This is an article I published last August. I received a number of requests to re-post it. The title says it all.
I should start by mentioning that this photo has only been shared with the rider’s explicit permission. It is not usual, in the equestrian world, to advertise mistakes, but the fact that neither horse nor rider was injured in this sequence is a cause for celebration.
When one looks at pictures or watches videos of show-jumping, it all looks so exciting. The animals are clearly very powerful, but beautiful and poised. The riders are obviously focused, but appear to be perfectly relaxed, making everything look so easy. But, this sport comes with a great amount of risk. To put it bluntly, this is a dangerous sport. Although fun and exhilarating for spectator and rider alike, it must be taken with a certain amount of solemnity.
Riders train for equestrian events for years, practicing religiously according to a strict regimen. They enter countless events in order to season themselves and their…
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