Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
I was going to pass since this involves jumping, but I decided it was OK since I'm repeating something I've seen both George Morris and VS Littauer write. Both were referring to someone whose form looked...well, UNIQUE. And the point they both made was that the rider in question had so much natural grace and balance, and combined it with such a sure and certain feel for the horse, that he could jump impressively regardless of appearance.
Littauer went on to make the point that mortal people should be careful in saying, "But so and so does XYZ" because so and so might be one of those 0.001% of people who could make it work. I looked Roger Yves Bost up on the web, looked at about 50 pictures of him, and decided anyone who jumps successfully like that is someone I have no business criticizing. I'd wet myself with fear just looking at those fences.
What Corporal is writing sounds like how VS Littauer said he was first taught jumping. He also said that style of jumping worked very well with certain types of horses.
Since I don't jump, I guess I'll be content to be amazed at how graceful some people are, and how willing some horses are, and leave it at that...
"People can teach us the rules, but only horses can teach us the art of riding."