Sorry if this is in the wrong section!
Yesterday my friend was riding my horse in the jumping paddock, because she's riding her in the yard shows for me while I'm away on holiday, and wanted a practice while I was there.
My friend is as good a rider as me (or even better). She was getting on good, then started some jumping. Just wee crosspole, cause that's all my pony can jump just now. The other day, when I was riding her, she properly cantered off for it and sailed over it, but when my friend was on her (and she was properly giving some welly.) she just trotted and stepped over it. At the end of the session, I got on and did the jump. She cantered, basically with only a wee nudge from me and jumped it, but knocked it down (I'm guessing we had a bad line, I was using my friend's strirrups which were too long and wearing her hat which fell over my eyes.
So, just curios, but did Esmee realise I was on her, so worked a bit harder, or is it just because I'm used to her?