Originally Posted by boldstart
The anti - jumps campaign had made the sport alot worst.
Lowering the jumps and making the bristles soft plastic taught the horse to merely skip through the fences. The jumps need to be higher and have a hard brush so the horses have to slow down and actually use their haunches to jump.
This exactly. Also, have a look at NZ jumps races - higher jumps, less fatalities. Slower times of course but a win is a win after all, you don't have to beat the land speed record over fences, you just have to be faster and more accurate than the rest of the field.
It is certainly a dangerous sport and sadly there are many injuries and fatalities. Almost all of which are due to rider error and poor course design IMO.
ETA: BSMS, I used to work for the TAB which is the National Gambling mob in Oz, seen many many a jumps races run and the type of thing you mentioned happes quite a bit! Interestingly, when the rider is dislodged, the horse will often jump the course, despite being able to run around
the fences on most tracks if it chose to. They jump much more accurately without rider intervention in most cases