Alright, so I never thought I'd be making this kind of post, but here I am.
My yearling, Ren, is a jumper. At 7 months of age and standing about 10 hh or a little under, she jumped (and would clear) a 4 foot snow fence simply to go check out the other side of the field. If called, she would run back and jump over the fence again, to come back to me. So needless to say, my family and I hurried to repair the fencing that was down on the other side and took away the snow fence to prevent her from jumping more since I know it's not good for her young joints to be jumping so much.
We went the rest of the winter without incident.
Spring came and when she was put into a new pen with my mare, they'd run around and at one point, I came out to find Ren grazing outside of the pen. This happened twice and so she was put back in the original pen. She basically jumped the gate that stood several inches lower than the rest of the fencing. She was at the 11.3 hh mark roughly and jumped a nearly 5 foot barbwire gate and cleared it. Twice.
Now, in the last two months, she's started jumping again. Once area of the fencing was sagging lower and she used her head/neck to push it down further before jumping over it to go grazing in the front yard.
Now, the other day, she jumped the fence again. This time however, she jumped an area where she had no way to get a running start and the fence was not sagging. It stands a little over the 5 foot height mark. Due to the fact the fence was not sagging and she did not get a running start, Ren hooked the top wire.
Thankfully, due to the exposure Ren has had to ropes and such, she didn't freak out over this and didn't even get tangled in it really. She didn't even get cut other than one area on her chest and proceeded to go graze in a patch of grass I suppose she'd been eyeing. She stands around 12.2/3 hh now.
So I was just wondering what do you guys do to prevent your horses jumping all the time? I can't exactly excersize her all the time as she's young and I don't want to damage her joints and all this jumping isn't exactly helping. This is also not my property so I can't really go around changing too much and limited with funds due to my mare hurting herself while I was gone for a few days and having to pay for her getting fixed up so getting new taller panel fencing for the whole area isn't really possible right now either (it's about 3 acres of land she has access to).
Also, is there anything more you'd recomend to do to tend to her wound? It's about an inch long and it's not deep, though it is more than a little graze. I'm cleaning it with water currently and putting on some skin and wound salve. But since it's somewhat on the underside of her left breast area, I can't exactly wrap it up like I could if it was on the leg. I've worked with her plenty before this so she doesn't care that I doctor her and stands nicely for me to tend to it. It doesn't seem to bother her right now either as she's still moving around normally. I'm just a little worried about all the dirt that could get in there during the day since I can't put a bandage over it. But what would really help is anything I could do to hep prevent her from continuing to jump. (also, the more solid the fence looks, the more likely she is to jump it. For example, if a palate were to be placed in front, she'd jump since the palate allows her to judge the height better).