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post #181 of 200 Old 08-07-2012, 11:27 AM
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Wooo!!! Go Team GB! 2 GOLD in 2 Days!!!

We now have a medal in every equestrian discipline!
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post #182 of 200 Old 08-07-2012, 03:42 PM
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Two team golds and a team silver... not bad for three events, eh? Some fantastic riding. Can't wait for the individuals now, hopefully some more medals!!! Charlotte D. And Nick S. I'm especially rooting for (:
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post #183 of 200 Old 08-07-2012, 04:16 PM
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Hasnt she come far!
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post #184 of 200 Old 08-09-2012, 12:26 PM
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I hate to be a kill-joy but I don't think Charlotte's freestyle was a 90%... Alf had a better piaffe, and Charlotte fell behind her music and was behind for a lot of it - her previous record performance of it was better IMO.

I actually almost started crying after Laura B's test. It was so good, she rode every step and the short work was to die for. I think her score was a bit low, she was not 4% behind Adelinde (who had weird music, but the choreography was inventive - except the half passes straight out of the special). I really liked Laura B's choreography! I thought it was better than Charlotte's. She seems to do a heck of a lot of extended canter right to the same place - and Valegro spooked pretty harshly right at the canter-passage transition. I wonder where that got taken off her score?

Anyways, some spot on competition. I thought the top riders all were "podium worthy" and the top 3 are just spectacular on well, well trained horses with lots of showing under their belts. And congrats to GB on what now.. 5? Olympic equestrian medals!!!

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I wasn't thrilled with Adelinde's score, but hey ho. Parcival has spectacular movement, no doubt, but he looked tense, fussy with his mouth, often behind the vertical, and he did several piaffes where he did not really lower his quarters. I don't know why he scored higher than Alf and Uthopia, or Rubi for that matter.

But what do I know.

I'm happy Charlotte won gold and Laura bronze, though!
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post #186 of 200 Old 08-09-2012, 12:52 PM
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I wasn't thrilled with Adelinde's score, but hey ho. Parcival has spectacular movement, no doubt, but he looked tense, fussy with his mouth, often behind the vertical, and he did several piaffes where he did not really lower his quarters. I don't know why he scored higher than Alf and Uthopia, or Rubi for that matter.

But what do I know.

I'm happy Charlotte won gold and Laura bronze, though!
Yeah the bouncing croup was driving me a bit mental.. I wanted my bamboo stick and to thwack her in the hands and tell her to put some leg on and engage the horse!
But a lot of the rest of the work was outstanding, and the horse was still very active in the piaffe.

They did a mouth close up after her test, you can so tell they marshmallow paste him so his tongue/teeth blend into his lips... Oh well!

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Yeah the bouncing croup was driving me a bit mental.. I wanted my bamboo stick and to thwack her in the hands and tell her to put some leg on and engage the horse!
But a lot of the rest of the work was outstanding, and the horse was still very active in the piaffe.

They did a mouth close up after her test, you can so tell they marshmallow paste him so his tongue/teeth blend into his lips... Oh well!
Why would someone put marshmallow into their horse's mouth?

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post #188 of 200 Old 08-09-2012, 06:29 PM
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Why would someone put marshmallow into their horse's mouth?
Marshmallow paste.

I can name a lot of people that use it on the international stage. If your horse is not foaming at the mouth, and then gapes it, it is really obvious because there is a big red tongue peeking out at the judges (both of these things are contact issues which is a whole 'nother discussion). So to hide the gaping mouth, right before heading into the ring you get your groom to scoop a handful of marshmallow paste and smear it all on the inside of the horse's mouth and a little on his lips.
From far away you can't really tell if it's paste or foam, but on close ups it is obvious that the foam is foamed saliva and the paste is sticky and sugary and sticks to everything. But it's not illegal, so whatever works I guess...

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Marshmallow paste.

I can name a lot of people that use it on the international stage. If your horse is not foaming at the mouth, and then gapes it, it is really obvious because there is a big red tongue peeking out at the judges (both of these things are contact issues which is a whole 'nother discussion). So to hide the gaping mouth, right before heading into the ring you get your groom to scoop a handful of marshmallow paste and smear it all on the inside of the horse's mouth and a little on his lips.
From far away you can't really tell if it's paste or foam, but on close ups it is obvious that the foam is foamed saliva and the paste is sticky and sugary and sticks to everything. But it's not illegal, so whatever works I guess...

Thanks for the clarification, how odd.

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It was pretty obvious to me that Parcival was gaping his mouth, marshmellow paste or not.
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