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post #1 of 13 Old 07-07-2009, 02:18 AM Thread Starter
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Jumping too young?

It never really hit me until now BUT...
When I bought my gelding (16 hh Appy, don't know if the breed makes any difference but whatever) he was 5 years old and jumping up to 3'9... I have no idea how long he was jumping beforehand but what do you guys think, was he started on it too young? Jumping to high too young? All I know is that I, personally, wouldn't start a horse until they were in their older 3's or even 4 years old and if he was doing so much at 5... I have to wonder!
What do you guys think?
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post #2 of 13 Old 07-07-2009, 04:38 AM
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well my hoss was brokeenn in at 1 and a halff n was jumping 4ft at 2 looool
Soo I wouldn't really worry haaa
He's 4 now and he's an amazing jumper... if onli I had the confidence :(

Hhaaa but yeaahh I think ppl worry too much with horsee reli if they didn't wanna do it they would refuse init ;)
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^ The issue isn't the horses not wanting to do it, the issue is having your horse break down way too early.

If your horse is only 4, it's still too early to tell what long term effects riding and jumping so early will have. If I have to guess, it's not going to be pretty.

To the OP: Perhaps a little bit too much too young, but there's nothing you can do about it now. Just look after him, and that's all you can do.

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Jazz, you will regret doing that when he's older and needs the cartalige.

Horses bones don't finish fusing until they are 4-6 so it's best to wait.
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Am I fine with continuing it? We're not going very high right now... Anywhere from 2 feet to 2'6... and I know that a lot of people have horses jumping higher at five.
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That's fine Five is old enough for smaller jump heights
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All of our horses are started over cross rails being the earliest is 4, but always make sure they are mentally and physically mature.
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I started my horse over small cross rails a few months before he turned 4. He has now just turned 5 and is jumping 2'6" courses and I have jumped him over an OCCASIONAL 2'9". He is 16.2hh so it wasn't a big deal for him. My trainer thinks he should be doing more but I want to take it slow with him. I think I have brought him along at a good pace and in my opinion jumping over 3' as a 5 year old is wayyy too much. But then again the young horse eventing series for 4 and 5 year old horses jump around 3'
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I personaly don't start course work until about 5 1/2 or 6yrs od age. My friend poped her 5yr old over jumps here and there but never course work. He just turned 4 and she's doing I believe 2' or 2'3" courses now.

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He may have also just been really good at it, it may not be that he was jumping really young, but that the height didn't matter, so they let him jump bigger. 5 is about the age young jumpers with mucho talent can start to jump bigger, I think, but it's true that you should wait till they are about 4 before going above cross rails and that's on the young side. I wouldn't school over 3 ft often, but I can't hurt to have some fun once in a while, as long as both of you are enjoying it. Bigger than 3'6 at 5 is dangerous IMO.

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