I have been a horse owner since I was seven and I really enjoy watching great horses.
I love watching and filming the poles and barrels because you get some great horses and some astonishing riders.
I was filming at a high school rodeo in Kansas - some lovely riders and beautiful horses.
The best little pole I have ever seen was this one
It is the first film at the top of this page
07 Poles – high school « If you like horses
I did put the film on youtube and some people said that the rider was putting too much pressure on the horse....
The dialogue degraded into a general slanging match between western and European riders.
I personally don't think the horse was taking any harm - every day I see traditional riders in the UK applying far more pressure to their horses - hanging on their mouths and wacking away with their riding crops
But would the horse perform as well without the pressure