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    11-13-2010, 11:42 AM
Too old?

Is 21 too old to do really small jumps? My boy was trainned to jump but I don't really know how, but the trail we are going on may have some small branches down. Can my boy jump? Is he too old?
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    11-13-2010, 11:53 AM
If 21 is too old, can someone please let Nelson know for me?

    11-13-2010, 11:57 AM
The lesson horse I use, china, is about 21-22 and we jump..we only jump about 2'3 and probably wont go any higher with her but she is an awesome little jumper. I think he should be able too..saying he is in good shape and all

I love nelson ^^
    11-13-2010, 12:12 PM
There is no set age to stop jumping in my opinion, he will soon let you know if he wants to jump or not with his approach and body language. My old mare still loves jumping and will fly over them, just a shame she has more confidence than me!!
    11-13-2010, 12:13 PM
Heck, my 23-yr old GAITED Paso Fino gelding who is 14.3hh and about blind in one eye from uveitis jumps 2'9" for me. Just make sure you don't overjump him in the first few days as you just want to keep raising the bar to see how high he can go!
    11-16-2010, 04:27 PM
As long as he's happy, healthy, and can handle it, that's not too old.
My 19 year old gelding loves jumping, he thinks Dressage is boring. He's not showing signs of slowing down either. The only thing I've done is put him on a joint supplement to keep 'em healthy.
    11-17-2010, 03:48 PM
^ Agree with everyone else.
He'll let you know when he's ready to stop. I've recently ridden a 20 y/o and 22 y/o that could both EASILY be out competing at training level eventing still (about 3'3") and could probably go higher if they were left as just hunter/jumpers.
    11-17-2010, 03:54 PM
I was still jumping my dad's 35 year old gelding when we had to put him down due to colic. We definitely had to limit how high they were, and he wasn't the best jumper lol, but he did have a lot of fun. But I also had a 19 year old gelding that was my jumping horse, was doing up to 2'6" with him, but shortly after he turned 19, he started refusing fences, which he'd never done before. After he started refusing even the low ones, we got the hint, and sold him to a nice trail home. Obviously the jumping was getting painful for him, or he just plain got tired of it, and needed a change of scenery. I would have kept him, but I still wanted to jump. Just make sure you are paying attention to what your horse is telling you, but there is no reason why he can't jump.
    11-17-2010, 04:01 PM
One of my instructors lesson horses was 23 and was still able to jump, jumped well too.
    11-17-2010, 04:13 PM
Originally Posted by Luvs2jump    
As long as he's happy, healthy, and can handle it, that's not too old.
That covers it!

Nothing better than a been there done that horse to teach a rider the ropes.

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