If the show jumping horse is not happy, then neither will its rider be. There can be a number of reasons for this. A cruel and reckless rider of which fortunately there are so few will drive his horse to death even though it is quite ill. There is no way that the horse can perform superbly at any show jumping event if it is exposed to such cruelty. There have been cases where horse trainers and its owners have willingly put horses to the sword by over-training them to the point of collapse rather than achieving winning results.
With any good fortune, the horse could simply be put to pasture. How the horse is dressed, never mind the rider, is also important. If the saddle does not fit and the straps are tied too tightly, the rider will soon learn of the horse’s discomfort. There is a fair to good chance that there will be no riding forthwith, never mind jumping the poles like a true champion. Speaking of horse jump poles, what jumping poles are laid out on the show jumping course are of vital importance. There will be a fine line drawn between peak performance and complete failure.
It should go without saying that horses are unique, inasmuch as their riders would be. So, horse jump poles need to take into account this. Ignoring the horses’ general conditioning requirements and physiological circumstances could pose an unfair disadvantage over a majority of horses and their riders. Event organizers have also been far too focused on creating aesthetic attractions rather than vying for the optimum health and welfare of both horse and its rider. Fortunately, there are more than enough decorative jump poles available that serve this important purpose.