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    04-01-2010, 11:01 PM
Green Broke
^OMG IT'S JIGGLYPUFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And yes, that is like, perfect position!
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    04-01-2010, 11:04 PM
I don't think being an eventer is a good excuse to have bad position. Yes sometimes you ride behind the motion, but you still have to have a good base. Bad position is not only dangerous, but ineffective.
    04-01-2010, 11:15 PM
Originally Posted by StormyBlues    
^OMG IT'S JIGGLYPUFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And yes, that is like, perfect position!
You noes Jigglypuff is FTW
    04-02-2010, 12:21 AM
Green Broke
We didn't say bad position. We just said not what most hunters would consider "perfect". Functional and safe, yes. Bad, no.
    04-02-2010, 12:24 AM
Drew darling - I wish we lived closer to one another :( We'd have a blast together! *andI'dsteelUmawhileintheprocess*
    04-02-2010, 02:05 AM
Originally Posted by StormyBlues    
So true Drew!!!!

Jordan- that picture shows anything but perfect. The rider is way ahead of the motion, which is a big problem.

Eventers might look "terifying" because they arn't in the perfect position. Unless they are riding unsafly, I don't look at position much. Functionality is the most important thing. BUT you must learn a good position before you can learn to be functional.

Solid Postion = Functional period. You don't learn one without learning the other.

I know the eventers I watch being terrifying you guys would probably agree that they are terrifying, it has to do with their base of stability (more often then not being the horses mouth and not being a balanced rider) Don't get me wrong I've seen a lot of bad Hunter/Jumper, and Dressage riders and don't even get me started on the plethora of awful gymkhana riders I've seen.
    04-02-2010, 03:09 AM
It is true, there are some shockers that I cringe at myself, don't get me wrong, I don't think I have an amazing position, i've been riding in total of 6 years. I see seasonal eventers that just scare me.

    04-02-2010, 09:56 PM
Good hunter position is just plain good position no matter what discipline you do ! Not caring about having 'perfect hunter' position is not caring about you and your horses safety imo. If your position is poor, you are not functional period. You are also getting in your horses way.
    04-02-2010, 11:17 PM
Its hard to explain.. its sort of natural when you know what your doing... heel down.. hands a little higher on neck.... lean.. I don't know how to expain! Haha! That's not it exactly. I recomend getting a few lessons
    04-02-2010, 11:25 PM
good hunter position is just plain good position no matter what discipline you do ! Not caring about having 'perfect hunter' position is not caring about you and your horses safety imo. If your position is poor, you are not functional period. You are also getting in your horses way.
Really? Hold up here - who's to say "hunter" position is the correct position?

As a matter of fact, many of the Fox Hunters I ride with, look like Ludger Beerbalm, or the Wittikars over fences, but that doesn't deplete the fact that they are exceptional riders and could probobly outride you and the majority on this forum.

On that note, I guess that means that many of the GB riders, and many of the majority of GP riders that we see, who don't have "perfect hunter form" over fences - must mean that they have their safety and their horses safety on the back burner eh?


Because see, people were jumping exceptionally well, eons before Hunters was even created - in form FAR FROM what we see in the Hunter Ring today.

Lets go back to the creation of Hunters - which is only found in North America *so what, all those riders in GB and other countries who don't ride Hunters...aren't jumping safe?* derived from Fox Hunting. Majority of Eventers, were Fox Hunters and from the Millitary.

So if you want to talk about what correct, safe form over fences is - lets go back to the 50's and look at riders who ruled the sport. They wern't Hunters, that's for ****ed sure.

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