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        07-08-2009, 01:07 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    My little paint is 4 years old, and he's only jumping 2'3 courses right now. Every once in awhile. As long as you aren't jumping more than 3', I think your horse should be fine.
         
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        07-08-2009, 01:38 PM
      #12
    Started
    Whenever I think of a young horse jumping it always brings me back to the movie black beauty.. 0_o
         
        07-08-2009, 01:47 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    I don't start jumping horses until they are 4... and even then... sometimes they aren't ready physically or mentally. My 3/4 TB 1/4 Shire mare wasn't mentally ready until she was 6, nor did she stop growing until then (topped out at nearly 17hh). I have seen a lot of very successful young horses jumping... and then five years later they break down. I just wouldn't push it.

    There's my two cents :)
         

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