Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Taranaki New Zealand.
The thing with saying Oh it's only ten minutes once a month, it will be fine is that with bone plates that aren't fused properly it can only take one misshap to do irreparable damage. I hate to sound like rainy day dolly but I do know of a rather tragic incident that involved a friends young arab. The young gelding was playing in the paddock, it was a nice paddock with one fallen branch, he jumped it, it tapped him on the leg he faltered when he landed. He landed so awkwardly that he snapped his front shin bone completely, bone fragments severed his tendons and ligaments and his skin. His leg midway down the shin was almost completely severed, held on by a flap of skin.
I know that it is an extreme example but it really drove home to me the frailty of young bones. This gelding wasn't even carrying a rider.