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    04-19-2010, 11:31 PM

How do they DO this???? I know this video is blurry, so I'll post another that's a slideshow of do they pick those off the ground without falling?!?! And it says they cannot pick it up off the ground from anything other than a canter or gallop...

...they must have VERY strong legs...and possibly be glued to the horses. Haha
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    04-19-2010, 11:39 PM
*** I just noticed the strap that attaches the stirrups by the girth area....that helps explain a little....still looks dangerous to me!
    04-19-2010, 11:52 PM
Green Broke
Wow that is scary
I got freaked out when they fully lean over the horse to get the ball
They must be some pretty good horses becauses it loooked like the riders dropped the reins at points and the horses carried on
One sport I will probably never try though lol
    04-20-2010, 12:01 AM
Wow you have to be an EXCELLENT rider with nerves of solid steel to try something like this. I still get jittery leaning down to check my girth at the WALK hahahaha
    04-20-2010, 01:00 AM
Whoa, that is awesome! It reminds me of polo and polocrosse. Pretty intense stuff.
    04-20-2010, 01:13 PM
Originally Posted by Amlalriiee    
...and possibly be glued to the horses.
You've never heard of velcro riding pants?
    04-20-2010, 01:45 PM
I would love to try that looks fun, although probably gets a bit boring running back and forward over and over
    04-20-2010, 02:19 PM
I read up on it a little...I guess it was banned for a while due to high mortality of riders, although I'm sure safety equipment has much improved since then...think that was 40s or something, if I remember correctly.

Jamesqf: no I have not, I think I need to invest in some, just fell off the pony on Sunday!!! Hahahaha

I agree with you all, it's amazing to watch and pretty awesome/intense stuff, but I don't have the steel nerves to do that. I'd like to try learning to pick things up like that though. Haha......but probably wouldn't be able to.
    04-22-2010, 04:48 PM
OMG !! I've just started horseball, literally yesterday and it's really fun, when I get the pictures i'll make it my picture :L, i'm new to horse forum too,, I want to join a team too but i'm only 14 years old and juniors have to ride horses under 14.2hh and I was wondering if anyone knew if the new rules are true,, juniors can ride horses up to 15hh,, this is england btw xx
    04-22-2010, 04:53 PM
Btw it's not just picking up from canter and gallop your just not aloud to stop :L,, and it's really safe, well no it's not just is show jumping or even hacking safe ? And you have a thing called a pick-up strap which attaches to both your stirrups and through your martingale loop and you pull one leg up and push the other down and you hook you leg over the ridge of the saddle a bobs your uncle your low enough to pick the ball up it's really fun but there's not many teams :( x

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