I’d like to give you a concussion
Weird post title, right? Did it grab your attention? Make you click a link to read it? Pick at your curiosity until you just had to find out what the frak the crazy girl was talking about today?
GOOD! Job well done me! Ok, time to go home.
Crap. Right, haven’t written anything yet.
Without further adieu, I give thee (pause for dramatic effect) repetitive concussion on a 3 year old’s knees! (applause)
Lily is a 3 year old TB mare; she is broke to ride and relatively calm. Lily is started to fences jumping at 2 foot 6 with a rider and 3 foot free jumping. Lily has been started English however has gone Western a couple of times. She is requiring a more experienced rider to continue her training; she just recently has become a little faster passed. She does have a 10 yr. old girl who rides her on a lung line and is good with her. She is not the typical hot TB however she has her moments. With time she will be a great kid’s horse. She is starting to accept the bit, and getting better in her transitions. Lily has a very slight club foot, however she is sound. She stands 15 hands (approx.) she really has a great attitude. She is easy to load, falls asleep when being clipped and is pretty good when having a bath. She is good for farrier, as I said a 10 yr. old tacks her up and does all that stuff, she is patient. Please contact me with offers on this beautiful girl.
Ps. this horse is for sale in Alberta, Canada (this’ll be relevant information later on!)
While there is no hard and fast rule for when to start a horse jumping, I’m pretty confident in saying that it ain’t at 3 years old – at least not 2’6″. If you want to vary your training curriculum, some trot poles and maybe an “x” here and there can be great things! But to be jumping your 3 year old 2’6″ with a rider and 3″ free is insanity! You’re not just asking for joint issues, you’re going out to the department store and obtaining an ironclad rain check. Even taking into consideration the fact that this mare is a Thoroughbred doesn’t excuse the owner’s disregard for the musculoskeletal structure of a young, developing horse.
Not interested in taking my word for it? (That’s ok, neither would I.) Then check out this forum and this one for other opinions. Not interested in opinions? Ok, here’s a well laid out article on growth plates and their general timeline for fusing.
The general opinion these days seems to be that because Thoroughbreds are raced from a young age it’s alright to start them for regular riding around the same time. WRONG-O! Does no one remember that racing Thoroughbreds carry jockeys? Little, tiny people who weigh all of 115 pounds. No offense to the woman riding in the picture, but I doubt she weighs 115 pounds.
What’s this? Another sale picture? Why wasn’t it included with the above?
Hmm, looks to me like this photo was taken on a nice, sunny day. What’s that you say? There aren’t many of those in Alberta during the winter? Well maybe they got lucky. Hold the phone! She looks to be riding in an open field – shouldn’t it be muddy and show evidence of a massive influx of liquid, either by way of rain or snow? Jump back! You mean to tell me that they were jumping last summer! When the horse was a mere 2.5 year old?! Shut the front door!
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you yet another asshat who doesn’t know when to leave well enough alone. One thing is for sure, taking your horse’s training slowly, allowing them to grow and mature, and letting their young muscles properly develop isn’t going to do them any harm in the long run – can the same be said for rushing a horse’s training?
[personal note: I think the word applause looks like “apple sauce”]