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WOW. What an HONEST horse! That is the Million Dollar Horse in the eventing world!
 

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Wow what an amazing horse!
 

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omg thats incredible
 

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the rider's not even holding the reins at that second jump!! That's incredible!!!

I'll fight you for that horse!
 

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That's what I call an amazing bond between horse and rider, and a horse that loves what he's doing. =] Great riding, too. I definitely wouldn't have been able to stay with all of that. xD
 

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That horse looks like he is truly dedicated to his job, very nice save.
 

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Ok everyone, step back. That's my new horse :p
What an amazing team! I would have been off after the first jump!
 

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that's amazing!!!! That horse is worth more then a million in any discipline!!!!
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Seriously? He had no stirrups, the horse was on it's knees and the rider had his arms around the horses neck until the stride OF the second jump. It's a miracle he stayed in the saddle and made it over those huge jumps with his balance and seat so out of whack from the "stumble" for lack of a better word. That horse is definitely worth his weight in gold and then some. He was jumping totally off his forehead and that was an advanced course so those fences are HUGE.
 

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Okay...wow. Hope that horse got lots of carrots afterwards. What a good boy.
 

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O my goodness. I can't believe he didn't go down. I so thought he was..what a good horse.
 

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What a good boy!

To have the rider totally fall forward on his neck like that and the horse not only didn't get upset but still did the course, that's amazing. :)
 

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Actually, while I'm clearing out a stall in my barn for the horse now; I think the rider deserves some credit. At the original stumble and peck at the first fence of the complex, he slips his reins and sits *still* - that allowed this fabulous horse to find his fifth leg and jump. Any clutching or interfering by the rider at that point surely would have resulted in a rotational fall. Throughout the whole sequence, once it's gone terribly wrong, the rider stays quiet and out of the horse's way - the rider "taking over" at any point would have had a bad result.

Second, consider the trust relationship this horse and rider must have. Badly unbalanced, no reins, no stirrups - the rider is steering with his eye, not interfering, and trusting that the horse will figure it out. And the horse must have absolutely trusted that his rider was not going to interfere with his heroic efforts.

Extraordinary video, and it really makes the point of why it's important that event horses think for themselves and jump independently and not constantly helf precisely between the rider's leg and hand.
 
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