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post #11 of 17 Old 11-17-2010, 03:21 PM
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There really is no age limit, every horse if different. I believe the horse will let you know when they are no longer interested, able or willing to jump. We just retired (from showing) the schoolmaster I spent my first year on, and he was 22 doing the 2'9"s. By the end of the season we could tell that he was getting tired and was ready to retire after a very sucsessful career. He still jumps at home once and a while - he much prefers that over flatwork anyday!
I know someone else who showed their horse up to the age of 25...they even came in champion at their very last show! So really it all depends on your horse.

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post #12 of 17 Old 11-17-2010, 05:24 PM
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Well this is 25 year old tb mare bubbles, who bolts TOWARDS jumps... Heaven help us if we try telling her no lol she loves it to much.
But in saying that she is very fit and aged very well (especially for a tb), whereas I have an 18 yr old tb mare, who has also aged very well, who probably can jump, but I dont jump her because of an old paddock injury, and she has an impossibly bouncy canter :L


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post #13 of 17 Old 11-18-2010, 02:30 PM
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my horse is 22 and still fox hunts which includes a lot of running and jumping =]

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post #14 of 17 Old 11-20-2010, 07:36 PM
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We have a really small pony so old no one knows her age anymore. It is guessed at around 47. Maybe more. Probably not less.

Anyway, she took her last jump of her life the beginning of this past summer. Our trainer finally decided she was getting too old and possibly too weak to jump. She's still allowed to go over ground poles, walk for as long as she wants, trot and canter lightly (not much of a problem because there is another pony of similar size who LOVES cantering, who happens to be 7.)

21 is not too old by any means. Have fun!

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post #15 of 17 Old 11-21-2010, 12:32 PM
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nope your horse will tell you I rode a 13.2hh 20 year old who was still jumping 2'6" although she was an amazing jumper, especially for her size!! In her younger years she could jump 5ft!! bless her haha

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post #16 of 17 Old 11-21-2010, 01:01 PM
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One of my coaches still jumps over a meter with a 19 yo Austrailian TB.....

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post #17 of 17 Old 11-22-2010, 02:20 AM
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oh boy i need my barn manager to see this thread! she wrote my trainer a nasty nasty email for having a 19 year old arab sport horse jumping cross rails with his owner. which they both (owner and horse) LOVED doing! Saying that it was inhumane to jump a horse that old. ridiculous!
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