Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
I have several things to say, and you aren't going to like any of it.
First off, she is just barely back to being ridden. Just barely. The damage that could come from jumping a horse in her condition, or even a horse that simply hadn't been ridden for as long as Chance could be really severe. Jumping is HARD for a horse, it takes some SERIOUS conditioning. And yes, she could have been jumping even if she was in pain. Horses are prey animals. If a predator was coming after one in the wild, that horse would run as best as it could, regardless of any injury it had. Horses don't always know when they are supposed to stay still, and it is your responsibility as the owner to make sure she doesn't push herself too hard.
Secondly, she was not jumping to make you happy. Chance is not human. She is a horse. She wanted to jump, and she knew you'd let her. I doubt she could care less how you felt about it.
Third, every time you come in any contact with an animal, you are training it. You can let a horse cut a corner in the arena ONE time and that horse will try to cut that same corner EVERY time. You can't wait until it "starts to bother you." Horses are creatures of habit, if it's okay once, it's okay again. You just taught your horse that she can jump some jumps whenever she pleases without any kind of cue from you.
And this last thing is just a question... do you have the okay from your vet to be working her w/t/c as hard as you are? It seems to me that she is moving along very quickly, possibly too quickly. Of course, I'm not the vet, and I don't really know what the whole situation is.
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