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    In looked at the pics and idk. I usually always understand and agree with him but those 3 horses had about the same jump IMO. The chestnut looks like he needs to be schooled more for fitness but legs were all about the same. I also wonder why he thought the paint wasn't groomed well. His white was white and looked very clean and nice. The 2nd picture IMO was actually the worse i thought. Knees were uneven on the horse and he hung a bit also and just looked like he really wasn't using himself correctly. This months really confused me. Makes me wonder if he has ghost writers once in a while.
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    Ugly falls can happen at any height and in fact at lower heights, where novices are riding they might be more common that at bigger fencer where at the the riding is better.
    Can a Premium member step up ad post a pic? I was surprised because of the 4 horses (two look like ponies actually) I thought that this one looked like the one I'd most want to ride. His jump looks slow and lopey and his forearms are parallel to the ground and while he's not super tight, he's easily crossing the spread of the oxer. I don't have the pic here, but if I recall he might even be starting to unfold his legs. He looks like a reasonable match for his rider. In fact, maybe because he looks like one I used to ride/show, I got the vibe that he was a bit of an "old pro-stepping down the ranks" kind of horse.
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    I actually didn't think the horse in question was much worse with his front end than "Alluring Punch" who can be seen in the "Photos" section to your right and who was apparently praised for his scope and good jump at the RRTP 110-day challenge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnicklefritzG View Post
    What gives with him this month? Do we all have to look like runway models before we can be worthy of being looked at?
    Certainly not...and you are only seeing what you want to see as this month his highest praise was for the overweight rider. He liked her A LOT.

    I agree with his evaluation of the horse in question. It will probably be just fine at 2'3" and so, but I wouldn't want to ride that horse to a fence of any size (3'+) and definitely wouldn't want to jump it over fixed obstacles that won't fall down if/when something goes wrong.

    GM doesn't evaluate horses for jumping over tiny jumps. He evaluates them with an eye to large fences...whether or not that particular horse will ever be faced with a larger fence or not.

    Quote Originally Posted by rabicon View Post
    I also wonder why he thought the paint wasn't groomed well. His white was white and looked very clean and nice.
    While the white was clean, his coat was very dull. Any horse can be shiny with the liberal application of elbow grease. This horse was not.
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    I thought the same thing Fine Already! The difference is that AP is a green 4yo and the horse in the PH looks like he's at the opposite side of his career. One would asume that AP is being judged as a "prospect."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Satin Filly View Post
    GM demands functional perfectionism. We've known that for years and I respect him for it. It's his job in this column to point out anything less than that.
    Regardless if you agree with his comments or not, one would know the above referenced quote and why send a photo that is less than perfect - you will get GM advice.

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    I have to honestly say that I sometimes have the same quizzical look on my face when comparing horses, this month was no exception. they all looked pretty much the same to me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Linny View Post
    I thought the same thing Fine Already! The difference is that AP is a green 4yo and the horse in the PH looks like he's at the opposite side of his career. One would asume that AP is being judged as a "prospect."
    Yeah, I guess. Shrug. I don't think either one looks particularly "dangerous" or particularly fantastic. Both look "cute" and useful to me.



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    Quote Originally Posted by HRF Second Chance View Post
    I have to honestly say that I sometimes have the same quizzical look on my face when comparing horses, this month was no exception. they all looked pretty much the same to me.

    That's kind of what I was getting at. I didn't see a huge difference between them so not sure why the difference in harshness


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    Default But don't you see? That's the point.

    HE sees the difference. He is more knowledgable than us. So we ought to study the pictures and match his comments to them and try to learn what he is trying to show us. Rome wasn't built in a day. But if we do this every time we have the opportunity, we will have that Aha moment that makes it clear\.

    Don't just look at the legs. Study the back and the neck and the shoulders. Notice where the horse took off and where he will land. George sees all these things at a glance and his impression is immediate and based on watching thousands of horses jump. It is very difficult to teach judgement....it takes a lot of exposure. It is what separates the horsemen from those who need to hire a horseman for their opinion.
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    I haven't seen the photo or read the comments...

    Did he actually say that the horse looked dangerous? Or just not seriously athletic and that he wouldn't want to jump it over a stiff vertical?

    There's a very large range between unsafe and not athletic. Athleticism is a cumulative effort over a fence including neck, back, etc. And to George a stiff vertical is probably over 4'.



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    @kmwines: If I recall correctly, what GM said was the following "Horse #1 is borderline dangerous".

    @Claudius: I get why he does these columns - to help educate and who better than him to educate us. However, what I was trying to get at is that his comments about some of the horses left me scratching my head. The comments were pretty strong, with respect to horse #1 and I just don't see it. I feel like I'd want to ask him a few more questions to understand where he was coming from.



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    Quote Originally Posted by SnicklefritzG View Post
    @kmwines: If I recall correctly, what GM said was the following "Horse #1 is borderline dangerous".

    @Claudius: I get why he does these columns - to help educate and who better than him to educate us. However, what I was trying to get at is that his comments about some of the horses left me scratching my head. The comments were pretty strong, with respect to horse #1 and I just don't see it. I feel like I'd want to ask him a few more questions to understand where he was coming from.
    Maybe he doesn't actually make the comments anymore and has someone else do it since he's so busy..???? That would explain the wonky comments
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    Quote Originally Posted by doublesstable View Post
    Maybe he doesn't actually make the comments anymore and has someone else do it since he's so busy..???? That would explain the wonky comments
    I don't believe this for a second. Agree with him, don't agree with him, but he's an ethical man, and I don't believe he would still put his name on the column if it were being ghost written.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doublesstable View Post
    Maybe he doesn't actually make the comments anymore and has someone else do it since he's so busy..???? That would explain the wonky comments
    You obviously don't know him. MGP is dead on - if he didn't write it, or at the very least say it to someone else for them to write it for him, his name wouldn't be on it.
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    I am going to have to go buy the magazine now, as I let my subscription lapse, as I'd love to participate more thoroughly in this discussion.

    One of the many things I love about GM is his uncompromising attitude about jumping form. I was mentored in the horse biz by someone who felt the same way, and if a school horse didn't have a good front end and reliably snap its knees no matter what, it became a flat and trail only horse. This attitude was probably influenced by a fox hunting as well as showing, and those schoolies were also expected to take care of students in the hunt field. So I am a bit of a perfectionist about jumping form as well. Watching the unrated divisions or the low divisions at unrated shows bothers me because I see a lot of horses that are unathletic or limited or "safe enough for the 2' 6" or "okay for the eq but not the hunters" - those phrases usually translate into "Something I wouldn't jump over a crossrail in flat cups, let alone a solid fence."

    Of course there's a place for the limited or less athletic horse, lots of people get their start on them. But if there are no GMs around to tell people the horse is limited or borderline, and that to progress they need a more athletic partner, what then? Do they find out by crashing or wrecking?

    off to find a copy of the magazine....
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    I'll have to go look too. Maybe tomorrow but I'll get back on and comment.


    BTW, I have the absolute cutest little now retired Hunter mare with an adorable head, neck and throatlatch and snappy knees, everybody loved her, even GM was kind. BUT he also remarked she had a "sucker jump", all in front and nothing following thru from behind. He said he would use her with a good trip at 3' but she had no business at 3'6".

    I ran home deflated and looked at my videos...he was dead on.
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    I was confused by that comment as well. The horse isn't an A hunter, but he didn't look unsafe to me. If anyone can explain why GM made the comment he did, it would be much appreciated. I'm not doubting GM's expertise, just looking to understand how he came to the conclusion he did.
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    GM does not grade on "the curve". He evaluates against the ideal and has seen hundreds of examples of that ideal and thousands and thousands not so ideal in the 50+ years he has been a professional.

    He does not say you cannot use the less talented horse lower but you need to know it's limited and what the possible result of exceeding those limitations can be.

    IME he ALWAYS can find something he does not like or that could be better-even in Olympic riders and International star horses. Thats why he was the chef for so long, you cannot improve unless you know what you lack and GM is just the one to point that out.

    IMO some trainers need a wake up call too instead of I'm OK, you are OK and everything is hunky dory that will 55 for the coaching and 350 for the show charges.
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    Ok I went back and re-read it. Yes, it's true. I have the PH at my desk but that's only because I read it on the treadmill. One gets bored.....

    Anyway he doesn't seem particularly fond of any of them this month except the last one. He sort of bashes them all for the same thing, just seems a bit more extreme on the first.

    I am with amastrike as far as wanting to know WHY he feels the horse is dangerous. I've seen plenty of dangerous. These seem capable. Not super fancy but capable.



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