Originally Posted by princecharming View Post
hmm, craziest thing(s) ove seen:
-last show a sawa a girl warm her horse up for TWO HOURS before her dressage test o.O this was at an event and the horse and rider still had to ride the test, warm up for staduim, just a course AND go cross-country..that horse must have been super horse!
Not that unusal. If the horse is sharp and spooky then it can take hours of work to get the horse ready to do a half decent dressage test.
In UK showing I have seen people lunging for 4+ hourse before thier childs class, it only just took the edge off the pony which was still a handful.
this is only my second show season so havnt seen anything to crazy but at last months show the people parked beside us had a horse that was rearing and acting crazy, I noticed he had leg rapps on and thought "omg there burning that horse" but just let it go an figured they didnt want him to scratch his legs in the trailer. later that night i watched them take the raps off.. it took them about 45 minutes to an hour and were late getting in the ring. i was shocked. (it was a horse with a package or pads on or whatever that junk is) i also heard later that they had to give the horse a shot of whiskey to calm him down.
same show a girl was leaving the ring after getting second or third place (cant remember) and the horse just falls, kinda like he triped. i laughed when the owner said "oh he just gets lazy somtimes"
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Why did you jump to burning straight way? it could have been that they were protecting the legs in the trailer. I wrap all of mine for traveling.
If they were burning the horse why wasnt something done about it?
my trainer was at a local show with a bunch of students, and the main ring (a very large grande prix sized ring) was sectioned off into smaller dressage rings and warmups using white rope tied to posts. a horse got loose during one of the test after a fall, and began wildly galloping about. unable to see the white nylon ropes, the horse became tangled in the ropes and continued to gallop around the stadium, catching other people and horses in the tangle as he ran. as a result of this, four horses needed to be put down and seven people were sent to hospital with critical injuries. one of my trainer's students was caught up in the mess and had her ankle broken when she was dragged by the rope. since then, it's been customary to steer clear of using rope as fencing at the shows, as the horses can't see it!
They can see electric rope ok and white rope is regularly used at almost every show in the UK. It was probably less a case of horses being unable to see the rope and more a case of the horse being to paniced to see it (mine has been too paniced to see a brick wall before). Bolting blind is more than just a saying.
I've shown for many many years and got loads of stories.
One of the funniest was a friend of mine who was showjumping, she had very very tight white jods on that were rather thin, I pointed out to her that you could see her knickers through them (red and blue stripes with minnie mouse on the front). rather than buy a white pair of knickers or a thicker pair of jods she chose to remove said knickers.
Unfortunatly whilst jumping one of the larger jumps on the course the seam on her jods split, leaving her naked bum hanging out for the world to see.
I've been sat on a pony who had been an angel all day, won his 2 ridden classes and was almost garenteed the championship as he outclassed everything on the showfield.
Unfortunatly in my individual show his sense of humor reared its ugly head and as I pushed him for an extended canter he launched into a bronc session that any rodeo bronc would have been proud of! God only knows how I sat it but I did! I have photos of me sitting on him with his hind feet above my head!
Conciquently I did not win the championship, I did however get a "well sat" from the judge!