Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Is there anything you did to of caused the outcome? Your position in the tack, your legs, your shoulders, your eyes? Anything you could of done with your body to of told your horse "Maybe we shouldn't do this?"
Horses jump blindly - Your horse cannot see the fence when you are about 3 strides out - so something had to of happened to of caused the skid stop?
When you are about 10 strides away, the horse sees the fence in 2's. Then when you get closer, the fence merges from 2 in the horses vision, to 1. Then when you get even closer, it dissapears entirely.
So there are horses who rely 100% on their riders to remain solid and supportive to the fence, over the fence and on landing of the fence - so if you the rider, at any moment, says "I'm not fully supportive" through your body...these horses will stop.
There are some horses, and bless their hearts, who will continue to do their job regardless of how incorrect their rider is - but, the horses who stop, are to be appreciated as well, because they teach us how to ride correctly, functional and solidly.
Nelson is a stopper if I drop him. I can drop my eyes, I can drop my hands, I can drop my shoulders.......if I drop him - he stops and I go flying, imitating Superman.
On another note, I read an article written by Practicle Horseman where they stood in a clinic George Morris taught - and he is very adamant that you NEVER let a horse sniff or look at a fence. Stadium or CC - you must ride BOLD, COURAGOUS and SOLID to the fence. You have to make up your mind that you are going to get over that fence. When you are a stride out, reach back and crop your horse if you have to, or tap their shoulder and growl - YES, WE ARE GOING OVER.
Keep your body solid though - over your horses center of gravity, your body over your toes, your legs long and wrapped around your horses girth *remember, you are around your horse, not ontop* with your upper body tall, your seat hovering over your saddle, core activated, chest lifted and open and say through your body - YES WE ARE...not..."well, maybe, yeah..maybe not...umm" lol
I hope that helps.