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Women and men have been treated equally in other horse sports for decades. The way the horseracing industry gets excited over women jockeys is silly. Jockeys are jockeys. End of.
Here’s to women showing support for other women. And people showing support for other people generally.
I’m pleased that everyone on this thread has stuck up for Bryony. My faith in humanity is restored .
Horses feel the whip and that it why it is used. You notice the effect more on a stationary horse or one which moving at a slow pace. After a crack they might scoot off or go sideways. When used appropriately it’s a useful tool to correct behavioural problems.
Having done some competing myself and asked a tired horse to give its all I would like to see whip thresholds come down and harsher punishments imposed.
I liked the emotion she showed towards her horse. It reminded me of how I felt on the odd occasion my horse and I did well at a competition. People have such love for these animals why not show it.
“I’m not sure how many of you actually follow eventing, but riders in contention for the overall win actually do regularly give their mounts 1-3 backhanders after the last in the major competitions”
I evented at international (FEI) level and this statement is untrue. As others have mentioned we had an incident last year of overuse of the whip which has had regulatory implications.
Apart from the odd horse you don’t need a whip to make a horse gallop and jump natural obstacles.
This is my experience. I mean no disrespect to those who have other views.January 26, 2019 at 15:14 in reply to: Almond Eye JRA 2018 Horse of Year by all 276 votes (of racing press) #1393813
What a lovely filly.
I have done some eventing.
The XC phase is a few miles over obstacles which are more complicated than a NH XC race. 9/10 you would complete without having to resort to the whip.December 20, 2018 at 15:32 in reply to: Mirror mirror on the wall who is the fairest of them all #1389780
ZENYATTA was a princess
It is right that we tend to remember the beautiful AND talented ones. I will try to think of a beautiful but useless one!December 10, 2018 at 06:32 in reply to: Mirror mirror on the wall who is the fairest of them all #1388724
ROARING LION what a handsome chapDecember 8, 2018 at 13:53 in reply to: Mirror mirror on the wall who is the fairest of them all #1388515
Some mare DAR RE MI is
I think CRYSTAL OCEAN is worth a shot over 10f.
He doesn’t have a great deal of stamina on the distaff side and does his best work at the 9-10f point.
Another 2yo winner today – FEARLESS WARRIOR @kempton. Has a Derby entry. 2yo runners coming up:
FOX TAL – Newmarket maiden / Royal Lodge
EMINENCE – Newmarket maiden / Beresford
MR SECRETARY – Beresford
STAR SAFARI – Newmarket maiden
LOCH LAGAN – Pontefract novice
VELORUM – Kempton novice / Newmarket maiden
BABA GHANOUJ – Haydock novice / Newmarket maiden
OAK PARK – Haydock novice