Originally Posted by morganshow11
i am going out tommorrow, and the snow is all melted, no snow on the ground. How high do you think I could jump, you know because the snow melted?
You'll have similar issues in mud as you will snow depending on footing depth and what the horse is conditioned for, specifically the conditioning of the stay apparatus and the bone density in the front legs, with additional concern for balance of the horse and the potential to slip. If you are not experienced in this (which it sounds to me like you are not) and your horse has not conditioned for this - and by that I mean can easily w/t/c balanced over the same footing you are asking the horse to jump in, then imo do not jump. Period. If you want to condition your horse to do this in the future, work with a trainer that will help both you and your horse build the necessary strength and capacity to balance and ride safely and successfully in the slop, be it mud, snow, or whatever. Again NOT ICE.
Most importantly, remember accidents can happen in ANY footing, so be mindful of what you are doing and make sure that you are experienced in the terrain you are asking your horse to cover. Riding in less than ideal footing is fine for someone who is experienced in it, with a horse conditioned for it, but you need to make sure that you're aware that there are more risks, and need to be able to competently face those risks.