Spectator comments are priceless...
What do you think?
Been there, done that. Looks like my Tucker at times. All that being said, kudos of the highest order for this rider. She put in a very tactful, determined ride on a very naughty horse. Better yet, she got him to settle down and finish on a high note with a not so bad canter and nice walk on the long rein--which I guess was part of the test. (Not familiar with this test at all. Was it eventing???)I'd love to see the judge's score sheet and comments. Hope they were positive and supportive. Times like this you need a judge who has "been there, done that," too.
Really good rider..like the way she just went calmly on..at least appearance wise. The one guy who commented ...maybe that's what she wanted the horse to do..funny..reminded me of a friend who while we were watching an FEI competition asked if the rearing the horse did ..was an 'airs above the ground' movement required for the test. All in all I thought these comments were respectful.
A few weeks ago I was watching videos of old shows and my mom was apparently a VERY critical judge! Still funny though. This rider is so cool in the chaos, I love that she didn't punish, but just kept moving forward.
My impression was that she was the cause of the whole thing. Once she let go a little he went well.
Oh and another thing, someone should take her spurs away and hide them forever.
Assume from the getup and style of going that this is a young hunter rider trying out eventing? I've been there, done that, too. Let's see, he doesn't care for yellow flowers, judges, or straight lines. :D
The spectator comments are hilarious! On one of my tests from last year is there is a voice saying "Awww, this horse has big ears, I love horses with big ears". My horse does have quite large floppy ears and I love them so the comment made me smile. I've definitely been there with the misbehaving horse, last year in jumper my horse added a bit of unecessary movement with some bucks and rears. The announcer (who is from my barn) said "Traviata added a bit of flair to that round" as we left the ring and in the background of the video my grandma was saying "Oh Traviata" every time she bucked or reared. It's funny, but after a while I got tired of people coming up to me telling me what a good rider I was and how bad my horse was.
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