Just curious...how to you train a horse to slide down instead of jump? I would imagine their natural instinct would have them jump.
well, you start slowly.
but, Hamburg is a but of an odd place, as far as I recall they have not changed the looks of the jumps, not the line of the course in ever, and are one of the few, if not only place to still have naturalistic looking jumps, plus the hill (aside of course from Hickstead) so the horses see a lot of the stuff there for the very first time.
and time is of the essence....and we have liftoff!
I've ridden horses down very steep slopes (probably not quite THAT steep, but very sharp drops) probably because of too many ill-advised viewings of "Ballad of the Irish Horse" and Boomerang making an art form of it, and most seem to have the instinct to either back off and not go down at all, or very, very carefully scrabble their way down. I've never tried to immediately collect and take a jump a couple strides out, which would seem to be the hard part--finding a balance between maintaining enough collection to pick up instantly and gallop to a jump and staying off the horse's mouth enough he can find his way down (as I've found on a hill the best thing is just let the horse balance himself and stay out of his way--he doesn't want to fall, either.)
From his position in the saddle it is pretty clear he was surprized!
There is a brave horse - we never saw that at Spruce Meadows that I know of!
Well done you guys - brilliant searching.
Both hills at Spruce (the large one that they come up the back of it, as well as the smaller one near the ingate) is not nearly as steep as this bank is, which makes it less likely the horse will attempt to jump the whole thing. However there have been horses that have jumped from part way down.