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    06-30-2011, 07:27 PM
  #1
Green Broke
Young horses jumping?

Is it harmful for a young horse (Like, a yearling) to jump on the ground? No higher than 18 inches at the most. I know riding a young horse over jumps can be harmful to the bones/joints. Example: lunging over jumps, ponying over jumps - etc. What does everyone think? Thank you!
     
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    06-30-2011, 07:30 PM
  #2
Green Broke
If you did it only once or twice, I'm sure it wouldn't cause any damage. BUT if you are doing it repeatedly, yes it will cause damage.
     
    06-30-2011, 07:44 PM
  #3
Showing
I would avoid it; why do something that may potentially damage the joints when you can wait a few years? Why risk it? Why subject their joints to stress that is 100% avoidable? Sure, foals run and jump and play - but if you put them in a situation where they must jump, you're subjecting the joints to unnecessary stress; they're also very awkward, unbalanced and don't know where their feet are all the time, so the chances of injury I would imagine are substantially greater than a horse that has had time to learn balance and coordination. How many times do you see foals do stupid stuff in the pasture because they've forgotten a foot, or a leg seemingly appeared out of nowhere? Lots.
More to the point: what's the point in jumping them? You can't tell a darn thing about future jumping ability from a foal - they're so light and leggy that almost any foal that doesn't trip over its own feet will look alright popping over a fence.
It's one of my (seemingly many) pet peeves.
     
    06-30-2011, 08:21 PM
  #4
Green Broke
I was just curious of what people thought.
     
    06-30-2011, 10:22 PM
  #5
Weanling
To be honest, I wouldn't even bother with it, Why rush into jumping when you could wait and be doing it in a few years time! :)
     



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