A giant pet peeve of mine is people claiming that because they are focusing on the horse, their eq isn't great. This is like saying I forgot where my feet were when fell down because I was focused on walking up the stairs. Influencing the horse to go correctly and your eq are hand in hand, practically the same thing.
I see a horse running through a course on her forehead and the rider being a passenger. Were it not for her naturally large stride and all the speed she has you would not be getting your spots or striding. You are leaning forward and putting her on her forehand. Yes the horse can jump, now it is time for plenty of remedial work (read - dressage and flat work) to get you sitting correctly, and the horse actually uphill and collected and balanced. When the rider is sitting correctly and riding effectively, only then can the horse go to his best ability, and at that point the height of the jumps does not matter. Jumping over and over and over again does not serve to train the horse or help him progress up in fence heights, correct riding, systematic training and conditioning with jumping practice is what does.
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