Originally Posted by ponyjumper
horses don't get to decide what they like and what they don't like. The girl that rides my pony for me (as I am too tall) Says taylor doesnt like draw reins, or trotting crossrails, well for now on everytime she rides him she is to ride with draw reins and to trot cross rails.
Only to a small degree. My horse would love to cut off corners or fall in, but he's not allowed to. How many horses would pick work over lounging with their buddies eating grass? Even if they enjoy work, they still LOVE sitting around and eating. Doesn't mean my horse gets to be a bum. My horses have never missed a meal, a vaccination, a hoof trimming, a vet appt when necessary... I take great care of my horses, in exchange for them working for me. IMO, it's a fair deal. HOWEVER, it is also my responsibility to treat my horses well when they're working. Some horses simply do not want to jump. They will never enjoy it. They will never be successful at it. I don't think it's fair to try and make them jump. There are other disciplines for them to excel in. It is also my responsibility to be fair and train in a way that makes work a positive experience so that they don't get burned out or afraid of jumping. Can a horse get past this? Often, yes. With very very proper and correct training a horse can get over the fear of jumping. Rushing, refusing, and leaving the ground too early is caused by pain, fear, or plain bad riding/training. If you're looking at this horse to buy, I would pass. Maybe it'll work, but there's no guarantee. There are too many good horses out there to take a risk on something like her.