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Kathy and Bert's bit parts at an Icelandic Horse Show

 
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Skyler's boyfriend Lenstar and I did the cinematography, Kathy did the editing...

We love these little horses!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lze671iHEbU
 
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Forgive me if this is a naive question...

but how much of winning is the rider, and how much is the horse? I mean, if you have a lousy horse, can an excellent rider make a big difference?

and if you have an excellent horse but a horrible rider, will the horse do enough on his/her own to (forgive the pun) carry the rider?
 
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It's a great question...

One saying is "humans help horses, and horses help humans". A great horse can and does teach beginner's, and a great rider teaches beginner horses. In a show, a great horse can help a less great rider, and vice versa, but you need both to do really well.

It's amazing to me that a big part of horse training is teaching horses to be athletic, and as my resolution has gotten better it's become clearer and clearer which horses have been trained to be the most athletic. If you study this video and pick out the horses that look the coolest when they move, you're probably picking the most athletic ones.
 
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Very cool and fun to watch!
 
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Bert, I thought the title to this topic was a setup to a joke....
 
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