As we explore a new approach to equine athletic training, we meet resistances simply because it is part of human nature to resist progresses. The most sordid argument against equestrian evolution is definitely, "I cannot follow this approach because I like to show.” Yet the main reason for applying advances in scientific knowledge is to better prepare the horse’s physique for the requirements of modern competitions. Both in the dressage and the hunter jumper rings, judging standards are crippling horses because they are based on poor knowledge of the equine physiology. A horse cannot be soundly educated following these modern judging principles, but a horse can be efficiently prepared for the physical demands of these judging standards applying actual knowledge of the equine physiology. Admitting to the archaism of the judging criteria does not mean staying away from the show ring. At the contrary, it is by knowing the enemy that the rider secures the horse’s victories. One victory is entering the show ring with a horse athletically ready to perform. The other victory is the exit the show ring with a sound horse. Jean Luc Cornille
[ posted by niwot, May 08, 2012 23:26 ]
"One victory is entering the show ring with a horse athletically ready to perform. The other victory is the exit the show ring with a sound horse."