Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The Bluegrass State
To cover my backside, because I advocated for the mare and her owner doing some free jumping:
While I'm on the side that generally steers clear of free jumping, I actually don't think it would be a terrible idea for this mare to do smaller jumps, as shown here. There's nothing over 2' here. 2' isn't going to wear a horse's joints as long as it's not done too much, and the OP has said this is a rare thing she does. I don't see an issue with it there, as long as it's not overdone.
Then again, I didn't know her canter issues were medical. I thought they were just from being inexperiences. If she's uncomfortable at a canter, I would definitely not be jumping her. If she's alright and is just wired to be a lateral mover, then I don't see an issue. Jumping these small jumps can help her learn to balance at a canter, maybe teaching her not to cross-fire or otherwise canter poorly.
Just my opinion! Thought I'd elaborte, considering the increase of information/understanding of whats going on here.
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