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post #1 of 19 Old 10-21-2012, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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Why do some people think this way?

Not sure if this is the right place but I've met a lot of people who think jumping is cruel. They think the riders force the horses over the jumps and ruin their legs. They think jumping is bad for horses. I know this isn't true for the most part. Those horses obviously love their job. They love jumping. It's near impossible to force a horse over a huge jump. What makes people think it is cruel and the riders are forcing jumping on the horses? I know most sports are not natural to a horse and every sport pushes horses to the extent of their abilities. But I don't agree that it's cruel (if the sport is done correctly and the horse likes his job). I'd like to hear opinions agreeing or disagreeing. Would also like to hear stories on ridiculous things people have told you about how normal things we do with our horses are "cruel".
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post #2 of 19 Old 10-21-2012, 12:53 PM
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Yes, jumping can be and often is hard on the horse's legs, but responsible owners properly warm their horse up and manage its legs and joints. Wild horses would jump over obstacles, it's not that unnatural.

I always hear about it being weird to blanket. Well I'm sorry, my older mare gets cold and hates getting wet. She loves her blanket, eagerly searching for the hole she sticks her head through. If you knew your horse would shiver without it, why would you refuse to put it on?
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To me every sport is hard on a horses legs but like you said the horse needs proper conditioning and training. I'm talking big big jumps. Like Rolex, Aachen, Olympics, etc. or even lower levels that jump bigger. To me it's not cruel. The horses seem to like it.

Yes I have to blanket my gelding! He has thin skin grows a very thin winter coat and shivers when it's raining :(. He's a hard keeper and in conditioning. I don't need weight loss. I love my baby.
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post #4 of 19 Old 10-21-2012, 06:17 PM
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Tell these people to search "jump refusal" on Youtube. That will show them how hard it is "force" a horse to jump.
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Exactly! If a horse doesn't want to jump, it's not going to jump lol. May go through it, but not soar with grace above it!
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Jumping is not cruel for a horse. A horse can do any event and be fine it just depends on how well their rider takes care of them. So giving your horse a good warm up, keeping them in shape, and not pushing their limits until they are ready to move on. That's my opinion anyway :P
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Yes and another thing is shutterfly. He competed until what was it 19? Same for hickstead? Could be wrong tho
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People are always going to jump over different disiplines for being cruel, abusive, etc. If they're too thick to try and see the truth, let it go and ignore it. YOU know the truth, and they're too stubborn to learn.
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Yes I try and let it go I just wonder where they get their opinions to form lol
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post #10 of 19 Old 10-21-2012, 09:04 PM
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Are they horse people to begin with? Usually when someone comments on something being cruel, they are not informed properly.

Yes, jumping can put a strain on a horses legs and joints, but so can letting them stand in a stall with no activity, and poor bedding.

Lots of people think rodeo is cruel, because the flank strap goes across/under a bull or horses testicles, but I haven't figured out how that works when it is on mares or geldings. ;)

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