Originally Posted by jumanji321
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.