Re: Pony Update - Pictures
I don't see crit.
I was hoping that the age was a serious typo.
Jumping a horse at that age with weight on its back, let along over solid fences is irresponsible for the horses long time health- the bones aren't formed well enough and you can cause serious damage.
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Oh get over yourself, as Leanne has made a very good point of most event horses are doing the young horse classes at 4, they are jumping 1 metre solid fences, not popping over little logs and playing. FYI I think you'll find the majority of thse horses still sound, competing and being ridden well into there teens, early 20s. My horse is sound, strong and perfectly capable of his light work load, which involves maybe one or two jumps (in total) a month, he loved the XC schooling and would of gone round again! Of course if he was struggling with the work he wouldn't do it, as it is i'm hanging on holding him back as he is coming on leaps all the time. He's only just learning to canter properly in the school, as before he wasn't balanced enough before imo. we are going at a pace that suits us, and personally I want him to be on track, well schooled and easy to ride as a young horse not bolshy and silly as a 7, 8 year old.
Leanne, Pip and Buddy's routine seem very similar, I have one half hour flat work lesson a week, maybe school inbetween this for half an hour so and we hack maybe 2 or 3 times a week. Sometimes less, he his doing a pleasure ride this weekend, 15k so maybe just over an hour. He loves these!! The rest of the time he's out in the feild chilling . He's 16hh now and just getting wider, i'm lucky he is so chilled and laid back! I will sub you back, i need to do more vids as i love looking back on them!