View Full Version : Injuries that tell you "No More Jumping" ??
Jan. 24, 2011, 11:15 AM
Are there specific injuries that would automatically forbid future jumping? Such as hind suspensories, front fetlock strain , etc. I do only in-hand and at liberty exercises to keep my horse fit. He loves trying banks and ditches and small 2 ft. jumps all in hand. I'm old and broken, horse is 12 fairly fit but broken, but we secretly play and pretend we may some day do a BN under saddle. So please humor me and be kind.
Jan. 24, 2011, 11:23 AM
my horse strained his stifle ligament in May. When we xrayed in August after he was laid up all summer, we found arthritic changes. The vet was pretty sure the other stifle would be the same.
He was cleared to jump up to 2 feet again, but he's a BIG jumper.
I retired him and bougth #2. He's my trail/flat horse only now.
Jan. 24, 2011, 02:18 PM
Ligament & tendon tears, depending on severity. Old fractures & other skeletal injuries (OCD), depending on the severity. Muscle damage, depending on severity. As LBM said, osteoarthritis, depending on severity.
My gelding has a severe tear of a ligament in his fetlock that mostly healed but ended not only his jumping career, but riding career. Had I not consulted a vet, I wouldn't have known the severity of the injury because the clinical symptoms were so mild.
Same horse fell and sustained severe muscle damage in a hind leg. He'll recover to previous pasture-puff state, but if he was still jumping, his surgeons said he probably wouldn't jump again.
All depends on location & severity of what's broken.