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  • Can a five year old horse jump
  • 4 year old quarter horse too young?

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    02-19-2012, 02:44 PM
  #1
Foal
Too young to jump?

I have a 4 year old quarter horse who I started as a barrel horse but absolutely hated it. However, she loves to jump but I'm worried she's still a little bit too young as I've heard not to start her over jumps until she's 5. She's still going to need a lot of ground work english before she's really ready, but would I damage her joints by taking her over small x-rails? She's never going to be a big jumper so I was wondering if it was okay to start jumping her over smaller stuff before she's five.

Also what boots do you think would help minimize the stress on her legs?
Thank you!
     
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    02-19-2012, 03:14 PM
  #2
Weanling
I would say as long as you are jumping small jumps and not jumping like everyday or anything it should be fine to jump a 4yo. I try not to jump any horse more than 1-2 times per week at max and that is important too for a horse who is that young. I hope this is helpful to you :) Good luck with her!
     
    02-19-2012, 03:18 PM
  #3
Yearling
Hmm... I'd say for the jumping I'd actually wait till she was about 6 to jump above 18'. I've heard that's when their legs fully flush out and are really mature, and jumping is unnatural for any horse, since in the wild they would find any resort except for jumping. But small crossrails? I believe you can probably start doing that now. With any horse, no matter the age, you do want to make sure your groundwork is going well before jumping though! I would just avoid 2' and up untill she was at least five. If it was me, I'd probably be trotting and cantering 18' crossrails now, then 18' verticals when she mastered that. When she hit five I might grow up to 1'6 verticles, then if she showed she was strong and able, go to 2'. But that's just me :p
     
    02-19-2012, 03:18 PM
  #4
Weanling
I would say keep things light. No high jumps and definitely keep the work during a week to a minimum. You have the rest of her life to push her, so keep things slow for now. Good luck!
     
    02-21-2012, 03:07 AM
  #5
Yearling
This is the perfect time to keep your mare "low miles" and make jumping fun. This will allow her to trust you, as well as herself over each and every fence. We get a lot of beautiful horses imported from Europe, all of which are jumped well into the meters by the time they are four. This has resulted in horses that are still very unsure, and an unhealthy amount of slamming on the breaks at the base of a fence. Smaller fences and grids will help keep her mind sharp, as well as keeping her fit. I personally see no problem with introducing a 4 year old to jumping... as long as it's modest and correct.
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    02-21-2012, 10:45 AM
  #6
Trained
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Originally Posted by xJumperx    
Hmm... I'd say for the jumping I'd actually wait till she was about 6 to jump above 18'. I've heard that's when their legs fully flush out and are really mature, and jumping is unnatural for any horse, since in the wild they would find any resort except for jumping. But small crossrails? I believe you can probably start doing that now. With any horse, no matter the age, you do want to make sure your groundwork is going well before jumping though! I would just avoid 2' and up untill she was at least five. If it was me, I'd probably be trotting and cantering 18' crossrails now, then 18' verticals when she mastered that. When she hit five I might grow up to 1'6 verticles, then if she showed she was strong and able, go to 2'. But that's just me :p
actually joints in the legs are done around 3.5 years
     
    02-21-2012, 10:55 AM
  #7
Green Broke
Rappwallach Hannoveraner Springpferd Earl Grundstein Furioso Emirates

4yo, jumping L class which is around 1m25...
     
    02-21-2012, 11:29 AM
  #8
Trained
Wow that's a nice looking horse ! Jumping a bit high for my taste as a 4yo. Its not a stallion is it ?
     
    02-21-2012, 11:32 AM
  #9
Green Broke
No, gelding ;)

I was just trying to prove a point that horses at 4yo are jumping those heights. I'm no jumper so can't say what they should/ shouldn't be jumping. I know 3yo/4yo auction horses free jump impressive heights too...and he's going for the big bucks... 25,000 out here for a horse is rather expensive! That sort of money means your horse is going to reach top level.

He was just one of many that I did a basic search from 3,5years - 4,5 years.
     
    02-21-2012, 11:40 AM
  #10
Trained
Thats pretty crazy ! I was going to do the young event horse with my mare. 4yo need to jump 3ft though, and I thought that was too high. I stayed at 2ft-2ft3 with her when she was 4.
     

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