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    02-12-2011, 12:21 PM
Why risk the damage? And why do it in general, other than to say "look at my little foal jumping!!" You can't discern a horse's jumping ability over a jump that small regardless, and putting a foal over anything of respectable size is, quite frankly, stupid. So it begs the question: why bother? Why risk tendon, ligament and growth plate damage for a video?
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    02-12-2011, 12:28 PM
If you don't want to risk damage. Then might as well keep the foal in a stall for it's whole life and never let it do anything.

I don't think anything is wrong with letting a foal jump a little. People do it a lot. It's really common, every foal that free jumps doesn't have damage.
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    02-12-2011, 12:33 PM
I said in my original post that a foal has the potential to injure itself practically on air - any horse does. My point is it's one thing to walk through a thunderstorm, it's another thing entirely to walk through a thunderstorm waving a metal golf club above your head.
Why on Earth would anyone risk a foal's legs UNNECESSARILY for a video? Why risk it? There are so many reasons NOT to do it.... I can't think of a single reason a person could argue that it's a good practice. The excuse "everyone does it" isn't a good argument - before I started parousong YouTube, I had never heard of anyone free jumping a young foal. Not everyone does it. Just because some do, doesn't make it okay.
A lot of people do a lot of stupid, abusive things to their animals every day - does that make it right?
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    02-12-2011, 01:16 PM
Ok calm down. You think it's wrong. I don't. It's not the end of the world. But saying it's abuse, to me, it's a stretch.
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    02-12-2011, 02:25 PM
I don't really see the harm that could be done to the first foal (by the original poster). A few small jumps probably wouldn't hurt, but too much sure could. I mostly agree that you can't see how she is going to jump by her form now. She's so young.
    02-13-2011, 10:07 AM
I'm sorry, I'm with JDI on this one.

Since there is absolutely nothing to be gained from this practice, other than posted a YouTube video, and the potential for harm, why do it?

Do I think the OP harmed the foal in the first video? No, I doubt it. But I think it shows questionable judgement to attempt it, and again WHY? There is no upside and there is potential for harm.

The second video made be cringe as well. The potential for that baby to have joint problems later in life because of damage to the growth plates is VERY real.
    02-13-2011, 10:19 AM
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I don't see such wrong with it. Not if she was jumpign the foal 2 times a week like this... then yeah soemthing would definitely be wrong.. but foals jump around more then that out in the pasture on their own. THAT puts wear and tear on the legs and joints jsut as much. But I fyou wanna get into that whole debate, then no one would ride horses until they are 6-8 because that's when their back joints fuse!
    02-13-2011, 10:24 AM
Green Broke
Also agree with JDI and Maura. Seems pointless and reckless to me.
    02-13-2011, 10:31 AM
There is a difference between foals romping in a paddock on their own and forced exercise. This is forced exercise. There are reasons most responsible vets do not recommend any forced exercise, including lunging, before two years of age and it has to do with the growth plates in the ankle and knee being soft and highly suspectible to damage.

The reason TBs trained for the track have such a high incidence of bone chips and related joint problems is exactly that - forced exercise before the growth plates close.

And again, there is absolutely no good reason for anyone to jump a foal - none - other than to post what they think is a cute video. The risk/benefit equation just doesn't work for me on this one.

For those of you who believe this is not that bad or potentially dangerous, please find a vet or other experienced medical professional to back up that opinion.
    02-13-2011, 11:12 AM
Green Broke
And also, how do you know it isn't something they do with the foal to excess? You have no way of knowing if this was a one time thing, or if they do it every other day.

There is no point to risking something just because it's cute, or because someone else does it. All it takes is one tumble, one bad spill, or one awkward landing and you'd regret it forever more. Is that really worth the chance to make a cute video? I don't think it is. Foals are cute enough being foals. Save the work for when they are old enough to handle it properly.

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