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kay. so i got a new horse. a paint. hes an upcoming 4 year old. he'll be 4 on june.3. so heres the thing. i have recently found out that throughtout his 3 year old year....he has been jumped. about 10 times..nothing above a foot. she said at max 1.5-2 foot jump once in woods.
well i would like to jump him when he turns four. nothing above 3 foot. once a week..if thatt.

well my question is what do you think of them jumping him before?? how messed up do you think hell be. what kinda problems do you think he will have?
(p.s. i didnt know what category to put in under so i picked this one! sorry for any inconvience)

oh and i have him on joint supplements. the smartpak one. i think smartjoint mantience. and a hoof supplement. smart hoof.
if that helps??
 

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I'm fairly conservative and save jumping for 5 yrs old when hopefully all their growth plates are mature. Popping over a log on the trail is fine but not repetitive jumps over and over in the arena. Too hard on those growing legs. I want my horse to last. When we bought our paint, he was 5 and had been being jumped daily, up to 3 feet. On his vet check, the vet noted developing splints, puffy areas. After about 6 mos., his legs looked so much better! Congrats on your new horse BTW. Pictures??
 

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I suggest focusing on balance, carriange, extension, collection and striding over poles and small crossrails until he's about 5 years old and then feel free to reach 3' after age 6 and then he'll be fully grown and his bones will be fully formed. But work on the basics and when you get to that 3' jump, it'll be great because you both will be so ready for it.
(I've helped train two ponies since they were two, they're now ten)

And of course, one thing you must do... Pictures!!!
 

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One thing to add - by saying "small crossrails", I'm not saying a foot. Small crossrails could be small verticals but I suggest nothing too much higher than 2'. If 2' in the arena gets boring, go 2' cross country. Cross country hacking is great for his balance and your balance. So yeah.

And I stand by my lasst thing... Pictures!!! Hehe.
 

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do you guys think he will have any health problems because of the jumping earlier on..

and pics :)
 

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Awwww, he's cute!!!!! I want him. :D

He shouldn't have any health problems due to early jumping, but if jumped improperly, he could end up with joint problems later on but its highly unlikely. Just keep the jumps smaller than 3' until his bones are all fused together.

But now, I want more pictures :D he's too adorable not to stare at!
 

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He is very cute. I agree with all the above. If he hasn't really been jumped much, and its been small stuff, there shouldn't be any issues later on joint wise, as long as you give him time to let him finish growing. Right now the focus should definately be on balance, and knowing where his feet are, and where the rider is. I have a friend who couldn't start jumping her horse til she was about 7 because she was so unbalanced, especially as a slow growing warmblood, that she needed those extra years of good flat work to really be able to find out where her feet were. She's doing awesome now, about 5 years down the road, and has no joint issues. Waiting another couple of years before you do much if any jumping is in the horse's best interest. I know someone around here who sells horses that at 3 and 4 years of age are theoretically jumping 3' courses. I've known a couple from 4 or 5 years ago, and they have some major joint issues now, because of early jumping. I'm glad to see that you are concerned, and are wanting to do what is best for the horse. :)
 
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