Wow....this is a long video.....I watched the first rider.....strong horse, hands somewhat locked, turning like cowhorse sometimes......nothing to crazy or bad....speed seemed to be up.....where in this vid is there a prob, like what time area do I can go straight to the parts you have issue with....it's just really long
I didn't watch the whole hour and 40 minutes but you have a bunch of women competing in a pentathalon doing the stadium jumping portion. So, a, they aren't exactly the world's best jumpers, and b, they aren't going to win any equitation medals, but they're riding some pretty strong jumpers over some pretty big and solid jumps.
If you think this is bad on video... I have seen this sort of riding in the classes I compete in at shows. And the riders have no control and simply gallop their horses at every jump without a care for the horses leg or ankle stability after a ride. Only this weekend 3 horses broke their ankles IN THE RING, and the riders simply asked their parents to buy them a BETTER one because that one was incapable of coping with how ADVANCED their riding was!!!! People like this disgust me... (the barn that haunts our shows in Texas is FMEC)
I don't know much , well anything , really, about Pentathalons, but I would guess that the participants might be more focussed in the other areas of the sports included. For them to jump on possibley strange horses and go over some pretty big jumps without the years of training that most jumpers would have at that level, is pretty darn brave if you ask me.
I do agree, however, that if I had a highly trained jumper, I might not want to lend it to them for this competition.
And just an afterthought......it's only a few minutes of that horses life, and horses are pretty darn good at taking care of themselves......it could be a whole lot worse......everything considered.....I would surely have held the horse in a chokehold and flown at the jumps too!!! Forget form, just survive!!!!!
Sorry me again....ok got to look at the 13.35 'choker hold' as was mentioned by another poster above......
We sometimes forget that the rider is 'competing' on a strange horse.....she doesn't have time to figure out the horses or her own issues with it, nor can she take the horse home and work the kinks out, and nor does she want to say, 'geez, I'm not going to be riding in very good form on this horse, so to save face I'm going to opt out of riding' quite honestly that horse looked very strong, and she did the best she could to complete course.....it's similar to a jockey, he's called, accepts the ride on a strange horse.....goes to the races hops on and rides.....sometimes it works out....sometimes it doesn't......