So, when a rider blames their horse for a refusal - stop and ask yourself what it was that YOU did wrong to cause the error.
As Ian Millar says "A good rider blames themselves, where a poor rider blames their horse"
Our horses rely so much on us for support, encouragement, solidity on approach to each fence regardless if it is stadium or cc.
Another study I got to watch was put on by Spruce Meadows. Huge GP Jumping Fascillity in Calgary Alberta. The reasearch given to the public was that the horse sees the fence as two fences when they are about 5 strides away.
Then when they get closer, the fence becomes one in their eyes sight. Then about 1-2 strides from the fence, it completely dissapears from their vision -
So again, it is so important for the rider to remain solid, functional, supportive to that fence.
If the horse refuses - 9 x out of 10 - it is rider error.
Just thought that was very neat information