For those of you that say it is not true horsemanship to "put your horse in a position to get killed," prove your enthusiasm. Stop riding. Pull your horse's shoes and put them out in a field to live their happy life.
I think that is not true.... and that there is a limit as to what a horse can handle in terms of running and jumping and "answering questions". I think in recent years XC has gotten too difficult to be a good risk for most horse and rider teams, thus a high incident of deaths. If you can name 20 horses that have died in the dressage and/or jumper ring at FEI levels in the past 3 years- great. I'll eat crow and be satisfied that eventing is not a bigger risk.
It sounds like they made things a little more reasonable this year. Took the difficulty down a notch. Excellent. Now make it a bit easier on the horse's physical systems.
I think we just all need to agree to disagree. We won't all have the same level of acceptable risk- just please stop alluding to the risk of running XC at Rolex being no more risky than doing other sports.