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  • #21
    Originally posted by Foxtrot's View Post
    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.
    Kate Levy's horse took a leap from about half-way down. Horse and rider both got up and walked away. But I've never seen a horse leap from the top! Scary stuff.


    • #22
      Just to you train a horse to slide down instead of jump? I would imagine their natural instinct would have them jump.


      • #23
        Originally posted by DancingArabian View Post
        Just to you train a horse to slide down instead of jump? I would imagine their natural instinct would have them jump.
        My horse's natural instinct would be to turn and run the other way as quickly as possible leaving me to tumble down the hill all on my own while she ate grass somewhere safer...
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        • #24
          Originally posted by CHT View Post
          My horse's natural instinct would be to turn and run the other way as quickly as possible leaving me to tumble down the hill all on my own while she ate grass somewhere safer...
          I see both of our horses think similarly
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          • #25
            Originally posted by DancingArabian View Post
            Just 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!

            So normally you would just collect your horse and ease down, no problem, but there is a jump right after the slope, you have to have some sort of energy to get over - the planks come down easy!


            • #26
              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.)
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              • #27
                My anxiety level just went through the roof after seeing the original photo. I'm sure the rider had major whiplash the next day!!!


                • #28
                  All downbanks look like this to me.
                  I tolerate all kinds of animal idiosyncrasies.
                  I've found that I don't tolerate people idiosyncrasies as well. - Casey09


                  • #29
                    Originally posted by goneriding24 View Post
                    Amazing things can happen when horse and rider are in sync. The op's photo just makes my jaw drop. Scary, scary, scary!


                    • #30
                      This scared the bejeesus out of me just looking at it! The google translation seems to say everyone walked away. Just terrifying!
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                      • #31
                        Originally posted by Foxtrot's View Post
                        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.


                        • #32
                          Second picture



                          • #33
                            That's funny! I couldn't even view the photo in the link and I guessed from the first few comments that it was THAT photo of Ben Maher coming off the Hamburg Derby Bank.


                            • #34
                              That ended about how I expected... oy.
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                              • #35
                                Yup, that's the bank at Hickstead. I do rememvber this happening years ago but can't remember the horse.


                                • #36
                                  Originally posted by belambi View Post
                                  The person in the black shirt- in the back ground, directly behind Ben's saddle- looks exactly like I did when I opened the OP's picture! Yikes!
                                  Last edited by Superminion; Jan. 14, 2014, 12:27 PM. Reason: typo


                                  • #37
                                    Gadzooks! I just want to know if horse and rider lived to tell the tale!
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                                    • #38
                                      oh god ow
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                                      • #39
                                        Originally posted by Superminion View Post
                                        The person in the black shirt- in the back ground, directly behind Ben's saddle- looks exactly like I did when I opened the OP's picture! Yikes!
                                        He looks like this guy!;_ylt...eam%20painting

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                                        • #40
                                          Here is Ben and the same horse the same year. Guess they both survived
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