Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Sweden - the land of carrots and apples
I swear, somewhere in the world there is people shaking their heads and saying "they teach their horses to jump? That can't be good! Someday it will decide not to stay in the pasture and jump out! Or what if the horse decides to jump over random things when they ride?"
There's a lot of bad habits with horses. Some horses will run off with you.. does that stop you from teaching them a canter cue? Some horses will stop and refuse to go..do you refuse to teach them a halt then? Some will start backing, so you better not teach them that.
There was a time when it was very common to teach riding horses to rear, jump off the ground, kick etc. Those horses didn't do it ''because they wanted to get out of work''. Just like any horse that know how to canter won't take off just because it get's annoyed. Those who does would have done it anyway. It's natural for them.
And those that are trained poorly (think of small ponies trained by kids without proper guidance) they often have bad habits, not because trhe kids taught them things, but because they thaught it in a bad way.
It's much better to spread the safe way to teach things, than letting those who wants to do it, experiment on their own. Because they will.
Always keep your head up, but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level.