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HunterJumperRelay 02-18-2010 05:07 PM

Help me please!
I own a 7 year old TB gelding. I have been jumping him but when I first started, he refused, catjumped, and ran out. Now, he doesnt. My Dad says jumping will beake his legs. I argue that it is not true. Who is right? Will polo wraps and bel boots help us?

xoSonnyLove1234 02-18-2010 06:20 PM

I use splint boots! They really work well. I would suggest getting a pair:)

eventerdrew 02-18-2010 06:24 PM

splint boots are essential for jumping. I literally never jump without them.

xoSonnyLove1234 02-18-2010 06:26 PM

^same here. :)

HunterJumperRelay 02-18-2010 06:39 PM

do splint boots go on front or back?

eventerdrew 02-18-2010 06:50 PM

both. I recommend Woof boots.

xoSonnyLove1234 02-18-2010 06:52 PM

i only use front ones.

Rule of Reason 02-18-2010 07:15 PM


Originally Posted by HunterJumperRelay (Post 556971)
My Dad says jumping will beake his legs.


CecilliaB 02-18-2010 08:52 PM

Front and back for sure!

Wish there was a "thanks" feature on here. But thanks eventerdrew I need some new ones, I am gonna check those out.

MIEventer 02-19-2010 09:34 AM

Anything lined with neoprene will help - studdies show that neoprene helps in absorbing shock - but it is not the 100% way to preserve our horses legs.

But your dad is right in a way. A horse has only so much jump in them, and their legs take ALOT of shock and trauma when they jump. Take a 1200lb horses body weight all compressed on their shouldres, knees, cannon bone, ankles, hooves.

Studdies have shown that our horses legs take alot. Many Top Level Jumpers know this, so they focus alot of proper conditioning and Dressage training, so that their horses are stronger and conditioned to do the sport they are being asked to do.

They spend 5 - 6 days a week doing Dressage and preserve their horses legs by jumping once to twice a week - if not only at the comp in the warmup ring.


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