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post #11 of 42 Old 09-08-2010, 11:22 AM
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Speedy, you're a better rider than about 99% of the planet if you can sit a fallen, sliding horse. I don't see where he's a 'pathetic' rider at all.

These are snapshots in time. I'd like to see the whole match, in order to decide whether or not he deserves the 'abusive' title they're throwing at him.

Don't the riders have a string of 7 or 9 horses for each match? I'm not sure of the exact number, but I know they don't ride just one horse for the whole game.

Polo's a rough sport, and horses and riders collide and jostle each other. There's no telling, unless you were there, how that horse got its injury.
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I've seen more blood from a squished fly.....

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Ahhh while I feel for the horse with the spur wound...im sure its a lot more common that we think. It just happened to show up because of him being the Prince and all.

I also don't see anything really interesting in the videos other than the fact that he appears to be a sour sport after falling. Tossed his club (or whatever!) in the first and looks fit to spit in the second. In both cases...the horse ran off...could be high powered polo ponies or could be he's not super nice to them. Either way...I've seen worse on a pay to trail ride.
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Ahhh while I feel for the horse with the spur wound...im sure its a lot more common that we think. It just happened to show up because of him being the Prince and all.

I also don't see anything really interesting in the videos other than the fact that he appears to be a sour sport after falling. Tossed his club (or whatever!) in the first and looks fit to spit in the second. In both cases...the horse ran off...could be high powered polo ponies or could be he's not super nice to them. Either way...I've seen worse on a pay to trail ride.
Now that's something worth mentioning! I didn't pay close enough attention in the first video, I thought he was joking with his buddies so I went back and rewatched... He was MAD! He did throw his club and he was yelling at someone... As a public figure he should really work on that!

The second video I think he got the sense knocked clean out of himself!

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The second one he landed flat on his back. That's a crappy way to fall...knocks the wind right out of your lungs! The first one he looks like he is angry like maybe someone interefered with him? He looks about ready to throw punches in the first video!
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Speedy, you're a better rider than about 99% of the planet if you can sit a fallen, sliding horse. I don't see where he's a 'pathetic' rider at all.
Not to the discussion of him being a good rider or not, but I remember seeing on TV may be a month back him fallen off the horse not at the polo game (where like in racing things happen and fall doesn't mean you are a bad rider, or pathetic), but in front of the crowd just riding. Not sure what went wrong, but horse slightly bucked almost at the walk and he fell off. May be he was drunk, who knows.....
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If there was video of all the times I've fallen off, I'd look like a pretty incompetent rider myself. Everyone has fallen off and looked like an idiot... he just has the misfortune of lots of people filming it and making a hubbub about it.

Polo is a rough sport that many people do not agree with on many levels, but this instance is trivial compared to most. I doubt he made a conscious choice to keep riding the horse despite a spur wound. As others have said, it would be very difficult to see or notice this in the chaos of a polo match.
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I don't know if three public falls makes you a bad horseman....and I doubt he is cruel to the horses. His horse died a few months ago at a game and he was crying hystarically...that is not how the horse "realestate" buyers usually act when they loose a horse.

I can't really give an opinion on the spurs issue since I have never played polo, but looking it could be easy to puncture the horse by just a sideswipe of another player.
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I also don't see anything really interesting in the videos other than the fact that he appears to be a sour sport after falling. Tossed his club (or whatever!) in the first and looks fit to spit in the second. In both cases...the horse ran off...could be high powered polo ponies or could be he's not super nice to them. Either way...I've seen worse on a pay to trail ride.
He reacted like a normal person. I'd be mad too.

As far as the horses running off - show of hands for those that have a horse that stands by the fallen rider AT A COMPETITION when there is nothing holding the horse . . . I am not talking at home or on a trail ride. I am talking show, rodeo, endurance ride, etc.
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I do agree..all horseriders will crash and burn.
I have had fallen so many times but never have got hurt..yet.*knocks on wood*
Falling is part of the sport of riding horses. It happens.
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