Looking at the prospect.. thoughts?... update!
So I am looking at a three year old, unstarted prospect as a future eventer who has stellar movement on the flat but seriously hangs his legs when free-jumping. My trainer says not to worry too much about it but I'm curious as to what other people's experiences have been with this. Is it just the luck of the draw? Can you really train a horse to jump? Is it worth it? :confused:
Define snap and hanging legs....
Reading most of the replies, I guess a big question to clarify would be a definition of a young horse snapping up their legs and/or hanging their legs.
For me a young horse over less then a 3 foot jump snapping means the forearms are at least horizontal or slightly below horizontal to the ground, and usually not even in front. All are something I would look at and train through.
A young horse that hangs legs over 3 feet means that both forelegs are perpendicular to the ground, as in knees pointing down. Horses that hang legs the way I understand hanging legs, usually over shoot the distance and run up under the jump habitually. This I walk away from.