Having fences down! Grrrr... help?
My mare is 15.3hands, she is a registered british sports horse (but actually a Dutch wb x tb) and just turned 6 years old.
She is well schooled up and has been going very nicely, hacks out any where and passed anything, so is very bold. She is a pleasure to do in all ways and laid back to a nice degree. I have had her since she was 3 and we have a great relationship......
The only problem is......
She's the least careful (show) jumper I've ever encountered!! Its so frustrating as she will go cross country and never touch a fence. She will do everything in her power to get over a solid obsticle and absolutely loves it. Perfect brakes and outline in a snaffle with caverson and a pleasure to take.
Show jumps however are another story....she's not scared of them, nor is she faint hearted in the slightest, its only after she has had a pole down and realised that it comes down, that she will start having them down again and again. It is always with her front legs as she throws her backend up and out of the way perfectly. Its not consistant as sometimes she will fly every fence (loosing 5ft with ease on one occasion) and it happens regardless of whether im on board or she's loose jumping.
I have tried heavy wooden poles, bright colours, making them scary by hanging thing over them and all sorts but the majority of the time the fence (no matter how big or small) will come tumbling down. Although different days bring different outcomes.
I have tried pole work/cavelletties etc but she has no respect for them whatsoever. Also she is not over jumped at all, she does it once a week if that and the rest of the time she has a very varied work regime. She CAN jump and DOES but only when she fancies and I really could do with some advice....
Thank you in advance.