Everyone thinks riding horses is soooo easy and that our horses are just point and shoot. Unless you have been in the saddle galloping up to a sizable oxer, it is hard to understand just how important every nanosecond in the ring is. One of the most important parts is finding the ever illusive “perfect” distance. In fact, sometimes that take-off spot just comes up wrong no matter how hard you plan.
For example: this rider had planned this line to be a four-stride but, it came up a hair long. As her horse decided that this was the perfect opportunity for an “ummm nope” moment, she parted ways with her mount only to find herself in a bit of an unusual spot.
Sometimes I wish there were style points in jumping…. 10 points to Gryffindor for this fantastic landing!