Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
I didn't realize we were talking about something on command. So no, if I want the horse to jump it, we'll jump it. If I want to walk (or even canter, for whatever reason), we'll do that.
I never said that it is always dangerous, I said that it's especially dangerous when you're not on a very wide or well-ridden trail that you have to actually navigate instead of just plodding along and all of a sudden jumping,
Cueing something is very different than the horse deciding to do what it wants, which is what I was talking about. I know I want a trail horse to automatically walk over crossings, because I'm sure I'll want to toss a friend on them and trust that they won't come flying off into a creek because my horse felt like jumping instead of walking. I want jumping to be something I need to ask/cue for, not the walking that I want to be common thought.
ETA-Maura, while I agree with everything else, I don't agree that the horse in front stops the horse jumping. I've seen a horse that was sold last year pretty much jump on top of, right beside, etc the horse in front. The horse was fine with a confident rider and would walk through anything, but he jumped everytime he had a rider that wasn't 100% sure he wasn't going to launch himself over crossing.
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Last edited by Iseul; 02-27-2012 at 07:50 AM.