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        07-25-2013, 02:58 AM
      #11
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    first, while your horse has a lovely jump, he's no hunter. He's strung out, and running to the base of every fence. You got lucky here. The fences are small enough that you can miss and he will carry you. If they were bigger, and required an accurate ride, you'd either pull rails, or end up crashing. I'm a jumper rider... and while I can appreciate hunter folks being burned out on the hunter circuit and moving over... I don't appreciate the idea that you can just run at things and "hope for the best" in the jumper ring. Hunters, Jumpers, Equitation, all of them require a rider that is RIDING and a horse that is LISTENING. Sit up, say whoa, don't lean at your fence, and ride each jump like it's the only jump in the arena and you need to be as accurate as possible to it. You can't just ride to survive.
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        07-26-2013, 06:41 PM
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    Originally Posted by Oxer    
    first, while your horse has a lovely jump, he's no hunter. He's strung out, and running to the base of every fence. You got lucky here. The fences are small enough that you can miss and he will carry you. If they were bigger, and required an accurate ride, you'd either pull rails, or end up crashing. I'm a jumper rider... and while I can appreciate hunter folks being burned out on the hunter circuit and moving over... I don't appreciate the idea that you can just run at things and "hope for the best" in the jumper ring. Hunters, Jumpers, Equitation, all of them require a rider that is RIDING and a horse that is LISTENING. Sit up, say whoa, don't lean at your fence, and ride each jump like it's the only jump in the arena and you need to be as accurate as possible to it. You can't just ride to survive.
    I believe you miss understood what I meant. I wasn't saying by any means Jumpers need any less riding. All I meant was it was alright for us to make a mistake because there was no judging only against a clock. There was no "hope for the best here." I was riding that horse with all I had which I have a lot I ride some crazy horses from time to time. This horse is just very green and easily excited and this was the first real course we got to do after he had been on a trailer for 6 hours then in a stall for two days the little hacks I could do just weren't enough and since I work as groom at most of the shows to my trainer so I could afford to go to them I didn't have enough time between classes to lunge him the time needed to run off his freshness. The next day he was more responsive and we went around beautifully as if it was an equation round. I wasn't riding to survive I was riding my strong horse to the best he would respond we aren't perfect and I don't appreciate you claiming I went out there and just ran my horse off his feet and hoped for the best. In truth this horse doesn't respect little fences and blows me off but around 3 foot he backs off and listens. If you listen to the video closely I am talking to him and saying "Whoa" the girl who is filming even laughs and says they hope the video picks up on my voice and everything I was saying and doing trying to back him off his jumps. I wasn't just sitting there and hoping for the best as you implied clearly on the video you can see that...
         
        07-27-2013, 01:04 AM
      #13
    Yearling
    There isn't any reason to become defensive. I have been riding for a long time. All kinds of horses. And I make no qualms about having been someone that "rides to survive" from time to time. I did a lot of that, as a matter of fact, with my current jumper until he and I clicked. I'm only critiquing what I see. I'm not saying that you didn't sit down and pull with all your might and plead with him to slow the heck down. I'm simply saying that everything that was going on in the round was messy, and you got lucky. This doesn't make you any less of an awesome rider. As a matter of fact, it's horses like these that make us stronger, smarter, and better riders. Don't make excuses for your round or your horse. Own what you do as a rider and grow from it. You'll be better for it in the end, trust me.
         

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