Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Horse_Luver, that is your decision, and I can't tell you otherwise, I just personally would never jump a horse that young, as it can lead to permanent ligament damage. If there was damage done, you might not notice it now, but it can affect a horse when it gets older. And I wouldn't be jumping "solid" jumps that early either. If jumping a horse at a younger age, I would like to use a collapsable jump if anything. Please don't take offence to this, it is just my opinion. I am not attacking anyone, I just feel really strongly about this!
I do not agree with even free jumping a long yearling, again, it can damage ligaments and you might not even notice till it's too late. It may look like that horse is having fun, but I think that horse is very unsure of himself - see him hesitating, guaging the jump, and then springing over it? Not good. He's not even sure how to land properly, and he's over-extending, which could lead to injury.
I'm sorry but I feel very strongly about this subject. I hate it when good horses are ruined due to the stupididity of people pushing them too far too soon.
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