It’s often when things go South on a horse that one’s riding (seat/legs/hands/mental agility) get tested to the max.
The video: rider has one heck of a beautiful leg and an excellent seat. My initial uneducated reaction: “Wow look at that leg and seat! Dressage prospect! Can we say levade? ” Second reaction: “If I were on board, that would be the longest 35 seconds of my life.
After watching it with hunter rider Daisy, whose initial reaction was: “That horse hates his job, he jumps too well to be green”, I wasn’t so sure about the wisdom of putting this up. How depressing would that be if we are witnessing an excellent rider on a horse that hates what he does?
What do I know about jumping? Nada.
But in the end, whether this is a training issue, a job compatability issue or a horse psychotherapy issue, it’s still an amazing exhibition of riding with a beautiful leg and seat. You decide.
Tip of the helmet to Lillian for sending it in. Thanks!