Originally Posted by ErikaLynn
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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Just because it is common and people do it a lot does not make it good or right. A lot of people text while driving or speed... and (at least where I live) neither is good.
I used to say to my Mom when I wanted to do something, "but MOOoooommmmmm, EVERYONE is doing it." Her curt reply was, "YOU are NOT everyone."
How a foal moves and looks may give some indication of what the foal will move like and look like as an adult, but nothing is written in stone. I have seem the lovliest baby horse turn into something much less desirable. Jumping a foal.. or any horse under the age of 4.. is, IMO, trouble.
Not good for joints. Not good for bones. Not good if the foal mis-steps and has a wreck as it puts in that little sponge like mind that jumping can = getting or being hurt.
WHY, for heaven's sake, do it? A little more time trimming the weeds in that paddock and sprucing up the fences would be far more beneficial than making a Video of a baby jumping.
Originally Posted by Marlea Warlea
your foal definitely has a bright future in jumping!!!
Not if she keeps jumping him as a foal! And really.. foals change hugely.. so maybe NOT.
Back in the dinosaur days of training when NO one did Dressage.. when it was considered "boring" I was doing dressage. I liked it. And while I did dressage I saw a LOT of horses being jumped as 2 and 3 year olds.. who were lamed and useless by the age of 10. Everything was "jump jump jump" and I would say.. "but most of the time on course the horse is on the flat! Don't you want to get that part right first?" I was just a 15 year old kid so I was dismissed.
I think today there is more interest in preserving a horse's soundness (mental and physical) and a lot more interest in getting a horse balanced and ready to jump before jumping him.
I saw the title of this post and I was somewhat taken aback. I never heard of anyone jumping a foal intentionally.