by geosolstice (U13128136) 21 August 2008
Did anyone watch the pentathlon? I have just been watching the show jumping phase and am absolutely appalled by the poor riding and the treatment of the horses. This does not look like an Olympic event - I have seen far better riding at my local show. The majority of the riders gave the horses no rein over the jumps, pulling sharply on their mouths. When the horses refused because a) it hurts being yanked in the mouth over every jump and b) because they are not riding them into the jumps properly, the riders hit them hard with their whips, sometimes numerous times. There have been a few really nasty falls for the horses and riders. One unfortunate horse got stuck on top of the wall, its back leg got stuck through the wall and then the horse fell over backwards. It was lame on one hind leg and yet the rider was going to keep going without checking the horse over. Very few horses have been patted at the end of the round. Most of the riders didnt appear to care about the horses, the commentator knew nothing about horse riding and the whole event came across as very unprofessional and also almost like game show. They either need to find riders who can ride to the standard of the course, or make the course far smaller. They should also give some of the riders some basic lessons on how to ride over a fence, making the experience far nicer for the horses and those watching the event.
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