Hey everyone!!! I'm new here and just thought i would ask some questions. I have a 16.2 hand quarter horse gelding that is 4 that i am going to start doing cross country jumping(im pure western never really did anything in english) all he has every done was the rodeos and trails. Does anyone know of a good cross country trainer in Colorado???? Also, i have a 19 month old that is 15.2 hands(quarter hrse) i have already been riding him some not to long cuz i dont want him to go sway back but he will do anything i want him to do and try his hardest once we actually start doing stuff and if he only get to 16 hands is he to small to do jumping? and is my 4 year old to small to do it too?
Hi, in my opinion these horses are too young to be jumping. The 19 month old for sure is too young to do anymore than ride around the pasture at a walk to practice, whoa, turning, etc. and more could be accomplished easier with ground driving. The danger is not swayback, but broken down legs.
Ditto on the age. And it's not just size but structure you have to worry about when jumping quarter horse. Many older style or halter type are too heavy in the front to do the type of jumping you are talking about for long with out ruining their front legs.
Hmmm.....was always under the impression (I worked for a large animal vet) that horses were not to even be broke (sat on, ridden) before 2 yrs of age, because their joints are not fully formed and solid yet.
I cant wrap my head around a quarter horse jumping either.....
But thats just me.
***Edited By: TraumaMamma on 1/8/2007 7:49:17 AM*** Reason: add
We have a QH mare here that is the reason you need to take it easy with both of your horses. She is 11 y/o and if she makes it through this winter she will be lucky, I seriously doubt she will make next winter. Both her rear knees are fused, the vet told us last year she was suffering from spavin. It is bad enough that it is effecting her hips now so she was not even fit for light riding by small children last summer. Trimming her hind hooves is a nightmare because she is so stiff.
What a sin, this is a mare with a really nice pedigree, going back on Doc O'Lena, and a lovely temperament. We will keep on monitoring her condition and giving her supplements until she starts loosing condition then do the most humane thing. All because somebody HAD to work her too hard, too young.
All that is fused (finished growing) in a 2 y/o are their pasterns, riding them at that age can only do one thing- damage their joints. Saddle them, ground drive them, lunge lightly as it is hard on unfinished knees, teach them to yield to pressure, work them from above, work with bombproofing. If you are patient you may still have a sound horse at 20, rush it and you won't.
Your 4 y/o spine is still not fused, jumping is probably not a good idea yet.
Nothing against the quater-horses though. I would highly recommend them as the best begginers horse, western horses, roping/cutting horses that there are. Jumping is simply not what they have been bred to do for the last 100+ years.