10-20-2012, 08:04 AM
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I also think that as jumps get HUGE, jumper's positions change somewhat to accommodate the tremendous height and relative body position-changes a horse must make to propel itself over that size fence. I reread the OP's original post, & perhaps it does seem a bit snarky, but...until they comment, I'm choosing to believe they were just pointing out what I (tried) to describe above...if otherwise, here's my response:
I follow this particular rider/trainer on YouTube. She's MAYBE 20, & has done phenomenal work with her very young, very previously abused, and VERY forward horse...she's recorded it ALL...the start thru where she is now, after 2 years, & I think her gelding was 4 when she acquired him...wild, nearly dangerous, and has in such a short time turned him into the envy of all YouTube horse-enthusiasts!
Despite this, some people have had the nerve to very rudely comment on her slightly "unorthodox" hand position (nothing she does with her hands is rough, or severe in ANY WAY) she simply holds them slightly less forward and a bit (A BIT) lower than many riders...rather than near his withers and shoulder length apart, they are slightly further back, nearer her upper thighs and behind the wither an inch or so...
Who knows why, but who cares? She doesn't show him so where she holds her hands to me, and to probably 32,000 of her 32,050 subscribers is not of any consequence. Her very kind response, given how a few have "spoken" to her about it, is, "My horse is happy, in lovely condition, in excellent form, and we have an amazing bond...so please leave my hand position to me, thanks!" :0)
Same goes for AWESOME JUMPERS! If they can get their happy and well-conditioned teammates around the course clear, sound, & excited about their jobs (& manage to WIN on top of that) who cares if they have a slightly unorthodox position!
***I'm not a jumper now and at my highest, in my extreme youth, I was lucky if my schoolmasters and I cleared 3" routinely. I can hardly remember that time in my life, so I don't speak for/as the many amazing, extremely well-educated jumpers here! These are only the opinions of a slightly over-the-hill woman with barely 5 months under my belt of relearning to ride on the FLAT after 15 years out of saddle!! ;0)
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