Could be and great point to make. Whenever I discuss this matter - *because believe me, when given the chance I ask allot of questions* with top level riders, they always stress
A horse has only so much jump in them. Save them for the important parts.
I read allot of articles as well, written by GM, Jim Wofford and I hear them stress that flat work/dressage should be focused on allot more than jumping so I take that to heart.
I also remember reading this one article, well written by an Equine Vet who specializes in legs and injuries - I belive it was in Horse Health........or The Horse?
Anyways - he discussed how much shock and strain our horses joints take whenever we jump. Especially on landing - so that mentally effected me as well. Stuck with me a long time.
Another thing I'd like to bring up - is how I see riders not taking care of their horses legs after they jump, even when they jump.
I was taught in Pony Club - how important it is to rub down our horses legs well, liniment and wrap.
Everytime I jump, I always do this with my old man's legs - even though he is well conditioned when we do.
I think proper care is very important.
At Spruce Meadows - I've seen GP horses being wrapped allot. My friend is a Groom there and whenever top riders like Eric Lemaz and Ian Millar ride and school, she always has to wrap their legs when they are done.
Yes - I understand they are at GP level - but I think regardless of what height, strain is straint, shock is shock -
Preperation, prevention, preservation