That's pretty amazing on so many levels. I wish I had that kind of presence of mind to do what he did there. Also there has to be some kind of rapport between him and his horse. And of course he is an amazing rider -did you see how his hips opened and closed over those fences to maintain his balance? Talk about independent aids!
And by the way the horse did fix it by that third fence didn't he. Heck of a horse!
He is total garbage! Quick! Hide him on my trailer (Petstorejunkie).
What's the "Spooner leg"? (Can you tell I don't ride jumpers?)
He's a bit famous/infamous for the truly amazing things his legs do over fences... Lots of armchair riders give him grief about it. Clearly, he can control his legs quite nicely, and either way, it sure doesn't stop him or his horses from being quite good.
Ah yes, that is a favourite of my eventing coach - making us drop the reins, or hold both in on hand and switch every stride, or hold one hand above horse's neck, or close your eyes.
Amazing how much better we all jump when we let the horse do its job and don't nitpick at his mouth!
Def did NOT look as secure as Spooner when I had to do this after putting my critter to a horrible, horrible spot in front of a bounce to a 1. If I had been MY horse, I would have slammed on brakes and let my butt fall off. Spooner clearly has it going on...I'd die to have that leg.