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post #1 of 4 Old 05-10-2010, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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Is it okay to keep jumping my 19 yr old ?

My horse Trixie is 19 years old. I just got her a few months ago.
She is in REALLY good shape for her age, she still looks and acts like a 10 year old.
I only ride her 3-4 times a week because of her age.
I was wondering if I should keep jumping her ?
She used to jump 4ft courses with her old owner,
but the last few years hasn't really done much jumping.

if I stuck with small courses, nothing over 2ft6, would she be okay ?
I wouldn't be competing or anything, it would just be for fun.
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post #2 of 4 Old 05-10-2010, 09:53 PM
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as long as shes sound & happy, go for it !

my boy is 21 & in good shape. he still fox hunts in first field & jumps anything. i dont jump him as often as i jump the other horses, or as high [on a regular basis, if a bigger jump comes up hunting we go for it]

im sure she will tell you when she is ready to stop =]

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Believe it or not, my guy is 21 years old, *just don't tell him*. He Fox Hunts, and he is an Eventer. He's 21 turning 2.

There is nothing wrong with keeping your senior mount active and doing the things they enjoy! If I stopped Eventing, Fox Hunting and riding Nelson, he would become very depressed, because it is his passion.

But it is about how much you do, because a horse only has so much jump in them *I for instance only jump once a week* I focus moreso on Conditioning *hacking* and dressage.

My Guy is also on suppliments. He is getting Adequan once a month and is also on an Oral to keep his hocks and his ankles and knee's comfortable.

We're moving to Novice, and plan on ending our season at Training Level.

Ride on and stay safe!

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post #4 of 4 Old 05-10-2010, 10:26 PM
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I can't remember which olympics in the 80's it was, but the average age of all the horses competing was 18. That means for every 9 or ten year old...there was a much older horse to balance it out. These are horses at the TOP of their game.

Your 19 year old would be just fine, and good for a good while as long as he stays sound.

BTW, if he is sound at 19....he will probably not have too many problems.
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