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So in vet school today, I learned about all sorts of horse competitions I’ve never knew even existed. This one I found the pretty entertaining lol. Any others to share?

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Note: this routine was not actually done to this song. It's a remix of a 2006 traditional dressage routine, albeit I concur that dressage and hip-hop go together pretty well. The mare, Blue Hors Matine, has since been euthanized after breaking a leg a few years ago.

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Original Poster1 point · 3 months ago

that makes more sense now, though had a good laugh at it. She’s a beauty, sad she had to be euthanized- I’m sure a lot of these horses go down this way

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Injury happened while turned out in the pasture - not as a result of riding. Just a horse being a horse and getting into trouble.

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This is a musical kur or freestyle dressage to music in which you complete a certain amount of menuveurs in whatever pattern you like to music of your choice. However, most of the music is very classical and often without lyrics. Hip hop songs like this would not be approved.

The horse, Blue Horse Matine, was a very athletic horse until her unexpected death. I've linked her actual kur with the appropriate music. It is much longer and pop oriented but still pretty awesome. Plenty of awesome things in the equine world to see for sure, including the puissance wall, thrills and spills excerpt from cross country jumping, and Mark Todd jumping cross country with only one stirrup.

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Original Poster2 points · 3 months ago

That music seems more appropriate, thanks for that. Still fun to watch, along with the rest of the equine competitions you linked. Want to watch some in person one day.

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Old video for bareback and bridle less reining:


Trail with dog agility added:

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in addition to dressage freestyles, there's also western reining freestyles, which are pretty cool. costumes are encouraged in many reining freestyles, and i really like this one where they did a racing themed Smarty Jones (2004 Kentucky Derby winner) tribute.

also, check out polocrosse! it's pretty much lacrosse on horseback and i've always wanted to play it.

there's also scurry driving, where a team of ponies pulling carts has to complete obstacle courses without knocking over any of the cones that mark the course.

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Yes, dressage is incredible...but is also quite damaging! Imagine if you were forced to do repetitive movements like that that you were NOT designed to be doing. No wonder dressage horses are always getting proximal suspensory desmitis, bone spavin and coffin joint arthritis. But it is still amazing to watch!

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This can be said of nearly all of the equestrian sports; they will all break down a horse in different ways if they aren’t properly conditioned/are over worked. I am highly disappointed in the direction much of modern Dressage is going though, it is straying from its roots.

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I wonder if you could train them to do it without a rider. Probably safer for the horse and prettier to watch.

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I know this was a month ago, but riding horses is not abuse. All movements in dressage are movements horses can naturally perform - otherwise, they wouldn't be doing them. If you start jumping a 2 year old horse, then yes, it will damage the horse - horses are not meant to be ridden that young. If you know what you're doing however, the horse will be safe.

You might not see a horse doing dressage movements in the wild very often, if at all - but the horse is moving that way and not fighting it. Dressage literally means "training" - it's designed to stretch their muscles and keep horses fit.

I hope I don't come across as rude - I'm a bit passionate about riding and horses, and a lot of people see someone pat their horse and scream abuse.

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Um, no it is not. Dressage has its own problems (exhibit A: rollkur), but soring is associated with "Big Lick" Tennessee Walkers.

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Soring is the use of chemicals, pressure or devices to cause pain to the front feet and legs of horses when they touch the ground. This results in the horses picking up their front feet higher and faster than they would do naturally. It is an abusive and prohibited practice, illegal in the U.S. under the Horse Protection Act of 1970 (HPA). It is closely associated with a unique high-stepping action of the front legs called "big lick" movement in show ring Tennessee Walking Horses.

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