Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The Bluegrass State
Some big eventer actually got asked that question once. Her answer was similar to this.
Horses are naturally pretty lazy animals. Unless they have a darn good reason, they won't see a need to jump out of their enclosure. Of course, this doesn't apply to every horse - some horses just really want to be with their buddies, and will gladly hop pasture fences. Other horses seemingly jump them for no reason. But actually, these horses aren't the grand prix jumpers. Horses that are trained to jump big are trained to listen to their riders - if the rider isn't telling them to use all their energy and jump the fence, why bother? It's like someone asking you to run cross country, 50 miles, at a run. Some people would do this just because they love it. But most people wouldn't go anywhere near it, unless there was some big prize at the end! Right? Same with horses.
~ When I Die, Remember Me By My Horses ~
* Because They Are Responsible *
.: For Letting Me Live :. (c) xJumperx