Originally Posted by Saranda
Well, 14 year olds can look up videos of Olympic riders and try jumping extreme heights without proper understanding and skills... There's no difference, really.
Well, unless everyone gives up jumping on horses, there will be videos of horses doing jumping. This person is selling a DVD to 'teach' others to do what she does. If a top jumper sold a DVD saying, 'You can ride like I do', I'd think poorly of him/her as well.
Based on the studies I've seen, jumping increases the risk by 10-40 fold. That is 1,000-4,000%. Jumping without a saddle is probably even riskier. A responsible person doesn't encourage others to learn something like that by watching a video or DVD.
And maybe I'm just not a NH guy, but I'm about to campaign for a law that would make it illegal to use "bond" and "horse" in the same sentence. Maybe in the same paragraph. As in this comment from the YouTube video:
"The bond you have with you're horses is amazing!
If you want to be safe, you ride the training, not the bond. But that may just be the grumpy old man in me.
Maybe if I go watch "The Black Stallion" 50 times...