Originally Posted by JustDressageIt
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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I agree. We lost a weanling last year who was remarkably quiet and sure footed. He fell while playing with his (weanling) pasture mate, when she slid stopped into him he flipped forward and broke his neck on impact.. 8 months old. Died faster than we could grab a cell phone. Freak accident, but I'll never get over it. I'd never ask the babies to do more than they choose to do on their own (aside from handling etc of course).
As for the OP - I really won't judge you because I have a feeling that it was a one time, let's just try it out, kind of thing. Or at least, I hope.
That other video scared me half to death.