Originally Posted by MIEventer
We have to stop and think about what is best for our horses, not ourselves.
I agree with that one hundred percent. There are so many riders out there, who think just cause they can last another 20 or so jumps means the horse can. I've told so many riders that its not a smart idea to keep jumping and jumping and jumping all day every day. The horse does way more work then we do when we jump. You go jump over a poll that high 20 times and let me know how you feel.
You may enjoy jump after jump but even a horse that loves jumping will get sick of it after a while and sore. So then when you get on the horse a week later after jumping everyday the horse isn't going to be the same horse. Its going to be sore and most likly cranky. So the horse may want you off. Im sure the horses way of getting you off is alot differant to the way you want to get off.
Horses are living animals they need a break!
Sorry about the rant there. I watched a girl jump her horse over a grand total of 54 high jumps today. I told her to stop but did she listen...nope! Oh well she learnt what happens the hard way.