equitation-class

Why do show hunters, equitation riders and horse show pleasure riders so often lope along in that “dead zone” canter?

Part of the answer must be that the slower, more sluggish the canter/lope, and the less impulsion that the horse creates, the less “threatening” the gait must feel to those who are afraid of speed and energy.

That`s why kids need to be turned loose on ponies, preferably bareback, when they are young, supple and gutsy, so they don`t grow up with so much damn, paralyzing FEAR.

Horses gallop, and any rider who even pretends to think of himself/herself as a “good rider” ought to be able to gallop with balance and self assurance.

I don`t “get” any equitation class that doesn`t ask to see “the whole rider.” “Equitation” ought to mean the ability to ride the whole horse, not some attenuated, restricted version.

If I were designing equitation classes that actually MEANT anything, those kids would get stretched, not coddled in some damn little fenced arena, so their little anxieties can be assuaged.

Want to be a rider? Go do it all, not some safe little drug or strong bit or enclosed arena or all of the above induced fake versions of what horses can do.

Seriously, learn to ride, kids, if you want to be “equitation champions”, where that term means anything. That will include fast galloping, sitting the gaits without bouncing, as well as jumping anything out there that horses can handle.

—  Denny Emerson

somethingcleverandunique  asked:

So I don't mean to open a can of worms - but what are your thoughts on plus sized riders? Is there a point when someone shouldn't be riding? Should people be allowed to comment on weight? What about judges, especially if they know how toxic the culture is... just some thoughts :)

I think that people should find a horse that is physically capable of doing what they ask of them. May it be jumping, eventing, etc and carrying the weight of its rider while staying pain free. The issue is the same whether it’s a plus sized rider on a horse with previous back issues or one that isn’t fit enough to carry the weight or a slender rider on a small pony or unfit horse. The exact weight of the rider isn’t the issue, it’s how the horse is able to carry the rider and stay sound. Seat comes into play for this too. A tiny rider with a bad seat that jack hammers the horse’s back is far more likely to cause lameness than a quiet plus sized rider.

I think the only people who should be able to comment on weight would be ones working with the horse personally. If the horse is struggling physically or is coming up lame, it should be looked into and if it is decided by a professional that it is the rider who caused this, then it’s the rider’s job to fix it and do what’s best for the horse(selling the horse, working on their seat etc). This goes for any rider of any weight.

It isn’t anyone’s business to comment on weight if their knowledge is only from the outside. It isn’t anyone’s business to be snarky about weight. Leave it to the professionals. I have yet to hear of a plus sized rider who would continue to ride their horse knowing that it’s harming the horse for whatever reason.

People just like to toss around blame even if they have no reason to. You can’t judge a horse’s capacity to carry a certain weight and stay sound just by looking at a photo. Everyone carries weight differently, everyone rides differently. It’s a grossly inaccurate way to judge people.

With regards to judges at shows, I think the better rider should always win, regardless of weight. Obviously in classes like equitation, there are biases which sucks but it should be made more fair so that the better rider wins. Not who’s the thinnest.