The pos­si­bil­ity of pain

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In “Re­luc­tant to Jump” (Con­sul­tants, EQUUS 442), the au­thor asked for help with her 2-year-old who sud­denly started re­fus­ing to jump. While trainer Phyl­lis Daw­son of­fered good ad­vice, I was sur­prised she didn’t sug­gest start­ing with a phys­i­cal workup by a vet­eri­nar­ian. My first thought was that maybe the colt had started re­fus­ing be­cause some­thing hurt. Ei­ther his joints are not yet de­vel­oped enough to take the pound­ing of land­ing a jump, or maybe he pulled some­thing while play­ing in the pas­ture with his brother. When our horses change their be­hav­ior sud­denly, it is al­ways good to first rule out any phys­i­cal prob­lems, and then to work on train­ing is­sues. Stephanie Cantrell Louis­burg, Kansas

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