Originally Posted by foxracing7469ab
ok that has nothing to do with my post...?? Why did you post that I am being serious about this.
She wrote that because you're about to get a bazillion comments on how very irresponsible (or uneducated) idea it is to 1) start a horse that young and 2) esp be thinking about jumping it at that age. Some will be nice, some may not. And she's going to sit back, eat her popcorn, and enjoy the show.
That being said.... it's not a great idea to 1) start a horse that young and 2) terrible idea to jump a horse that young.
A horse doesn't develop physically or mentally for a few more years, why are you so eager to get started right away? I don't believe in breaking horses until 3 and the very earliest I will start to jump a horse is very late 3 or 4, but generally well into their 4th year. With a two y/o I'd begin with desensitizing and ground manners (leading, clipping, loading into the trailer, tarps, plastic bags, etc). I don't think it's a terrible idea to teach it to wear a bridle or saddle. But you can do permenant damage to a horse by riding it that early. ESPECIALLY jumping that young! Their joints are still forming and developing and even small jumps (or even just lunging) creates a tremendous amount of strain. There are lots of jumping horses that break down physically (or even mentally) at an early age because people rushed and started them too young. Once your horse is broke, he must be going very well at a w/t/c, move off your legs, know both leads, be adjustable at all 3 gaits, etc etc before beginning his jumping training. Training is NOT something to be rushed. Please please please take a moment to rethink your plan with this guy.