Originally Posted by Chiilaa
However, the reason we don't see dime-a-dozen GP jumpers is simply the fault of the rider. It is our job to get the horse to use himself to the best of his ability, and anything less than that is a failure on our part.
i don't totally agree with this. Some horses are gutless. My 17.3 Czech warmblood was sold to me as a meter thirty horse... and from day one he would much rather canter a delightful cross rail than even entertain the meter ring. However, my 15.2 mutt of a backyard cow pony is as brave as they come. He might not even be able to clear it, but he's going to tuck as tight as possible and, "dammit, we're going over it!"