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post #261 of 265 Old 08-28-2012, 12:16 PM
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The nearest thing we get to 'games' in the UK are the mounted games - gymkhana which pretty much is for people under 21 and was my passion when I was young. If you want to be good at it you need to put in hours of training, the ponies have to stop and turn really fast, canter alongside you while you vault on, be steady enough to do the things that need precision but pick up the pace the minute you ask, they also need to be able to change legs cantering between bending poles. Its easy to pick out the ones who treat it like a skill and the ones that dont.
I know nothing about barrel racing but I've watched quite a bit now and you can easily see the difference between the good and the bad and the horses that have worked hard at the basics first as they are the ones who turn tighter and faster and go in the right direction and look as if they enjoy the job
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post #262 of 265 Old 08-28-2012, 12:26 PM
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This is one of many videos on Youtube explaining Rolkurr for anyone who seemed confused about what it means

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Oh my goodness! Just to make a very good example here: Anky Van Gruenson made the switch to reining.....wow that speaks volumes....and she did well at it....wow that speaks volumes too......so to 'Anebel' go talk to your pal 'Anky' (as you seem to have friends in high places) and ask her opinion? The reinng world embraced and welcomed her.....would be interesting if the Dressage world would welcome and embrace Shawn Flarida or any other world ranked Reiner?

Food for thought.
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post #264 of 265 Old 09-18-2012, 12:47 AM
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Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm well Ok then there chicky. Anky has not done well in reining and I've heard a lot of people commenting about how much contact she has as a bad thing. The only reason she's able to just show up on the international stage after just picking up the sport is because the Netherlands are just developing their team, unlike NA which has an establishment in the sport.

Neither sport is a "pick it up and drop it" endeavor and both require years and years of specific rider training to be able to do the sport well (speaking in general terms, yes there are specific examples where people have picked up a sport in a few years). To say that a dressage rider is able to hop on a reining horse and do an international quality pattern, or to say the opposite, are both ludicrous and untrue.

You also seem to be a new poster so for future reference I would suggest you check out the post time of the poster before you. In this case it was August 28th. Generally old threads die out because the discussion is over, but what is life without the undead? Also personal attacks generally contradict the forum's etiquette policy, so in future it's best to avoid them entirely, or go to PMs.

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Yes Anebel, you're right, old threads die out, but I just couldn't help myself! I stayed up just to read this thread and by the end all I could think of was how Anky didn't think reining as being below her to do, she also must have had the feeling that it had some merit to try and do it.......oh yes, I heard the controversy about her contact on the horse all the time.....and yes you cannot just pick one thing up and drop another without some training and skill.

Let's leave this thread to slowly die in peace.......
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