Just purchased a 11 yr old TB Mare (never raced) for my 11 year old daughter who has been riding for 4+ years, hunter/jumper, currently jumping 2'. Daughter has ridden mare here at the house, we took her for one private lesson at daughter's training stable and this past Tuesday we took mare to her first group lesson. Daughter hasn’t really jumped her much yet (at least not at any significant height) and in her lesson was asked to jump a 2’ brush jump (oxer w/ shrubs in the middle). Mare balked at the jump initially, then my daughter took her back around and completed the jump. It was pretty ugly--mare exploded when she got into the air. I really don’t know how my daughter stayed on, aside from her having the correct positioning, heels down, although she came out of the saddle and lost her stirrups. She took her around again and the 2nd time was less severe than the first, but still somewhat of an explosion. They did a few more jumps (another oxer and a gate) and it was better, but there was still a lot of energy.
Current trainer said that the mare is most likely going to continue jumping like this. That there can be some tweaking to make it “better” but it will always be explosive. The lady we purchased mare from seems to believe different. Mare is currently on a trial period. My daughter has fallen numerous times before…I understand that is going to happen…but my concern is the explosiveness of the jump and if it will, or can, get any better or if it was just the “newness” of the entire atmosphere.
That being said, my daughter has jumped her here at home, but only up to 15” jumps. There was one in particular that I remember that had a lot of energy, but did fine with it and they continued on course.
Long story short—I would like your opinion on whether this horse (an 11-year old Thoroughbred Mare) can be trained to jump without all the energy?
Current trainer believes it will not change; the lady we purchased from said it can.
The pros for this mare are numerous…she’s been great with everything else we’ve done with her (trailering is a work-in-progress, but we do eventually get her to load). She has great ground manners, gets along in the field with our others, was absolutely incredible with the vet and farrier. She’s a gentle mare, but it a bit anxious at times.
The mom in me is taking over, so I need other opinions. I want to be able to watch my daughter train with her new mare and not be worried about an explosion. My daughter's not fearful...but her trainer voiced concern and of course I am concerned. Any input would be appreciated.