How big is too big?

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    03-29-2007, 11:01 AM
How big is too big?

When it comes to jumping big is too big??

Just wanting to know whether any of you guys jump the big tracks?

And if any of you think some jumps are too big and whether we unfairly ask too much of our horses?

Heres a video- not sure if it'l work..

Over to you guys.....what do you think??
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    03-30-2007, 08:11 PM
Man...I would just say don't overpush your horses limits!
    03-30-2007, 10:00 PM
I think it depends on the horse. If the horse really didn't want to jump it he wouldn't. Though I think sometimes we overdue it as riders. I think 5-6 feet is a little excessive for some horses while others it's a walk in the park. Depends on the horse, the jump, so many circumstances. For the most part I wouldn't ask just any horse to jump that high, but there are those special horses.
    03-31-2007, 01:14 AM
Oh, I think this is a good question.

I thought about it a bit, and like Raini says, I think it depends. I'm a bit on the fence about it though. In one hand, it seems as if jumping is jumping - it's the same stress, same wear, and same damage done. On the other hand, and I'm speaking of jumps probably over 2 feet, the higher they are jumping, the longer amount of time it takes to land. I would think that the larger the jump, the larger the impact on the horse's body. It seems insane to think a horse's front legs and shoulders could take so much impact of a 7 foot jump! I've seen a lot of horses that could jump repeatedly and show little signs of stress on their body - and other horses who are the opposite.

I wish a vet or college could perform (humane) experiments on something like this. I'd be really interested in knowing how the horse's body breaks down and how long it takes. Good post!
    03-31-2007, 02:46 AM
Also from what I have heard its not like the horse has to jump that high everyday. I know a hunter jumper trainer and her husband was telling me that she just does ground poles to learn and practice the courses, the horse does not actually jump high everyday....

(unless your are neighbors horses....poor horses...) right raini?
    03-31-2007, 07:06 AM
In my opinion, if the horse wants to, there is nothing to stop you. But that just seems like such a huge risk, jumping a jump like those.
    04-01-2007, 12:26 AM
Over 5 feet seems a bit too much, if you did it, say twice a year, one or to classes maybe that would be ok. But all the time? Too much. It also really depends on the horses, my trainers Arabian doesnt hesitate to jump 5' by himself (fences can't hold him in), he loves jumping, he is 22 and still jumps everything in sight. He is also very sound and healthy, can't tell he is now 22.
    04-01-2007, 05:16 AM
Personally, I think that it depends on your horses passion for jumping along with his soundness, conformation, riders ability, tack ect.
    04-01-2007, 07:23 AM
Im soooo glad everybody has had a go at answering this post as I was very interested to hear your thourghts....

Navanarider said-
Over 5 feet seems a bit too much, if you did it, say twice a year, one or to classes maybe that would be ok. But all the time? Too much.

But another question I have now youve answered is-

If a horse jumping a big fence can do serious damage to itself doing it only once in its entire life, then how does the frequency of jumping make any difference to the horse?

For eg. Doing it twice a year or 20times are yr?
Just wondering what you think?

Thanks for your answers!
Elz x[/quote]
    04-01-2007, 09:47 AM
I would say don't push a horse to hard with jumping.


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