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post #1 of 77 Old 08-11-2010, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
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Question Rolex jumps

Ok so I was watching Rolex videos on youtube because...well...come on, I event so of course I sit and watch Rolex youtube videos!!

Anyway...my husband came in and asked why they don't just make all of the Rolex jumps out of that "fake wood", that kind of foam stuff, so that if the horses (or riders) fell it wouldn't cause as much damage, it would break away. I told him I know they're starting to with some stuff from what I've heard, but I wasn't sure why they wouldn't be done like that now, with how high those jumps are and all...

Anyone know the answer??

You know, so things like THIS would happen less frequently!

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I think they are trying to do something like that maybe ?? The hard part is that the material shouldnt shatter/splinter & hurt the horse more

As a side note, at the event I went to last weekend to jump judge there was a rotational fall on a training course & the rider broke their shoulder =/

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I Couldnt agree more! I can tell ya, if and when I start eventing I don't want that to happen But if it did, I would rather land on my feet, not my face....hmmm...oh well!

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As a side note, at the event I went to last weekend to jump judge there was a rotational fall on a training course & the rider broke their shoulder =/
Ouch!!

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i Couldnt agree more! I can tell ya, if and when I start eventing I don't want that to happen But if it did, I would rather land on my feet, not my face....hmmm...oh well!
Just do low levels and you won't have to worry (as much) ;) Like what I do with my mare...little mini events!


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I think in addition to breakaway jumps, they should have solid looking jumps that aren't solid. But, when a horse hangs a hoof and taps it, it will destroy the jump as that keeps happening - are they going to just put holds on the course to keep replacing the jump in question?

Then there is the thrill factor, and people who say eventing wouldn't be eventing if the jumps aren't solid.

Check out this video, it talks about rotational falls, why they're happening more and the safety measures being taken, proposed ideas and reasons the FEI is dragging their feet on the issue-
E:60-After The Fall - ESPN Video - ESPN

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I think in addition to breakaway jumps, they should have solid looking jumps that aren't solid. But, when a horse hangs a hoof and taps it, it will destroy the jump as that keeps happening - are they going to just put holds on the course to keep replacing the jump in question?

Then there is the thrill factor, and people who say eventing wouldn't be eventing if the jumps aren't solid.

Check out this video, it talks about rotational falls and the safety measures being taken, proposed ideas and reasons the FEI is dragging their feet on the issue-
E:60-After The Fall - ESPN Video - ESPN
Thanks for the info! Personally for all the $$ Rolex puts into the darn event, I think they ought to build new jumps on the **** SPOT every time someone knocks them down ;) hehe (of course I'm jokin!)

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It takes more time to put someone on a stretcher or in a body bag than it does to re-set a jump. I think that it's quite foolish to not have safer jumps on the course.
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Then there is the thrill factor, and people who say eventing wouldn't be eventing if the jumps aren't solid.
I think it would be terribly sad of people to put the 'thrill' of eventing above the safety of the horses we ask to perform such dangerous tasks for us :[

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I think it would be terribly sad of people to put the 'thrill' of eventing above the safety of the horses we ask to perform such dangerous tasks for us :[
Me too, but that was one of the issues brought up in the video I linked in my last post.... I can't figure it out.

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