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post #1 of 14 Old 08-18-2019, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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Yearling Jumping Fence + Injury

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).


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post #2 of 14 Old 08-18-2019, 07:40 PM
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I've had very good results with AluSpray. It coats the wound and keeps the flies off. It feels really weird going on so horses get antsy when you spray it on. The vet suggested I spray it on my hand and gently set it on my horse's wound, which worked very well.

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About the jumping, I wish I had a good suggestion. My yearling colt was constantly jumping fences to play with my children or get out of his stall. We fixed it by castrating him. That won't work for you.

My yearling filly jumped fences to get to horses she wanted to be with, but she outgrew it. As she got older, she stopped doing it. It doesn't look like your filly will do that.
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post #3 of 14 Old 08-18-2019, 09:35 PM
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Higher fencing or something she can't jump. Unfortunately no easy fix. Agree with something like Aluspray if the wound is clean and healthy. Hard to tell without a picture but I never clean with water if you're going to clean use something made for wounds then ointment.
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post #4 of 14 Old 08-18-2019, 10:10 PM
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I would start by measuring the current fencing. If the tallest she has jumped is 5 ft then I suspect you need at least a 6 ft fence. If you have to buy panels and make a round pen, then do so. If she were to get out on the road, it could be deadly so you absolutely have to find a way to secure her.
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I have a Blue spray I use on cattle and horses that is an antibiotic as well as a fly repellent for the wound. I had a calf that had a 10" x 12" piece of hide ripped off in an accident several years ago. I had her set up to be slaughtered since it was the middle of the summer and I knew the flies would eat her up. Had to have a certificate sign by a vet that said she could walk up the slaughter ramp. When he looked at her he said she would grow all the hide back and be fine in 3 months if I kept her in a pen and used this spray. It worked perfectly and the calf is now a breeding cow in our herd. If you are interested in it I'll get in my medicine kit and give you the name on the cans (I have two on hand at all times) it works so well. Comes in an aerosol can. By the way all the hair filled right back in and is exactly the same color. You can't even tell it happened.
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I would run a hot wire in front of the fence on off set fixings, this holds the electric about 6" in front of the top wire.

Few horses jump out just because they can. Those that do are PITAs!

You either have to raise everything to a height where they do not attempt or, you have a fence which they can clear with less likely chance of injury.

One pony we had at the riding school was a free jumper. He would pop over 3'6" fences. One place he would land on a ledge of about 2' slide down a steep chalk bank to graze by the side of the road. Another he would jump a 4' square hedge into a garden and when spotted jump back out again, as e garden was lower than the field making it a considerable leap back.
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When my horse was a yearling, he jumped 4 ft fences with ease, didn't even need a run at it. All my fences were wood. After a few months of him jumping the fences and running down the road and jumping in to another horse pasture and me having to get him out, I fixed the problem. We made the fences 6 feet. Yes it was expensive, and yes it was a lot of work but it's what we had to do. if I had a horse that jumped fences, there would be no way in the world I would ever put him in a barbwire fenced area. In my opinion you are asking for trouble.

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You need new fences, and that may not even be enough.

I bought a 2 y.o. filly a couple of years ago-- really nice filly, good breeding, I had high hopes for her.

She would NOT stay in a fence. She'd clear a 6' pipe panel with ease from a standstill. She soared over the 5' pasture fences and the 5' high tensile without a care in the world. I made them 6' tall by adding electric tape to the top, and that didn't keep her in, either.

After the sixth or seventh time I came home to her grazing in the ditch by the road, I sold her. Too much of a liability, and too much worry. Her new owners intended to keep her as a jumper, but she got out of their fields all the time, too. She's now a ranch horse in Nebraska where her pastures are 1500 acres, or she's used in the feedlot 8 hours a day so she's too

Look at why your filly is jumping out. Is she chased by the other horses? Is she looking for more food? Or is she just bored? Two are easy fixes. The other may or may not be fixable. A friend of ours ended up taking his fence-jumping yearling to auction, too, after he caused an accident that injured a driver when he ambled across the road ahead of an oncoming truck... some horses will not jump wire fences because they can't see them. Yours already is, so it's going to be a difficult fix.
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My husband before we were married had a horse who jumped fences. After 5 times of horse clearing a 6 foot fence and ending up along roadside.

Horse was taken to auction ,liability is to high for a horse who can't be kept inside of fencing. Any horse here that can't be kept inside of fence, finds a new zip code to live at. I won't keep a horse that won't stay behind fencing. 3 strikes their out of here.

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[QUOTE=SummerBliss;1970758071]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).

/QUOTE]

A strand of electric fence above the fence / gate will usually do the trick. My older mare was clearing an almost 4' fence. She love jumping so much she'd jump the fence even with an open gate 3' away. A strand of electric fence put a stop to it and 8 years later she still won't jump the fence. Horses have excellent memories and they remember getting shocked when they investigate the wire and put their nose to it.

They're always going to be bigger and stronger so you better always be smarter. (One of my grandfather's many pearls of wisdom)
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