Michelle looks slow but steady, overjumped the first castle in the ring and he just wasn't ready for the sharp turn to the 2nd, she will be slow but looks controlled and good for a pathfinder for the Canadians
That undulating ground is going to take its toll on a horse's legs. I saw one horse hit the top of an undulation and his legs jarred into it because he had not expected to hit the ground quite so soon.
Perhaps that is why Boy's horse seemed so tired 2 from home. Not a lack of fitness, but just leg weary from the topography.
I agree 100%. I think more horses will make time, however - the course is simply not as tough as presented. But the rolls are taking their toll!
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The course is doing its job; rewarding exact riding and catching out those riders who are not always in 100% control. Since the rider is the one who is being "judged" on his ability, the course is doing exactly what it should.
I love how the Englishman calls them "bounce-offs".
Those horses are incredible. KUDO's to them.
The Austrailian was 15 seconds nder the time. Amazing!