Originally Posted by Quixotic
The upper level eventer that I used to work for was competing a 4yr old sales horse at Training level, & would have moved her up to Prelim if it was legal. She was schooling her over 4ft fences. Did I agree with this? No. But that doesn't mean people don't push their horses too far at a young age in order to turn a profit faster.
And actually, YEH competitions are allowed to max out at 3'3" for 4yr olds & 3'7" for 5yr olds.
I'd be interested to know if she would compete her own horse at that height at that age. WHen I was looking in FL for a new horse, I saw tons of sale ads advertising 4yo jumping 4ft. The trainers get their babies jumping high fast so they can get a quicker sale for more money - "Hey, this 4yo is so talented that he is jumping 4 ft already!" Doesn't matter if the horse breaks down or is on joint injections by 13 because they already got their money.