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post #21 of 116 Old 04-05-2010, 08:47 PM
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I think the reason it made MIE and me teary eyed is because when you are going around a low level cross country course never mind a 4 star one you rarely see people patting their horses on their way around because they are just concentrating on the job at hand and will pat their horses at the end but this rider showed how much of a team her and her horse are by patting him throughout the ride,
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if you are slapping i doubt your horse will get the picture.
I am pretty sure they do :) Again - body language speaks loud to horses, dogs, cats, animals of all species.

But unlike some, I don't hit my horse to discipline either. The Rolex Eventer in this video, was giving positive energy to her horse through her body language. Completely different from one smacking their horse when they get angry at them.

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post #23 of 116 Old 04-05-2010, 09:31 PM
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That was fantastic. The ppl that do cross country have some serioud gonads.
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ROFL! Gonads - I like that!

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post #25 of 116 Old 04-05-2010, 09:51 PM
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One thing is for certain, when your adrenaline is up you are no where near as sensitive. I am sure that horse's adrenaline was pumping pretty good and the slap did not feel as hard as it would if he was snoozing in the pasture.
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post #26 of 116 Old 04-05-2010, 09:59 PM
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Oh my gosh, that was so awesome! i love it when people praise there horses for there good work and actually think about them, unlike some people that just tire them out for nothing.

"A stubborn horse walks behind you,
an impatient horse walks in front of you,
but a noble companion walks beside you."
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post #27 of 116 Old 04-06-2010, 03:41 AM
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I saw a couple times riders praised their horses after a jump.

I think I over praise my horse. :p Constantly telling him what a good boy he is when he does the littlest things.

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post #28 of 116 Old 04-06-2010, 04:03 AM
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Eh, i'm with Roro and Dressage. Nice vid, but nothing to make me tear up. It's sad that praising your horse is such a rare thing that it causes such a reaction.

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post #29 of 116 Old 04-06-2010, 04:48 AM
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Nice video, the patting made me smile, because is shows just because them and their horses are jumping incredible stuff and train hard every day. The riders still have the passion and team work with their horses to praise them, when they are going around a cross country course at an incredible speed.

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post #30 of 116 Old 04-06-2010, 07:06 AM
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Well, send the horse out alone on a course, then run it yourself without the horse. I guarrantee you will have a new concept of the term 'partnership', for sure : ). I enjoyed the vid, MIE, I am with you. Tho I did not cry over it, I was not untouched by it.

And for those that felt no need for tears (some are just more sensitive than others and we all have different soft spots), evidently the video was still enough to evoke thought.... we posted here about it : )

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