Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
If done professionally, not often, and over the correct sized jumps for breed qualifications or such I don't have a problem with it. However, I have a friend who jumps very competitively in hunter jumper rings, and she was jumping her welsh cross pony mare over 2' rails as a 3 year old 3-4 days a week and tons of 'hardware' on the mare's face to keep her 'collected'. As a 4 year old the mare was being jumped 2'6 and 3', as a 5 year old she was doing 3'6 and above. Five years later the mare was retired from riding completely due to severe artheritis in her back and hocks, and she's on high levels of medication. Same with this girl's 16 year old paint horse. He's been retired for 4 years.
You have to know what you're doing if you're going to jump a youngster, and you have to realize the limits. If you don't, and if you ride on bad surfaces, push the horse too hard, and don't let it learn to balance first...Yes. There is a very high chance of injury or joint problems.
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