07-08-2010, 06:56 PM
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It's a horrible habit called Ducking - but as stated, I'm not one to question Upper Level Riders. My bug though, is that lower level riders look up to upper level riders, and see these bad habits and then mimic them without understanding why, how or when.
Top Level Riders spend many hours in the saddle, riding many different horses, many who aren't even theirs. Their paycheque is not only riding others horses who are paying them to do so, but also to win. You make a name for yourself, you're going to go somewhere in the sport, as a rider, trainer, coach, competator. So, these riders have to do what they have to do, to get their jobs done, so that they can get that "cha-ching" at the end of the month.
Also, many of these top level riders, spend hours doing dressage and establishing their seat, their cores and their balance, where lower level riders don't even come close to compareing to, so then we see lower level riders going around mimicking what they see, without the same impecable seats, cores and balance. Without understanding the building of the foundation needed.
They can get away with what "we" would call poor form over fences, because they have the essential building blocks to make them functional and successful at those levels.
They are also riding big and powerful mounts, who are bred to jump those heights at those speeds.
I say, if one wants a GP Rider to look up to for "Form" would be Beezie Madden. She's pretty solid.