Ok now think of horses as driving a car? Would you be pleased if someone is trying to ride your bumper?
No I wouldnt be pleased, but I actualy have manners so would ignore the twit untill he went away! Horses can be trained to do the same.
I've seen it all to many times. Riders going up others rear ends and the horse that is having a horse come up his rear is the one disqualified. Explain to me that then?
Unfortunatly this is the nasty side of competition coming out, I've seen it many many times, riders intimidating others or causeing them to become disqualified in order to take a place. You have to train your horse not to react to this sort of thing. Also I get the feeling you have never been to high level competition, in the warm ups there no one else gives a **** if you want them to do something or if them cantering circles is causing problems for otherr people, it is everyone for themselves and they are going to do what is nessecary to get the best out of thier horse even if it upsets yours.
Case in point is the Welsh and Arab inhand classes, over here a few years ago at one show the Welsh cobs were in one ring and the leadrein show ponies (so with riders under 8 years old, some as young as 4) were in the ring next door. The welsh lot started rattling bottles, banging the metal railings and flapping plastic bags to wind up the stallions, this upset the leadrein ponies massivly, the response from the welsh lot was tough. Unfortunatly the practice of winding up Welshies and arabs still goes on.
Anouther point the warm up at one of my local venues is about 20m by 40m it is not unusual to have 20 ponies/horses in there of various sizes, and then a pony being lunged in the middle of it. There is no where else to warm up as the lorry park is concrete and all the schools are in use for various classes. So you get on with it, you teach your horse not to kick, You teach your horse different gears within the paces so that if you are trotting and someone cuts in infront of you then you just slow the pace a bit to give them more room and you don't have to change which gait you are in. My first show there this year there was 4 rings full of classes and just one warm up ring. Classes were generaly had about 15 horses in them, The lorry parks were so packed that they were parking the lorries on the road outside! You quite litteraly had 100's of horses fighting for a place to warm up so once you got into the warm up you took absolutly no prisoners!
kicking ia a natural instinct when a horse feels uncomfortable about something, so rather than make it more uncomfortable kinda let them tell you so you can work them through it.
Yes kicking is a natural instinct, but so is running away from that plastic bag on the floor or the judges very scarey hat (that might just be hiding a dragon). Part of prepareing a horse for the show ring is preparing it for what it may encounter in that ring and teaching it to react accordingly. You've trained your horse to accept a preditor (you) sitting on its back, it honestly isnt that hard to teach them not to kick out!
kickers have the right to show as well.. avoid them plain and simple.
sorry but having been on the recieveing end of a kicker I don't believe that they should be shown as they are a danger in the ring why should I have to change my warm up or comprimise my preformance on my well trained horse to go round a badly trained one.
Just remember even "perfect manner" horses can be set off ..they are after all still wild :)
Yes perfectly mannered horses can be set off, it can happen with any horse I am fully aware of it. However with a perfectly mannered horse it is far far less likely to happen and will take a horse a longer time to get to that point. Therefore it is far safer all round.
Riding and showing is dangerous enough as it is without adding BADLY mannered horses to the mix.