Okay, so there's this mustang at our barn whose name is Viento. He is owned by some people who live out-of-state and is ridden by our trainer about once or twice a week. He's not a BLM mustang (no tattoo or freeze-brand).
This horse is AMAZING! He is soooooo well-trained in the arena (the trail is a different story all together). He walks, trots, extended trots, canters, does flying lead changes, side-passes...and jumps. Boy, does he ever JUMP! If he sees the cross rails set up in the arena, he automatically wants to jump them. We were watching the trainer just playing with him the other day and she was jumping over a little 18" cross rail that I set up for them. He was seriously jumping it like it was a 3-footer! At one point, he actually cleared the top of the standards.
Today, however, he displayed an interesting behavior that we actually found kind of funny. The trainer had some trot poles set out from one of her lessons and decided to take Viento over them. She settled him into a nice (collected) trot and started over them. He did not trot over the poles. He JUMPED them! Not all of them, but he jumped the first two and then kind of bounced over the second two in quick succession. The trot poles were set with eight feet between each of them (the trainer was using my friend's 14hh arab mare for her lesson, so the poles couldn't be too far apart lol).
Has anyone heard of a horse trained to jump (and who loves jumping) doing this?