Whats your advice on a horse that over jumps when going over trotting poles?
I have a very sweet Arab mare whose chief delights in life seem to be trail rides, food and jumps. Whenever I am at pony club and there are ground poles laid out, she will walk up to them, rock back on her hind quarters and jump them at about 40cm. If we are trotting over them, the jump height will be around 60cm. If we place two poles in a row next to each over, she will jump lower but wider. Her record is 7 trotting poles all cleared in one bound when my (experienced) friend thought she could cure her of the habit.
While she is doing this, she is totally relaxed with easy quiet paces and a nice, soft arch so I don't think she over-jumps out of fright. She genuinely seems to enjoy this and one more than one occasion, has actually given a low nicker apon seeing the poles! She will do this regardless of energy level.
She also over jumps while going over small jumps (around 50cm is as height as I jump at the moment) but she only over jumps then by about 20cm more than the actual jump height so I'm not worried about that.
I do not particularly mind her jumping poles except for the fact that I am due soon to be tested at pony club and have no intention of failing because my mare would not step over a pole. So I am hoping that you or someone else on here might have some advice?
(PS: I know for certain she has no bad experiences while jumping. For one part, she adore jumping. For two, I was the first person to ever jump her and I have owned her for all of her jumping life.)