My dd's pony, like many others, seems to absolutely love jumping - although why she should with a great solid lump of girl on her back completely baffles me. But she does. She gets really excited, can't wait her turn, and goes over jumps all bright eyed and pointy eared.
So if she enjoys it so much why, when she's left alone in a field with a jump, doesn't she jump it?
Please don;t tell me that it's because she really hates jumping with a passion and all the signs that we thing are pleasure are actually stress and fear!
hope your daughter doesn't read this , however agree with tchootnika - a time and a place, just like most horses don't hoon about with riders on their back in the same way as they do in the paddock (even though of course some do )
Your mare is obviously a high achiever. Or are you secretly a Tiger Owner and push her like crazy. "Honestly, she loves doing it-she's much rather practice her flying changes than roll in the mud with the others. She is rather gifted, you know"
When we first had ponies the farmer used to do turnout in the mornings. There were about 20 horses and only one of him so he used to go round the yard one way putting on rugs and then go back the other way letting them all out of their stables, then he would herd them towards the field which happened to be through the schooling paddock. Some of the horses did enjoy a quick pop over the jumps on their way out but not many.