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    09-13-2012, 04:54 AM
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What a silly rule, you can't use them internationaly anyway.

Kayty - In GB tack stewards are super strict and apart from boots you are not allowed to warm up in any tack that you will not be riding your test in. Doubles only allowed at medium and above, but snaffles allowed to GP.

I will say in showing I have used earplugs but showing is a whole different ball game and they are allowed, when you've got an evening preformance with 20 horses cantering in a group, an electric atmosphere, music, cheering (right the way through the go round) and a somewhat explosive horse it is the safe decision, that said though on most horses I get them used to it before hand and go without.
I've also used them at a major county show where my ring was right next to the fairground (as in one of the rides extended out over the ring). I popped ear plugs in too prevent spooking at sudden screams etc.
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    09-13-2012, 05:31 PM
Originally Posted by Chiilaa    
Interestingly, the horse started flipping out after the rain stopped (or at least eased up)...
Yes it was really bizarre. A couple of times I thought he was trying to continue with his test, but maybe he was just trying to bring the horse back to something it knew to gain control.
    09-13-2012, 08:45 PM
Faye, Australia is still totally in the dark ages as far as Dressage goes. We're getting better (though the ludicrous Olympic selection didn't do anything to show that), but still have miles to go.
We'll allowed to lunge in sidereins at a comp, and warmup in a double bridle if so required (ridiculous), no other 'gadgets' allowed though.
Doubles are compulsary from advanced to GP at this stage. Hopefully that will change.

Alex, I agree, it did look like he was trying to continue. However I can see why, very very tactful riding on his behalf, rather than telling the horse 'Don't do that' he attempted to give it some direction. That's a good, thinking rider!
    09-14-2012, 08:38 PM
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I hear what sounds like a flyover or helicopter overhead. SOMETHING very loud. I suspect that may be what triggered the fiasco.

I don't drag this rider through the mud. Anyone who hasn't had a horse going at the top levels, have at least one blowout (of one form or another) Likely hasn't been doing it for very long. Ka ka happens to even the best horse, and it often happens at the worst time.
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    09-14-2012, 09:14 PM
I am fully supportive of him, and actually directly after the event I thought he did a great job dealing with a bad situation.

However, the Chef did a terrible job not protesting that they made him ride in that terrible downpour. AND now that there's this fallout and he's making a whole bunch of stupid excuses about there being a chemical reaction on the horse and that to me is what is totally unsportsmanlike.

Jan Ebeling's horse blew up in Vegas and he never said a word about it being the horse's fault, or wanting to use earplugs or that there was a chemical reaction on the horse's legs. All he's ever said about that event is that he screwed up in the ring, he screwed up in the training at home and the whole thing was his failing in training the horse to deal with scary noises and situations. And that, to me, is what dressage is about. Not petitioning to get earplugs because your horse can't stand noise.
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    09-14-2012, 09:32 PM
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That is not what "dressage" is all about....that is what sportsmanship is all about. Sadly, this guy is making excuses...and people are totally bashing him. I wonder which came first, not that it excuses anything.

I have seen terrible nastiness about the Canadian unfortunate teams. Hmmmm.....

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