Jumping horses too young.
Hey everyone, I posted a thread asking what classes I should enter my young horse in, not because I'm a newbie and inexperienced rider, I asked because I wanted different opinions. I already had her classes picked out, but I was unsure about the age limits, show experience, and crossovers, etc. Yes, I have a 3-year-old ottb that is jumping. POLES AND CROSS RAILS, every other week. I am not jumping my horse 2' or 2'6, I am trotting her over 8 inches. She is literally going right into the canter when I get on her because she wants to work. I would not be working her over "jumps" if I knew she wasn't ready.
I have seen many people jump 3 - 4-year-old horses 3'6 and not have long term injuries, I'm not saying it is okay in any way shape or form, but they did not get hurt, and they did it occasionally, and the horse wanted too. Some horses love to work, get ridden and jump and have fun, some don't. But if you know your horse and your horses' limits, then I don't see a problem as long as the horse or rider will not get injured.
So this was all to ask you guys what you think, and if I am disagree with my training methods or agree on some level. Thank you.