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    03-11-2010, 08:01 PM
My comment about hyperflexion was a response to Anabel saying that the judge does not score the rider. (Frogot to quote that part). But if Anky's horse is hyperflexed and the judges give her good scores, they are in effect rewarding her for bad riding/training. Same difference as if they actually were scoring her instead of the horse. Does that make it clear?
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    03-13-2010, 04:45 PM
The thing is, Anky doesn't use rollkur in the competition arena, and judges can only score the ride they see. Rollkur is used as a 'training id' - It isn't used in competition or they WOULD be penalised.
    03-14-2010, 08:16 PM

I would truthfully have to say the horses that they use in rodeos. Not the bucking ones, the ones that corral the bulls and horses back to the gate. They stay calm when they have a bucking horse running next to them and when the riders jump on to the horse, they could care less.
    03-14-2010, 08:27 PM
^ Pick up horses :]
    03-15-2010, 05:28 PM

Originally Posted by wild_spot    
^ Pick up horses :]
Yes! Thank you! I was having a brain issue cause I was just discussing whether I should buy one or not and then I was like...what are they called? =)
    03-17-2010, 08:16 PM
Polo ponies - hands down. I've ridden quite a few jumper and dressage horses (no western though) as well as a number of polo ponies. Those polo horses would do anything. I could do basic dressage with them, jump, whatever I asked, they were ready to try. I can only assume they would excel at western disciplines because they can stop and turn on a dime and are extremely fast (often quarter, small TB or a cross). They're extremely athletic and very brave.

They were also extremely easy going on the ground - we routinely walked 3 or 4 at a time, made loud noises, etc and I never saw any get stressed.
    03-17-2010, 08:37 PM
I wanted to add that the polo pony I rode most often was nicknamed "The Animal" and considered one of the hardest horses to ride in our college string. Now, I am no exceptional rider, believe me, and she was hands down the most sensitive and just plain "easy" horse I've ever ridden. I've never been very good at dressage, but I could make that horse go from collected to extended trot and move laterally with just my seat - I have never had the ability to do that on another horse. I credit her training and her personality totally for making me look good And she knew the rules of the game far better than I did - I just had to look at the ball or another horse and she knew what to do.

I also know a pony who jumped a 4' arena door accidentally. The exercise was to stop as close to the wall as possible, so his rider sat down and rode him to the base of the wall and the horse jumped it easily - the first jump of his life.

They're really amazing horses and I don't think they get nearly enough press or credit.
    03-18-2010, 04:55 PM
I remember an old polo pony who retired to do dressage --- at 4th level. He was lovely.
    11-19-2010, 12:00 AM
I would have to say Western iding Horses (NOT WESTERN PLEASRE BTW) srry lots of people get those disiplines mixed up . . Grrr.


A. Most western horses are trained slow and collected but western riding requires impulsions and and collection.
B. FLYING LEAD CHANGES. They are the ultimate test o9f a horses training as they take impulision, collection an dlots of training!!!
    11-19-2010, 12:36 AM
Huh. At the beginning of this thread, my brain was shouting REINERSREINERSREINERS, as I just watched the WEG reining competition and fell in love with the sport and the calm obedience.

Then I went to read on and saw fox hunters and polo ponies. I agree with these entirely.
Over the summer I went roading with a fox hunting group. Their horses, despite being hot at home, were some of the most calm and obedient horses I have ever seen. They would do anything for their riders. As soon as they left the gate, they immediately knew what their job was and acted the part. A horse that was going roading with all of us started bucking and rearing out of control and they didn't bat an eyelid. In fact, they actively IGNORED the horse after that. Amazing horses.
Polo ponies is more iffy for me, but that's probably because my barn is half polo, and the polo riders are awful to their horses sometimes. Not all the time, mind you, but sometimes. Despite the bad trainers, the horses are incredibly willing to learn and adapt. If you're ever looking for a high level dressage horse, look for a good polo pony. These horses listen to your seat like its all they have. They learn things quickly and usually have very adjustable gaits. "My" horse is an ex polo pony, who was in polo as a key horse...Until they stopped desensitizing her to the mallet, and she leaped every time it moved. I can easily make her walk faster and slower with just my seat, and go from canter to trot, trot to walk, and walk to halt with just seat and a little leg about 90% of the time. She won't pick up a lead if I'm leaning to the inside, and has once or twice tripped on purpose because she didn't like that I was on the wrong diagonal. (True story!) Those horses can be amazing.

If you can't tell, polos have a little soft spot in my heart. <3

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