Stumbled across this on another site- thought I would pass it along as a "what not to do". Be advised, it is a little alarming. I have seen some stupid things in my life but this has rocketed its way to the top of the list
I had to read the comments (people bashing her trainer, trainer defending herself) and watch some of the other videos (gasp). Apparently she gets left behind in the air and this exercise is to teach her to duck over her horse's neck.
There is another ducking video to teach the same thing, that or skewer the rider.
I hope that eventually this rider listens to her more experienced friends and looks for a better trainer with more a grasp of jumping and less a grasp of chucking someone over a fence.
Last edited by enjoytheride; Aug. 21, 2011 at 09:21 PM.
Oh my goodness. Because what will fix this rider's problems is learning how to duck.
On the bright side, she accomplished something truly special -- I have never seen a rider be both too far ahead and left behind at the same time, but I think she might have accomplished it over that last fence.
Pole would be more effective at accomplishing the (supposed) intended purpose as a groundline. On the other hand, I'm not so sure that someone who thought this was a good idea doesn't deserve to get hit in the head. Maybe if she does it enough times it will beat enough sense into her that she will look for a new trainer.
Hey guys. This is the rider in the video. This was totally checked to be safe before I did it. It is to teach me how to duck when jumping. In Eventing, they have STATIONARY jumps like this and if you hit it you will die I want to do those one day. So please, keep your negative comments away. If you want to say something Facebook be. Don't say it behind my back. This was my idea!
I did also start doing this at Cross-Rails and then slowly moved to that height. This is the difference between the Good and the Great riders. You dont like it, DONT WATCH IT. okay, thank you for Critisizing me and calling me stupid. Means A LOT.....
The stationary jumps are designed to be more than high enough to clear the riders head. You are learning to jump ahead instead of get left behind. Why not find a new trainer and learn to just stay centered?
Gosh, wish DD's trainer knew this is all she would have to do to make dd a "great" rider instead of just a "good" rider. I'll let her know. Someone ring up George Morris while we are at it - maybe he should be doing this in all his clinics too.
This seems to me like a classic case of aspiring young eventers seeing the jumps at Rolex and thinking "Oh I can do that."
Clearly, young lady, you CANNOT do that. You are not ready, and your trainer should be acutely aware of that fact.
I get it that you like your trainer, but this exercise is not appropriate in any way, shape or form, and is NOT going to do one single thing for you as a rider that will put you SAFELY on the road to Advanced. It's really truly time to find another trainer.
"The standard you walk by is the standard you accept."--Lt. Gen. David Morrison, Austalian Army Chief