The Chronicle of the Horse
MagazineNewsHorse SportsHorse CareCOTH StoreVoicesThe Chronicle UntackedDirectoriesMarketplaceDates & Results
 
Results 1 to 12 of 12
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan. 28, 2000
    Location
    Columbia, Maryland
    Posts
    7,229

    Default This is How You Handle a Jumper When You Get in Trouble

    Wow! Check out what happens 10 seconds into the video. Great riding!

    http://youtu.be/gtv2sK6jbp4
    "No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy." - Laurence Olivier


    4 members found this post helpful.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun. 7, 2006
    Posts
    8,928

    Default

    It's funny too; people always make fun of the "Spooner leg."

    Seems secure enough to me...


    1 members found this post helpful.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul. 13, 2011
    Location
    East Longmeadow, MA
    Posts
    3,551

    Default

    What's the "Spooner leg"? (Can you tell I don't ride jumpers?)
    What's wrong with you?? Your cheese done slid off its cracker?!?!



  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar. 26, 2011
    Location
    Pennsylvania
    Posts
    5,165

    Default

    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!

    Well done!
    Paula
    He is total garbage! Quick! Hide him on my trailer (Petstorejunkie).



  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan. 25, 2011
    Location
    Southern Pines, NC
    Posts
    2,336

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by oliverreed View Post
    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.

    Hopefully this link will work.

    http://www.google.com/imgres?q=richa...r:49,s:0,i:243
    I've heard there's more to life than an FEI tent and hotel rooms, so I'm trying it.



  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov. 10, 2010
    Location
    NC
    Posts
    921

    Default

    I'm a fan of Spooner...I don't care what his leg does, he can get a horse around a course.

    That said, it's interesting how much calmer his leg gets once he lets go of the reins and works to just stay out of the horse's way. Just something to notice...


    5 members found this post helpful.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Apr. 15, 2008
    Posts
    3,111

    Default

    some of our instructors make us drop the reins over bounces; needless to say, they're not that high.



  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug. 2, 2004
    Location
    Whidbey Is, Wash.
    Posts
    9,888

    Default

    Notice that his legs stayed put when he had to ride through though! I think the Spooner Leg is an act.
    COTH's official mini-donk enabler

    "I am all for reaching out, but in some situations it needs to be done with a rolled up news paper." Alagirl


    3 members found this post helpful.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb. 22, 2005
    Location
    Where the prairie ends and the mountains begin
    Posts
    2,607

    Default

    Hey, I did that last week when my horse got into a little trouble over... a crossrail.

    Nice riding. I would have grabbed mane. Or eaten dirt. Probably the latter.
    Dreaming in Color



  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jun. 24, 2004
    Location
    South Park
    Posts
    3,282

    Default

    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!
    A friend told me I was delusional. I almost fell off my unicorn.



  11. #11
    Join Date
    Jul. 31, 2007
    Posts
    15,464

    Default

    The commentator said, "like driving on ice."

    I learned that from riding, particularly fox hunting. When the chips were down, I'd say to myself, "Holy crap! Just grab mane and Don't.Do.Anything."

    Don't Do Anything is a great mind-over-matter skill to have, but you have to practice it. Clearly Spooner has.
    The armchair saddler
    Politically Pro-Cat


    2 members found this post helpful.

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Apr. 26, 2000
    Posts
    3,149

    Default

    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.



Similar Threads

  1. Best Way to Handle
    By AlterholicsAnonymous in forum Off Course
    Replies: 35
    Last Post: Sep. 21, 2012, 09:10 PM
  2. Its so hot outside...how do you handle it.
    By cswoodlandfairy in forum Hunter/Jumper
    Replies: 27
    Last Post: Jul. 3, 2012, 03:33 AM
  3. how to handle this
    By nashfad in forum Off Course
    Replies: 44
    Last Post: Jun. 12, 2011, 01:55 PM
  4. best way to handle mud
    By MrChunk in forum Around The Farm
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: Oct. 18, 2010, 09:51 AM
  5. How would you handle this?
    By sweetwater in forum Around The Farm
    Replies: 22
    Last Post: Aug. 12, 2010, 11:42 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
randomness