

In virtually every breed, the leg joints are fused between 2-3 years old. So if a racehorse makes it to that age without damage, they may have a shot at not breaking down due to joint issues (or having them in a later career). HOWEVER - racing tends to not be as hard on the spine, where jumping is and the spine is the very last thing to fuse.

So jumping a 3 year old Thoroughbred is probably even stupider then racing it.

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^Lol MM. I love your posts. xD

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post #10 of 21 Old 07-26-2010, 08:46 AM
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Depends also on the horse some get bored in the early days of work and relisih a challenge some need more time. I do jump all of them on the lunge at 3 and they love it......only small fences tho
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