Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Great posts Strange :)
I don't think I know of many Eventing Mounts, who go around an XC Course on Auto Pilot. Maybe GAG.........but no Eventing Mount, should be going around on Auto Pilot......talk about dangerous.
Defensive riding, to me, is being solid in your tack. Being able to take anything, without getting "loose". Deeper heels, longer legs, solid seat, solid leg, active core - able to take on any fence, any distance, any pace - while remaining solid.
Interfering, to me would be - interfering your horse from doing their job. Getting left behind, climbing up on their neck, jumping ahead - all the cardinal "sins" that many of us riders commit when jumping.
Yes, form = function, but I think there is a fine line between being functional and becoming obsessed with "equitation" to the point where you stop being functional, but posing and perching.
Getting left behind is going to happen, jumping ahead is going to happen, becoming unbalanced at times, is going to happen - but that's where having a great Equine Eventing Mount as your partner, is important. A horse who can think for themselves, a horse who can cover your patootie regardless of how much you interfere on a particular fence, to get the job done.