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my horse is 13-14 years old, and i have him on the best glucosomine, chondrotin, devils claw and msm supplment i can buy, yet i still worry hes too old to be jumping decent height (2'6''-2'9'') jumps. he used to do eventing training level with his old owner so he probubly knows how just fine. i still worry so much i barely ever jump him over 2'. id like to do heigher though. maybe my worry that hes too old is because before i got him i used to train 3-5 year old arabs so i was used to young horses. i dont know lol
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do you guys think hes too old?
no major previous injuries, hes a 15hh QH
this is me jumping him 2' this previous summer
dont mind my silly jumping face, lol and i know i should be wearing proper riding clothes but it was really hot that day

 

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He's young! A 14 year old horse should still be in his prime. Beezie and Judgment kicked butt at the 2008 Sporthorse Cup and he was 17. As long as you take good care of him, he should be perfectly sound for a good long time yet.
 

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judgement is my favourite champion horse ever! lol(i finally got to meet him at spruce meadows last summer!) ya, i jumped a 20 yr old horse (only like, 2 feet) but he was going strong. he will tell you when he cant do it anymore! hes cute i like him
 

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Thank you!
i think im worried too bc i know a girl who bought a 14.1hh 16ish y/o pony and evented him alot at 3'3'' and jumped him alot at that height and now he's on and off lame, and will be for the rest of his life and their trying to sell him and no one wants him, and i feel really bad for the pony and i dont want to make their mistake
 

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Bear is 14 and is trained/competed at 3', though since he is out of shape he cant right now (that is our summer goal). He could go higher probably if I got him in really good shape and had him on joint supps.

Junior, my old horse, before I sold him as a trail horse was doing 3'-3'3 and was loving it. Guess how old he was... 20! He was coursing 2'3 and could have gone up to 2'9.

As long as the horse doesnt have a bunch of joint problems and is on supplements it will be fine to go over 3'+. =] Just make sure to not rush things and get your horse in shape before heading at a 3' fence. Do lots of Gymnastics too, that way he will get those knees even and will be a careful jumper.

Good luck!

PS: What you asked is not a stupid question.
 

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Oh yeah, and it might be a good idea to get shoes your horse, as it will help absorb shock when landing a jump. =] Junior was barefoot, but he also had bad hooves so it was hard to keep shoes on him...

No hoof, no horse. ;]
 

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right now i have shoes on all 4 feet and studs for the ice. last summer i just had front shoes on him, and he will always need at least shoes on the front due to a hoof problem.
 

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oh more more question, im mainly a dressage rider, but i enjoy jumping too. i only jump 1 or 2 times a week, and sometimes not at all in a week. is that okay do you guys think?
 

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jumping 1-2 times a week is just fine !
 

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I was jumping a pony that was nearly in her 30s over 2foot 6 fences and she's still going strong from what I've heard. Like other have said he's in his prime so should be able to cope.
 
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