There's definitely advantages to free jumping. We have a permanent jump lane set up and it works wonders for almost every one of our horses. Whether it's trialling a new horse to see how they jump or exercising our current ones over jumps without riding, it certainly helps us. We only really use it for one horse at the moment, my big grey, and he's jumped probably 4'8'' (around 1.40m) which is as high as the cups will go. It's also good for introducing horses to crazy fill if you're not feeling confident. We've introduced many horses to tarps through our jump lane.
EDIT: Of course, there's always risks of doing this, such as pushing the horse to jump way higher than it is ready for, and jumping them too much. We only free jump about every month or so.
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Last edited by BarefootBugsy; 04-08-2012 at 04:25 AM.