The Problem is jumping...
1 year ago, I finally bought my very first pony. She was dead lame, 23 years old, hadn't been broke until she was 17 (by me) and I loved her more than anything. Retirement was fine by me for my first pony. She disagreed.
1 month after I bought her, while playing in the outdoor ring with a much happier and sounder pony (she lived outside 24/7), she jumped out of the ring to eat grass. It's a 4 foot ring fence. She's 13 hands.
She's jumped out of this ring about 4 times now, all when I won't let her free jump above 3', but what she did the other day is what worries me. She jumped out of her stall. She's got dutch doors and got upset that she wasn't the first out to the paddocks. She jumped out and trotted to her paddock without a scratch on her. No heat, no swelling, nothing.
How do I prevent her from solving her problems in life by jumping?? She's 24 years old, and I am terrified she is going to hurt herself, or worse!
Below are pictures of her free jumping and one of her in her stall, so you can see how small she is in relation to it. Thanks in advance.
This is about 4 feet, we only went that high because she kept aiming herself towards the ring fence when I didn't raise it. (1 month ago)
only a 2', 3' 6" ish oxer but it was pretty wide. Again, she was threatening me. (2 days ago)
I have a jumper also although mine is a draft x that weighs upwards of 1600 lbs and 16+ hands. If a fence post is less than five feet I will not even try to use it. The ones I am buying now for my new house are six feet, that's the tallest I can get around here without special ordering.
There are ways to extend the height of your posts without replacing them by putting the step in type posts on top the posts already there and putting hotwire on them. I've never done it myself but have spoken to others who say it works quite well.
All the doors in my barn are full doors, no half doors allowed. Some areas I want more airflow or I want them to be able to see in/out of. In that case I make a "screen door" type door using no climb mesh fencing.
dang she cant jump:o sorry i cant be of help:/ she is gorgegous though:)
She is very pretty and is gorgeous when she jumps. As for the stall situation I would say I would put up a web stall guard on the top the the stall so that she can still see out but not be able to jump out. Just put a few eye bolts in the side and clip it on. Like this one.
She's cute. Why not find some small person and let them ride her? If she's sound enough to jump, she's sound enough to be ridden.
Yup higher fencing web stall guards are great an see how sound she really is!
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Thanks guys. The stall guards a very good idea. I tried getting her a leaser but she only allows small children to ride her if she's jumped over 3 foot first. Otherwise, she lowers her head and her entire front end disappears and they roll off.
I ride her still, but given her age and her 9 month bout of extreme lameness directly before I bought her, I worry. At the time I was scared an old, chubby lame marish mare would end up at slaughter and I loved her too much for that. Small children can lead and torture her but it takes consistent bribery for constant riding.
Thanks a bunch!!!
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oh and i ment she can jump:) my fingers type dumb things sometimes lol
Well, for one thing, bring her out first. I know a lot of people want to solve turnout problems by not changing the routine to suit the horse, but honestly there is little you can do once they develop the habits, and it's best just to keep them safe. My mare hated being the last one brought in at one barn and the barn owner thought she'd "teach her a lesson" by leaving her out last and only letting her in when she calmed down. It didn't work, my mare jumped the 5' gate, and scraped her hind legs on the way down. When I asked the BO about the scrapes she said "oh, horses get that by the pee splashing up on their legs" I asked her how that worked on a mare, and she had to tell me then. My mare came in first after that, and it was never a problem again.
She is a cute pony!
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