Any horse can get hurt at any time, of course. But hunter, jumper and hunt-seat equitation competitions make demands that set horses up for certain injuries. Jumping stresses tendons and ligaments that support the leg during both push-off and landing. The impact of landing can also damage structures in the front feet.
What does jumping a horse feel like?
I’ve ridden horses where it feels like they‘re in the air for less than a second and over the jump before you can even get out of two-point. Some feel like they’re soaring. And some feel like they’re hanging in the air forever. Jumping can be scary, though, if you don’t have an honest horse.
Do horses enjoy show jumping?
Some people (usually those who profit from jumps racing) would like us to believe that horses love to jump. Horses only jump obstacles at full gallop because they are forced to do so. … Horses are intelligent animals with a high level of perception of their environment.
How long does it take to jump on a horse?
It’s difficult to say how long it will take to develop a secure seat—it varies for every rider. A really keen, athletic rider on a well-schooled horse may be able to start jumping after a few months of lessons. Others may take longer, either because they aren’t as athletic, or are keen but apprehensive.
What is the best age of horse to buy?
The ideal horse for first-time horse buyers is probably 10-20 years old. Younger horses generally aren’t quiet and experienced enough for a first-time horse owner. Horses can live to 30 years plus with good care, so don’t exclude older horses from your search.
Can you jump an 18 year old horse?
If the conformation is good and the horse hasn’t been pushed too hard, he can jump well into his late teens or twenties.