Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Southern California
there is no competent jumper rider on this planet, that sets out to restrict their horses head, neck, and ultimately their jump. I say the word competent, because there are plenty of ill trained and incompetent jumper riders out there.
With that being said, if a Prix level rider was "restricting" their horses jump in any way, they would cease to be competitive. So what you may think is restrictive, may simply be the way the horse has to be ridden. If I jumped my horse on a loose rein, he would immediately think that I dropped him. He jumps his most confident when he feels like someone's in the drivers seat!
Life seems mighty precious, when there's less of it to waste.