Originally Posted by Cinnys Whinny
I fail to see an answer the question. I explained both rides and asked why the seemingly worse ride with the bucking horse that seems unsafe would get more points. Instead its repeated that I'm a spoilt brat.
My vet said the trail ride is ore strenuous than 3 training level tests that last only a few minutes for ANY horse, not just Cinny. Saying my horse isn't working is silly. If a few minutes of work in a showm ring is so terribly straining, I'm surprised that a 1 hour lesson in which he repeats the various elements and tests hasn't made him drop dead! Oh, and those poor cross country horses... I can't even think of those poor things. I guess they just keep all the horses dropping dead from that work completely hush hush! LOL.
I thought I had explained how it can happen, I have no idea how Cinny performed on the day, but looking at another test you have published of him, I can totally understand a horse and rider who have overall more talent? No that's not what I mean, it's close but I can't get the right word, any way my trainers mad arab scores better then G Man when we ride the same test, even though she can be a b*tch and is a difficult ride, because what she does well she does very very well, and when she screws up, well she does that well to, but Mel rides tons better than I do, so she gets bonus points for her influence on the horse, and when she has it altogether she is stunning. G Man is workmanlike and mid range for a lot of things, over all he just doesn't score as highly.
I will come back and make one last try at the point that I am trying to get over, you cannot stress over favouritism, real or imagined, dressage should never be about winning per se, but about your harmony with your horse, and your partnership and improvement. If you are doing it to win, give up, go do something else, if you are doing it to be the best you can be on the day, then accept winning as no more than a bonus.
BTW it is a common misconception that there is anything safe about a dressage horse, it is a testament to the riding skills of the top flight riders that their horses look calm in the ring. Any athlete that is that fit, that responsive and that highly trained is actually a ticking bomb waiting to explode, there is a considerable amount of power and energy held in a delicate balance between hand and leg, there, and I can guarantee that if you or I climbed on board we would be ditched or run off with pretty darn quick.
You miss my point about the tests, if you are truly warming up and trying as hard as you should be it IS draining, which why at most shows you are limited to 4 tests for any one horse