Posted 26 February 2011 - 07:19 PM
A word about the nasty HJ practice , it is RAPPING, not "wrapping"---two people hold the ends of the top pole, and as the horse clears the jump, they purposely hit ("rap") his front legs with the pole, teaching him to tuck his legs up tightly while jumping.
If you want to read an interesting fictionalized expose' of the international hunter/jumper world, I recommend "RIDERS" by Jilly Cooper. She does know a lot about horses and human relationships. Not a book for the kiddies, rated R-17.
Proud of our family of working western athletes: Arabians, Half-arabs, National Foundation Quarter Horses.
Producers of all-natural grass-fed beef.
The Arabian and Half-arab Fam:
WCF Rampage+/ bay purebred gelding
TS Paarden Mia chestnut purebred mare
HAA Marco Rojo chestnut Classical Spanish gelding
SA Firefoxx chestnut purebred gelding
OFW Carnation bay purebred mare
Skyy RPA amber champagne HA mare
Goldenseal MSL palomino HA gelding