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        01-20-2011, 11:28 AM
      #11
    mls
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by wren    
    on the flip side, foxhunters go out all winter, and do jump in the snow.
    With pads and studs on their shoes. Big difference.
         
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        01-20-2011, 11:29 AM
      #12
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by beauforever23    
    Okay, yeah I see your points. Makes sense.
    This has nothing to do with the jumping issue but, I check my horses feet every time and I mean there isn't even snow in his hoofs. I mean absolutely nothing.
    Do you get off periodically to check if you've been riding in snow? Often times they fall out.
         
        01-20-2011, 11:29 AM
      #13
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    Originally Posted by wren    
    on the flip side, foxhunters go out all winter, and do jump in the snow.
    Fox hunters jump like bushes and stuff right? I've never actually got into the whole fox hunter thing or even looked into it so, excuse me for looking like an idiot asking that.

    I mean I jumped my horse the other day in the snow and I checked his feet before hand and he had no ice balls, anywhere and I also checked the snow in the ring to make sure it wasn't icy. He seemed fine and all and technically speaking it wasn't even a jump. It was a barrel with a pole propped up onto the barrel and the other side of the pole was lying on the ground so, it wasn't high or anything.

    I do see some people's concern though.
         
        01-20-2011, 11:31 AM
      #14
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    Well, I hopped off periodically to check him and saw nothing. Wasn't doing any hard jumping either. Most of the time he was just kinda trotting over it and giving a little 'hop' to it but, nothing major. He's also barefoot and doesn't have shoes on.
         
        01-21-2011, 11:49 PM
      #15
    Foal
    I've never risked it, and never will. I HAVE however, shoveled out a friends arena until 3 in the morning to jump the next day (it was to be warmer, but all the snow wouldn't melt, and if it did, it'd be too muddy).XD lol
    Anyway- even if the horse was okay with jumping, that doesn't mean accidents can't happen. I wouldn't ridk my horse like that..
         
        01-21-2011, 11:59 PM
      #16
    Trained
    Personally I don't jump in the winter, if there is snow...although on the occasion that there were logs on trails when I was growing up, we jumped over them, snow or not...

    My mare is barefoot, as well, and she sheds snow balls out of her hooves really easily, but I am careful not to do sharp turns, or jumping, etc, that could cause her to slip on snowy ground.
         
        01-22-2011, 09:07 AM
      #17
    Foal
    When you go on a fox hunt its like a big, fast, organized trail ride. You follow the hounds as they follow the scent of a fox or coyote. When the hounds take off, so do you! It is so exhilarating! Originally horses and riders jumped things on the hunt that were in their way to be able to follow the hounds...things like fences, logs, and hedges and stuff. Now I think a lot of hunts still use natural obstacles, but also will build some of their own jumps on well-used paths. A couple of the farms we ride at have coops and other XC style jumps all through the woods.
         
        01-22-2011, 09:22 AM
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    Originally Posted by wren    
    when you go on a fox hunt its like a big, fast, organized trail ride. You follow the hounds as they follow the scent of a fox or coyote. When the hounds take off, so do you! It is so exhilarating! Originally horses and riders jumped things on the hunt that were in their way to be able to follow the hounds...things like fences, logs, and hedges and stuff. Now I think a lot of hunts still use natural obstacles, but also will build some of their own jumps on well-used paths. A couple of the farms we ride at have coops and other XC style jumps all through the woods.
    that sounds like so much fun. I would so totally be interested in doing that, if I had a horse that would be able to.

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    Originally Posted by mom2pride    
    Personally I don't jump in the winter, if there is snow...although on the occasion that there were logs on trails when I was growing up, we jumped over them, snow or not...

    My mare is barefoot, as well, and she sheds snow balls out of her hooves really easily, but I am careful not to do sharp turns, or jumping, etc, that could cause her to slip on snowy ground.
    Yeah, my gelding doesn't really shed snow balls easily. Yesterday I saw a couple of them but, they were up on his leg but, not on his hooves. The snow is staring to get deep around here though so, I am sure they snow balls will start accumulating soon.
         

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