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Is anyone else getting sick of seeing horse riding in the Olympics?

Channel 9 sucks

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Jordanfun Jordanfun WA Posts: 79
1 9 Aug 2012
Just as the clay disc replaced the pigeon in shooting events at the Olympics, I thought that when BMX came in as a new sport that horse riding would discontinue. But I was wrong, horse riding is still very much a part of the Olympics and I have a feeling it will be considered a sport for a while. The other night I saw one of the riders using his whip make the horse jump higher. And so what if the rider trained the horse to jump, should we be giving gold medals to the coaches and trainers of other events? If horse riding is going to be included as a sport, at least give the medal to the horse and not the person who cops a free horse ride.

huh
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...2 ...2 WA Posts: 2307
2 9 Aug 2012
I understand your frustration. I work in a sports bar, and every shift I see people whooping and yelling at the TV screen after betting on horse and greyhound races and it infuriates me to see these businesses booming so. sad
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Lil Lil ACT Posts: 11
3 9 Aug 2012
I can't watch the equestrian. I agree with you. I was talking to my housemate about it and we agree that it should be the horse that gets the medal. What do they get out of it? They are pushed to perform at such an elite level, it's not natural or fair on them. If they're injured, what are the chances that they'll be treated and not euthanaised? I've noticed the riders pull really hard on the reins too. I can't believe they're using whips. I know the riders work hard, but the horses really do most of the work. Horses shouldn't be exploited in racing or equestrian or in any other way.
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..1 ..1 TAS Posts: 2265
4 9 Aug 2012
Some of the jumps are ridiculously high. How some of the horses manage to jump it is just astounding. I've also seen a lot of rolkur in the equestrian, that's just not acceptable.
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Jordanfun Jordanfun WA Posts: 79
5 9 Aug 2012
I never have come across the term rollkur before but I just looked it up. I wouldn't like to be a horse
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OinkMoo OinkMoo NSW Posts: 1340
6 9 Aug 2012
The Equestrian is shown on channel 9 becouse it is extremely popular and the horse community is huge, channel 9 also would be wanting to get the views and rateings and equestrian is more popular then majority of the other events currently on.

Growing up in the equestrian world and still having a large part of it in my life I can tell you that horses like to be challanged and enjoy  competing - of course not all of them but they wouldn't of made It to that level mentally and Physically if they couldn't Handel it. I don't agree with the horses been whipped and having there mouths jabbed to get them on the bit in dressage.

Have any of you rode a horse in a competition befor? It is incredably difficult to sit to the horses strides, to have that higher level of trust with the horse and to be able to read each others body language.

In regards to the comment about if the hOrse was injured it would probs be destroyed, it takes years and years of work and trust to get the horse just into a simple local competition let Alone the Olympics, each one of those horses would be over $100,000 each, unlike racers they are difficult to find and are well looked after. They would have the best equine vets money could buy to help the horse
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Kelsey1 MsDrago Kelsey1 MsDrago United States Posts: 818
7 10 Aug 2012
Yeah, I was not so enthusiastic about people whipping horses to win. HOWEVER, not everyone used whips, and I saw the ones who spared the whip petting and praising their horses.
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4_da_animals1 4_da_animals1 SA Posts: 3293
8 10 Aug 2012
Maggie said:
Some of the jumps are ridiculously high. How some of the horses manage to jump it is just astounding. I've also seen a lot of rolkur in the equestrian, that's just not acceptable.
At least these jumps can collapse, unlike jumps racing, pick and choose your battles, jumps racing is my priority. tongue
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..1 ..1 TAS Posts: 2265
9 10 Aug 2012
4_da_animals1 said:
Maggie said:
Some of the jumps are ridiculously high. How some of the horses manage to jump it is just astounding. I've also seen a lot of rolkur in the equestrian, that's just not acceptable.
At least these jumps can collapse, unlike jumps racing, pick and choose your battles, jumps racing is my priority. tongue
Jumps racing is already banned in my state.
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OinkMoo OinkMoo NSW Posts: 1340
10 10 Aug 2012
Well you should be happy as tonight is the final event for the equestrian tongue

Ive watched every single event in the Equestrian from start to finish and i havent seen any rollkur, if it was used they would have a disqualification or Max. penelty points as the horse is over flexed. The riders wouldnt risk that at such a high level. Some horses have a natural carrage of the head and neck wich may look like Rollkur, wich may be what you saw Maggie. Sometimes it can be hard to tell the diffrence in the way the horse carrys itself if you dont have experiance in that feild.

The Jumps fall with the slightest touch, unlike jumps racing where they are a hedages and can make a horse loose its balence. The Jump poles are super light and are designed to fall with the slightest touch - if you watch the HD slow motion after the jump round you would notice that sometimes the poles fell simply becouse the tip of the hoove touched the pole wich caused it to fall - One horses tail caused the pole to fall tongue

In jumps racing a horse can compete when it is mearly 1.5 years old - the horses musculoskeletal system is still growing and cant stand the pressures of racing, hence why there are so many injuries and deaths but in showjumping a horse cant compete in a competition until they are 6 years old, they can only jump 30cm ( wich is lower then E grade ) The horse also cant compete in cross country until it is 8 when the horse is fully grown and its musculoskeletal system is finished growing and is matured.

Honestly i agree with Emma you need to pick and choose your battles tongue
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