George Morris- ridiculous critiques of horses' form in Practical Horseman
Does anyone else get annoyed/roll their eyes at some of George Morris' comments about horses form over tiny fences? This week, there is a cute appaloosa jumping a tiny (18 inches?) jump with a young rider. The horse is just stepping over it, it's not like he needs to put any effort into it. The critique says "... he is not a good jumper and his uneven front legs make him dangerous to ride over fences. Horses who have a loose and split front end (uneven knees) are at risk of hooking a leg on the top rail and causing a rotational fall..."
Really? The horse is dangerous to ride over fences, because it has loose knees over a tiny fence? I don't even think it would would be possible for a horse to flip over an 18 inch fence, unless it was a ridiculously long distance or something. In other issues, he'll say the same thing about horses with one foot a few inches lower than the other.
I would respect his critiques a lot more of he would just say "it's impossible to critique this horse's form over such a small fence". How can you possibly make such blanket statements about a horses jumping ability after seeing one picture over a tiny fence? I mean, my dads AO horse could jump the moon with his knees to his eyeballs, but he barely steps over 2ft. If you sent a picture to GM, he'd probably say the horse was no good for jumping.
Something new to aspire to!
Thank you for that link!!! Good to know there are folks with great senses of humor and humility. :lol:
I am still smiling. Thanks!