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        06-30-2011, 06:27 PM
    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, 06:30 PM
    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, 06:44 PM
    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, 07:21 PM
    Green Broke
    I was just curious of what people thought.
        06-30-2011, 09:22 PM
    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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