Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
While these horses have spent allot of time in the dressage ring, and are very, very well rounded mounts - we have to remember that that these horses are also very powerful.
That is why, it bothers me immensely when I see lower level riders such as us, mimic the gear used on GP horses, on our own horses "GP riders use it, so can I" right - but those who do that, do that without understanding the why's and the how's and the when's.
I can only assume that this horse Eric is on, is a very powerful horse when he jumps and - it could be a clients of Erics? I don't know the story behind it - but I do know that as David O'Connor says "Train at home in a snaffle, use what you need to get the job done in the competative ring"
So - maybe Eric is using this extra "grab" to get his job done as a rider in that ring, for that particular ride - the job that he was hired to do - win, show off the horse - who knows what.
That's my assumption.