Originally Posted by CurlyIsASpecialStandie View Post
Thanks, and she just walks/trots through it making no effort to jump, so yes she knocks the pole down.
A lot of standardbreds do this. They are trained not to jump, EVER, under any circumstances, by their racing trainers. I don't know about Standies where you are but certainly where I am this is the case - it is VERY dangerous to have a horse that jumps in harness! People and horses get seriously injured and even killed when the horses jump with a cart attached.
Is there anywhere you can access with some small fallen logs that has safe footing? She can't go through a log, she has to go over it - it's one of the methods I tried to get my old Standie to jump.
How heavy are your poles? I have a friend whose horse just goes through the plastic poles but won't hit wood ones because the wooden poles having more substance, it hurts to hit them. They learn pretty quick to be careful.
Something that worked really well for me was proper cavalletti, with the X's at the sides. They can't knock them over so they have to go over them. My old Standie responded really well to this method.
There are as many different ways of training horses as there are horse-and-rider combinations. I still stand by my suggestion that you get lessons if you're not already taking them, though, because a good coach will be able to tell you a) if you and your horse are ready, and b) how to go about getting the horse to jump.
Edit; and they don't have to refuse for them not to be forward enough! I had a pony that rarely if ever refused and no matter what, he would NEVER be technically forward enough, ALWAYS cat-leaped, and nearly always put in a little extra half-stride. He was no hunter jumper, but he was an amazing little showjumper, incredibly honest and bold. I miss that pony, he was so much fun.