This got a little long sorry.
For the past three years I’ve had the pleasure of owning a goofy, quirky, chestnut warmblood. From the time I’ve owned him he’s had this habit of plunging his head down and throwing a few little bucks after hitting a pole or getting a long spot. It used to be like a running joke that it was his way of telling me off when I did something wrong (ie hitting a pole, or taking a long spot, or asking him to counter canter- which to him is a big no no). It didn’t take long to learn to ride it out, and so I marked it down as just a quirk he had and never worried about it. Over time though, it progressed to happening not just because we hit a pole or got a long spot, but also whenever he was excited, or forward, or we cantered a circle, or we went past my trainers dog sitting by the fence, or we were in a flat class with other horses, or just whenever he felt like it. It was brought to my attention recently when I asked a few of my friends to come out and do a “pony swap” day (I’m the only one who’s ridden him in 3 years). While attempting to jump him, all three of them fell off. One of them twice. So now it’s got me thinking it’s an actual problem that I probably shouldn’t have ignored for so long. He’s not in any pain, his saddle fits fine, etc etc. You can tell he genuinely enjoys jumping, which is why I’m conflicted. Is this a behavioral problem that needs fixing…or just him enjoying himself and something he’ll always do?
Any help/advice is very much appreciated, thanks!!