I've seen many of the 14 (or so) competitions from around the world.
I don't know much about show jumping. It's fun to watch, but I haven't paid as much attention to it as other horse sports. I understand the scoring, the jump offs, etc, but I've only jumped a few times in my life...and the last time, the horse and I parted ways. I remember thinking oh, how odd the world looks and then boom...I'm on the back in the arena with a puzzled horse looking down at me. I am the type who doesn't let go the reins. Yes, I got back aboard...but my friends said maybe you're not cut out to be a jumper when you come off over a little bitty jump like that.
I realized then that no matter how much I dreamt of eventing, I would never be a jumper.
As I've watched the 2016 Longines competitions, I've begun to notice something about the horses that I'm asking anyone out there to clarify for me.
Several of the horses in the competitions are wearing the red warning ribbon on their tail that indicates they are kickers.
In all my time hanging around barns, dressage tests, endurance rides, three day events, shows in general to include the World Equestrian Games (admittedly, I couldn't get tickets to the show jumping) I have seldom seen a red tail ribbon.
In all my years of massaging horses, only once did I run into a
Yet in this series of competitions, with big BIG names, like Pessoa, Ward, etc...I'm counting at least SIX horses wearing the "kicker' warning ribbon.
Six, in this case, is a statistically significant amount.
I'm wondering then, is kicking a by product of high stakes stadium jumping? Does the horse jump because he's a kicker? Or is he a kicker because he jumps?
I would definitely like some feedback.