Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
I think it's really a shame that people ask foals to jump. Yes, they run around like maniacs at times, and yes they find ways to hurt themselves, even if we were to bubblewrap them... but why on Earth would somone jump a 4 month old foal? It's strain on their limbs that they don't need. They don't know how to judge distance, not in the least - they're still in a gangly stage, learning where their feet are and how their legs work. They still get tangled up on their own feet. Why on Earth would anyone put them through even a semblance of a chute?
I can understand 2 and 3 year olds chute jumped once in a blue moon... they are more coordinated, and some sellers look at the movement and shape of the jump... but you CANNOT look at a 4 month old foal over a jump and judge ANYTHING. Of course they're going to overjump, but you cannot tell a single thing about form that young.
Beyond that, I wouldn't touch a foal jumped that young with a ten foot pole.
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