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    05-25-2011, 09:56 PM
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Is lunging a horse over barrels safe?

Is it safe to lunge a horse over barrels? I know lots of people that do it but I got into a discussion today with a know it all wannabe horse person and she said absalutly not would she ever do that, she said they might trip on the barrel, that's its to dangerous, and blah blah blah. She said she would talk to my parents about NOT letting me lunge my horse over barrels... So what do you guys think? Is it safe!? I don't want to have the vet out here checking out a broken leg... xD So do any of you horse people do it? Or is this wanabe horse person right? He has been doing great with jumping and lunging, he likes to jump (: I would eventually start jumping him myself, like riding and jumping but he is still learning how to jump (:
     
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    05-25-2011, 09:59 PM
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Foal
I've done it with my horse, I don't see why it would be a problem. I'm interested to see if/why anyone would feel it's a bad idea.
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    05-25-2011, 10:01 PM
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Trained
Its fine as long as you put a pole on each side so the barrels don't roll if they hit them. If you don't, ya I think its dangerous.
     
    05-25-2011, 10:04 PM
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The only problem I have with that ^ is if they do hit it then the trip and fall cause the barrels don't move... ? Am I wrong?
     
    05-25-2011, 10:21 PM
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Trained
If they are going to trip over it, its better that it stays put than rolls around where the horse could get more tangled up over it.
     
    05-25-2011, 11:42 PM
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Yearling
If you think about it, things like roll tops are common in jumper rings. As long as they can't roll like gypsygirl said you should be fine. If ther barrels were too move if hit, they would roll towards the direction that the horse would be trying to step and trip it up more. If they are stationary the horse can just graze over the top of them. They are not anymore dangerous than any other jump. I find it to be safer when lunging because you don't have to worry about getting the lunge line over the standard.
     
    05-26-2011, 12:34 AM
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Trained
I think it's a foolish thing to do but it's not dangerous. I fail to see the point in it I like to ride my horses not teach them to run in circles around me. Horses are big tough animals and it is quite hard to injure one. Jumping a plastic barrel isn't going to do it even if they did fall down.
     
    05-26-2011, 01:00 AM
  #8
Foal
I think its fine. Why is it foolish???

I start all my horses jumping on th long line, using jumps and barrels, logs etc. I think its a great way to let a horse learn to jump before putting a rider on them. They learn they can confidently go over anything from any spot, instead of having a rider interfere or try and place them everytime they jump. Always worked really well for me.

As far as foolish, its not more dangerous than anything else, I have herd of horses breaking there legs trotting around a sand arena. I would just do it and not worry.
     
    05-26-2011, 05:04 AM
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Foal
Barrel jumping is a good exercise, but I suggest you start with landscape timbers, then place the timbers on cinder blocks work them up to the small barrels then large barrels. They wont jump unless they are prepared to make the jump its a trust/confidence issue with the horse.

Its good to get them used to any movement on the ground before you do it on horseback, let the bombs go off when your not on their back

Do it enough and get brave enough you can get to where you can jump while riding... but please wait till you and the horse is at that level.
     
    05-26-2011, 08:53 AM
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Originally Posted by ledge    
Barrel jumping is a good exercise, but I suggest you start with landscape timbers, then place the timbers on cinder blocks work them up to the small barrels then large barrels. They wont jump unless they are prepared to make the jump its a trust/confidence issue with the horse.

Its good to get them used to any movement on the ground before you do it on horseback, let the bombs go off when your not on their back

Do it enough and get brave enough you can get to where you can jump while riding... but please wait till you and the horse is at that level.
I have been jumping him over cinder blocks and wood for about a month or two and I would like to move to something where its a longer stretch and more rounded. Thanks (:
     

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