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post #1 of 15 Old 05-09-2011, 04:00 AM Thread Starter
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2 y filly free jumping, any talent?

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In this video is my KWPN/Latvian sporthorse bred 2 years old filly free jumping. Comments about her talent, techique and gaits?
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Hmm. As others on this forum have stated, jumping a horse that high that young is extremely bad for their joints. The average age is about 4.

How long has she been jumping?

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Hi horsesroqke,

We start free jumping young horses the winter when they turn 2 years and excercise it 0-1 time/month. The fences are max. 100 cm (3.2 ft?). We continue these excercises until the horse is saddle trained and starts to excercise jumping with a rider. This happens approx. the winter the horse turns 4 years.

This is the training method for sporthorses in most European countries. These free jumpings are often organized by breeding associations and/or studbooks and are open for 2-3 years old horses.
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Hmm. As others on this forum have stated, jumping a horse that high that young is extremely bad for their joints. The average age is about 4.

How long has she been jumping?
I agree that the horse is too young to be jumping. I've always thought that they should wait until they are 5 yo. Their growth plates are still changing until then and can be damaged by jumping.

Elara - 100 cm is almost 4 ft. Just because the breeders and everyone else is doing it, doesn't mean it's right. Just like when horses are raced at 1 1/2 yo. People do it but that doesn't mean it doesn't hurt the horse.

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Hi horsesroqke,

We start free jumping young horses the winter when they turn 2 years and excercise it 0-1 time/month. The fences are max. 100 cm (3.2 ft?). We continue these excercises until the horse is saddle trained and starts to excercise jumping with a rider. This happens approx. the winter the horse turns 4 years.

This is the training method for sporthorses in most European countries. These free jumpings are often organized by breeding associations and/or studbooks and are open for 2-3 years old horses.

I think what you're doing is fine. To get your horse registered in the studbook for jumping they are required to be able to free jump at age 3. The height they jump is about 3 feet. Free jumping the horse once a month, is not going to hurt it.

With that said...I think your horse looks really nice going over the fences. She shows a lot of potential. I also think about 90% of warmbloods that are bred for jumping, have a natural form over the jumps.

Good luck with her, she seems like a really nice horse
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Hmm. As others on this forum have stated, jumping a horse that high that young is extremely bad for their joints. The average age is about 4.

How long has she been jumping?
She asked for a critique on the horse not IF the horse should be jumping.

That stated I think she definitely shows a lot of talent!
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She looks very confident and really enjoying herself! Take it easy on her in these early years and she could have a great career ahead of her!

Love the arena, too, BTW.

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In this video is my KWPN/Latvian sporthorse bred 2 years old filly free jumping. Comments about her talent, techique and gaits?

I am reading this wrong, correct? I read that this 2yo is bred. It is really saying that her breeding was done to make a sport horse, right?
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I am reading this wrong, correct? I read that this 2yo is bred. It is really saying that her breeding was done to make a sport horse, right?
Lol, yes she was bred to be a sporthorse.


I think she has lovely movement. I love the suspension in her trot. She has nice form and is quick over the fences. I think she could be a pretty competitive showjumper once she's finished. She definetly has enough scope to jump the bigger jumps. Have fun with that one

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I am reading this wrong, correct? I read that this 2yo is bred. It is really saying that her breeding was done to make a sport horse, right?
I think she means that the filly in the video was born two years ago, not that she has been bred.


The horse looks lovely over jumps, but I am in agreement, she is too young to be doing that height.
I believe it is normal to free jump a 3 yr old up to 100cm.


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She asked for a critique on the horse not IF the horse should be jumping.

That stated I think she definitely shows a lot of talent!
Oh well, that's how it goes when you ask for a critique. You might not ask for a critique of hooves, but if they are in poor shape, you will likely hear about it.
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