Okay so I am looking at this 12 year old Thoroughbred. The owner says that she used to be a Prelim Eventer when she was younger but her trainer rushed her and she no longer likes to jump. She said that where she boards the trainer is one of the best where we are. She says she will jump way before a jump or not at all. The only reason she likes to jump on a fox hunt is because of the hunt mentality for the horses. Now I've been riding for 5 years and my first horse was "burnt out" when it came to jumping well me and my trainer took her back to basics and started to teach her not to be afraid to jump. We started her back on trotting over ground poles and worked our way up. Well at the end of 6 months me and my trainer hade her back to jumping 2'6''. The thoroughbreds owner says she's (the trainer)tried multiple times with no success because it's unsafe to jump where she takes off. Well my trainer (who by the way has been training hunter/jumper horses for thirty years) says that alot of eveter trainers (NOT ALL!!!) tend to rush their horses and not take their time training the horse to jump confidently and correctly and they get burnt out. She told me a reason the horse could be jumping early is because she realizes she can not put another stride in. And refusing could be cause by doubt (because they know the horse doesnt like to jump) or dropping of shoulders.
Well I need some advice I really like this mare and I do believe we can work her back into jumping with time and patience.