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post #31 of 51 Old 04-21-2009, 12:33 AM
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I just don't see how anybody could bring themselves to steer towards a jump that big and follow through with it.
Takes yrs of training.

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post #32 of 51 Old 04-21-2009, 12:34 AM
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KT- I can see your viewpoint (which you are totally entitled to!), it seems crazy and maybe a little selfish to put another living being in that kind of a risk... but believe me, those horses LOVE it. They have to otherwise they wouldn't do it! Some horses have the heart but not the ability to make it big, some have the ability but not the heart. The truly amazing ones are the ones who have both. It's those kind of horses that inspire so many of us to dream bigger. And yes, money is definitely a huge factor but I have a feeling the riders are also in it for the passion of the sport. I would LOOOOOOVE the opportunity to jump a course like that! Well, ok, I'd love the experience and knowledge... and THEN the opportunity. :)
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post #33 of 51 Old 04-21-2009, 10:50 AM
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No one has offended anyone here - I am by far from being offended.

Believe me when I say, that many top level riders go through horses like toilet paper. When I say that - I mean, the one's who don't have the heart or the conformatoin to answer these tough questions, get turned down and end up at the lower levels or in other sports - for their wellbeing and health.

Not any horse that they get on, cuts it.

But remember as well - many of these top level riders, don't ride/own/use their own horses, they are on clients horses - sponsors. People who pay these riders to use their horses. It isn't until you make a big enough name for yourself, where you can afford to run your own barn and have your own horses.

It is an expensive, expensive, expensive world - majority cannot afford to own their own horses and pay for all the expenses. That is why they rely on sponsors.

That horse, is their paycheque. That interview or meeting at a restaurant with their sponsor, is their paycheque into the competition. They bring resume's, pictures, background to proove to these people who have the $, that they are the one for them to take the chance on.

If the horse doesn't cut it - neither does the rider.

That is why it is so important to have the horse who can conformationally do it, and mentally do it - who wants to do it.

Remember as well - it is the horse who carries the rider. That animal is their bread and butter. Without the horse, the competator is nothing.
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post #34 of 51 Old 04-22-2009, 01:31 PM
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Oh I can't wait to jump that big! I just don't have a horse that jumps that big currently. WOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!
I am SSOOOO with you there. A lot of people think I am nuts for wanting to go over 4' but ha ha bring it on baby!

Equuestriaan, if it were me I think the only thing going through my head is where my spot is LOL.

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post #35 of 51 Old 04-22-2009, 06:10 PM
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wow... i would especially be terrified in that first picture- just looking at that makes me go eek... look at that leg position! def not safe. don't worry- I still have tons of respect for them for jumping that height!
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post #36 of 51 Old 04-22-2009, 06:29 PM
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I would love to do this one day.
Unfortunately that would involve getting another horse to even think tof eventing at any level.
I can dream though :P
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post #37 of 51 Old 04-23-2009, 01:01 AM
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No one has offended anyone here - I am by far from being offended.

Believe me when I say, that many top level riders go through horses like toilet paper. When I say that - I mean, the one's who don't have the heart or the conformatoin to answer these tough questions, get turned down and end up at the lower levels or in other sports - for their wellbeing and health.

Not any horse that they get on, cuts it.

But remember as well - many of these top level riders, don't ride/own/use their own horses, they are on clients horses - sponsors. People who pay these riders to use their horses. It isn't until you make a big enough name for yourself, where you can afford to run your own barn and have your own horses.

It is an expensive, expensive, expensive world - majority cannot afford to own their own horses and pay for all the expenses. That is why they rely on sponsors.

That horse, is their paycheque. That interview or meeting at a restaurant with their sponsor, is their paycheque into the competition. They bring resume's, pictures, background to proove to these people who have the $, that they are the one for them to take the chance on.

If the horse doesn't cut it - neither does the rider.

That is why it is so important to have the horse who can conformationally do it, and mentally do it - who wants to do it.

Remember as well - it is the horse who carries the rider. That animal is their bread and butter. Without the horse, the competator is nothing.
Very true.

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post #38 of 51 Old 04-23-2009, 01:04 AM
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I am SSOOOO with you there. A lot of people think I am nuts for wanting to go over 4' but ha ha bring it on baby!

Equuestriaan, if it were me I think the only thing going through my head is where my spot is LOL.
I know right!? I was just jumping alot higher today and I can't wait.
My trainer is a Grand Prix rider were trying to find her next horse. One of our riders is determined to get her to the olympics.lol.

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post #39 of 51 Old 04-24-2009, 01:40 AM
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I don't think I'd mind the stadium jumps but I could never jump those x-country jumps with the huge ditches in front of them! :O

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post #40 of 51 Old 04-24-2009, 01:47 AM
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Equitation Star - here's the funny thing for me.

Alright - I grew up on 40 acres of land back on my parents property, riding horses out there. I was "eventing" before I even knew what eventing was...jumping whatever looked jumpable to me.

Ditches, creeks, fallen trees, this old stone wall. Up and down hills - just having fun without even thinking about "dangers"

Then - I joined Pony Club....and that was when I was introduced to Stadium Fences.

Believe it or not - I sweat and break down when I am told to jump a stadium fence. My heart thumps and I don't wanna do it.

I have to do it continuously to get over that.

BUT!!!! BUT!!!!!! You take me out on a CC course, and point at a 3'0" Table Top and tell me to jump that. I'll go at it hootin' and hollering WAHOOO!

I don't blink an eye at CC fences, where Stadium makes me nervous. That's the only thing that holds me back from progressing up.

I am comfortable doing 2'6" - 3'0" fences - IF I do them on a weekly basis. I have to jump once a week to remain comfortable and solid. But anything bigger than that, forget it.

The fences are big, open, spacious - and say I WILL EAT YOU IF YOU GET CLOSE TO ME.

CC fences - are welcoming, inviting, COME JUMP ME they say.

Odd - I know. Everyone tells me it is a mental thing...but I grew up jumping CC stuff....And I went C3 in pony club......oddly enough.
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