06-20-2011, 11:58 PM
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Its sad to see such a talented horse, labour so much in his work. As Allison said, I did not agree with everything Gal did when he rode Toto, however everything flowed, he did not look laboured and looked as though he found the work easy and fun.
Here, he is labouring throughout the test. Other videos I have seen of this combination show Toto frequently breaking rhythm, coming very low in the poll and just generally disgruntled.
It is an enormous weight on Rath's shoulders though, as a young rider being given the ride of the world number 1 dressage horse that has continuously pulled out enormous scores. No doubt he is a decent rider, and maybe he just needs some more time to 'mesh' with Toto, but at this stage, I don't like it. Again as Allison said, I believe the big scores they are getting at the moment is because it is Totilas and they are so used to giving him huge scores. This was not a winning test and if they keep working at this quality, judges will HAVE to lower the scores and we will see a new world number 1. Which would be a shame, as Toto is CLEARLY a bit of a freak of nature, in his ability to do the grand prix work.