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post #21 of 24 Old 12-03-2012, 07:38 PM
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I "tear around" the 2 6 course and win bc I'm fast but that's only because at least with my horse up until 3 3 she can take almost anything from any distance I'm not endangering my horse or myself she's only about 15'3 and can take that height easily don't judge if you don't know the whole story
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The thing is, ripping around a course is incredibly dangerous and can hurt your horse as it puts a lot of extra strain on their tendons and legs. I used to rip around courses and then I realized that I could hurt my horse and she is 2 inches shorter than yours. Sure she can do it, but in the long run it could be detrimental to both your horse's health and training.
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post #22 of 24 Old 12-03-2012, 10:44 PM
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The thing is, ripping around a course is incredibly dangerous and can hurt your horse as it puts a lot of extra strain on their tendons and legs. I used to rip around courses and then I realized that I could hurt my horse and she is 2 inches shorter than yours. Sure she can do it, but in the long run it could be detrimental to both your horse's health and training.

Agreed. I've never seen you (smokin) ride so I can't say what your rounds are like, but I'm not against "fast". I've let loose in a jump off. I've made risky turns and jumped off angles. I'm against people who don't know how to ride, can't find a distance, can't even half halt, tear around with their horses so heavy and unbalanced that their horses are slipping, crowds are gasping, etc. And they win because they're fast, not because their round was good. If the goal is simply to win, great. These people have won. My goal is to ride well with the fastest time and show off my horse to the best of his ability. And just because a person hasn't had an injury yet does not mean that it is not dangerous.
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post #23 of 24 Old 12-04-2012, 08:24 AM
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Agreed. I've never seen you (smokin) ride so I can't say what your rounds are like, but I'm not against "fast". I've let loose in a jump off. I've made risky turns and jumped off angles. I'm against people who don't know how to ride, can't find a distance, can't even half halt, tear around with their horses so heavy and unbalanced that their horses are slipping, crowds are gasping, etc. And they win because they're fast, not because their round was good. If the goal is simply to win, great. These people have won. My goal is to ride well with the fastest time and show off my horse to the best of his ability. And just because a person hasn't had an injury yet does not mean that it is not dangerous.
See the thing with Indy and I is that I won't ask her to do anything she doesn't want to do she's always nice and valences in the corners and she's always round over the jumps she almost never jumps flat so I do see your point with some people and when it gets to about 3 3 we ride any jumper course basically like a medal course. One thing I have seen is at the year end show at a local show I went to it was pouring people were making the turns and speeds I usually do but in the puddles I basically trotted the courses I do care for my little girls well being
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post #24 of 24 Old 12-04-2012, 09:35 AM
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Really, i think its a preference. I do agree that every jumper should start as a hunter to perfect form and basics of learning to see distances and striding to the jumps. However! I personally adore Jumpers. The adrenaline and speed and height of the jumps gets my blood going and hooks me every time i jump. Ive been a jumper now for 5 years (hunter for 3) and have been showing for 2 years in the jumper ring and have never left without a pocket full of firsts and seconds. haha :) learn Hunters first, then if youre an adrenaline and precision junkie, join the Jumper ring! see ya then ;D

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