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post #11 of 21 Old 08-11-2010, 11:38 AM
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I agree that you shouldnt jump a horse that young. Even though they race them at a young age, thats how they develop leg injuries. Ive seen so many OTTB with leg injuries
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post #12 of 21 Old 08-15-2010, 02:11 PM
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I agree. Never jump a horse at 3. I would wait til 5. Besides the fact that the horse will probably break down at a young age after being raced as a 2 year old and jumped as a 3 year old, the horse can't have the foundation needed to jump with long term success. OTTBs are only taught to run, not much else. I hope she changes her mind and decides to go back to flatwork, dressage, etc.
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post #13 of 21 Old 08-18-2010, 06:05 PM
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My grandparents raise and race Standardbreds, and they refuse to race any of their horses before they are 3 so that they have more time to grow and actually fill out a bit....(Halter breaking them at 6 months to a year, harness breaking them at 2, then turning them back out). Growing up around racehorses my whole (short) life, I have seen lots of 2 yo's not come back to the track from being over raced, but plenty more coming back because they were properly brought along. That being said....if she isn't over doing it, and introducing SMALL cross rails and lots of trotting poles in her flat work, then there shouldnt be a problem with it. Jumping him every lesson, not such a good idea. 4 or 5 SMALL fences in a week....maybe sure. SJ competition, h e double hockey sticks no!
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post #14 of 21 Old 08-23-2010, 12:14 PM
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I'd wait until the horse is older. Work with ground poles and ground work. Then once the horse is older start to do small jumps.

Just because the persons horse raced doesn't mean they are ready to jump at a young age.
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post #15 of 21 Old 08-23-2010, 12:43 PM
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Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj View Post
Ironically, Thoroughbred mature SLOWER which is probably why so many break down.
This is what I always thought.
There is no way on earth I would be jumping a 3yr old, they need time to mature x
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post #16 of 21 Old 10-03-2010, 07:46 AM
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Yeh, probabl risky, but if its small, and stays small and until the are stronger, then i wouldnt say a lot of harm could be done... so long as they dnttpishh it too much
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post #17 of 21 Old 10-03-2010, 08:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Gidji View Post
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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Yeah the dumping part might be more true than you think. its just sad.
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post #18 of 21 Old 10-03-2010, 08:00 AM
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sorry double post.
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post #19 of 21 Old 10-03-2010, 10:09 AM
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I agree, so I'm just going to leave it at that so as to not repeat everything said above. I personally would only start jumping my horse at 6 years of age. And if I ever got an OTTB, I would wait at least 2 years before I think about jumping that horse, even if it is already say 8 years old, because an OTTB needs a lot of retraining before it can start with jumping.

If this girl is honestly clueless about the fact that what she is doing is very unwise - such as buying and jumping an OTTB - then I actually feel sorry for her and I am actually angry at the person/people busy teaching her to do this. If she is aware of what she is doing is not smart, but is still doing it, then she is responsible for what happens to her or the horse.

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post #20 of 21 Old 11-10-2010, 03:23 AM
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I must say, (as i have personally seen pictures of this girl jumping her horse) i find it terrible for her to be such a irresponsible owner. The poor horse is a mess with its legs, and it just looks wrong. He was NO idea what he is doing. He is just being pointed at a jump and forced over it. !!
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