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post #1 of 116 Old 04-04-2010, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
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This brought tears to my eyes!

A friend gave me the link to this vid. It is of last years Rolex and there was a moment in this footage that actually made me cry.

I know - I'm a sap, but it made me realize how much of a team these horse and riders are together, to accomplish what they had to, to be at Rolex and to represent the sport.

The rider you see at 3:37 - what she does to praise her horse after the combination they rode, actually brought tears to my eyes - and made me stop and realize, that I need to be like this with Nelson.

As much as I love him, I don't take the time to priase him during our rides, to tell him how proud I am of him - and just that breif moment shown to me in this vid, has changed my perspective on "TEAM".

I love it!

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post #2 of 116 Old 04-04-2010, 01:34 PM
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Ah, I love watching cross country videos! I don't think I'd ever have the guts to be actually ride cross country, but it sure looks awesome!

I think the sentiment of that lady at 3:37 is really awesome, that she's congratulating the horse for getting them safely over the combination. And I think it's awesome that that helped you see your relationship with Nelson in a slightly different light. =)
However, I have never seen a horse that actually enjoyed being smacked like that. I've seen tons of people just smack, smack, smack away on their horses and not one of the horses seemed happy. I actually cringe now whenever I see someone do that. My "trainer"/riding tips buddy put it to me this way (I used to be a "smacker"): She related smacking to another horse kicking or biting a horse in the field, and it makes sense to me. When I put all my strength into "patting" a horse, like that woman did, that isn't something a horse can recognize as a good thing since they've never experienced that kind of pressure when it means love. Also, what's another reason we might touch a horse on it's neck with that kind of force? When we're reprimanding it (hitting it for biting, what have you)! How's the horse going to know the difference between a "bad boy" hit and a "good boy" "pat"?
My friend recommended rubbing the horse on the shoulder as a way to say "good boy" since that can be related to two horses mutually grooming each other. I've been rubbing for a few years now and I can safely say, that even though it's less dramatic and "I'm telling my horse she's good"-looking, the horses I ride seem to like me better. Of course, that may be because I'm a significantly better rider than I was back when I was "patting" horses, I don't know.
But I feel better about it.

That was a great video, thanks for sharing!

And sorry for writing a novel... Haha

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Great video!! I agree they're impressive teams for sure.. and Rolex is SUCH a beautiful course!

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post #4 of 116 Old 04-04-2010, 05:40 PM
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This is why I love eventing.

Look like a SUPERSTAR, Ride like a FOUR STAR, Win like a ROCKSTAR
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Don't worry Kim brought tears to my eyes too that was beautiful
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Wow that was beautiful....and I'm not even an eventer!
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post #7 of 116 Old 04-04-2010, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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I just can't stop watching that part. It chokes me up everytime! I love it!

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Interesting video, yet as for me nothing I would cry about.

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Interesting video, yet as for me nothing I would cry about.
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post #10 of 116 Old 04-04-2010, 11:14 PM
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Aw...I totally get it MIE
No matter who I am rding when ever there is a moment and worthy of that praise the horse gets it!
Gave me the warm fuzzies!
I watched it
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