QUOTE (Oliver @ Sep 28 2006, 09:24 PM)
With all due respect - in Europe handlers do this as long I can remember.
I visiting shows for more than twenty years now and in Europe the handlers
always did that. Here in Europe handlers are "playing" with their stallions,
teasing each other to show their guys to their full advantage. It's part of the game,
it's part of the excitement. They are experienced. People like Frank, Scott,
Johanna, Bart, Emma, Michael and all the others knowing exactly
what they are doing.
For example Frank likes to present his stallions in a flashy way. They even rear
sometimes - it's fun, he controll them every minute.
The handlers are no foolish kids - they are professionals. Trust them.
For me it looks like a privatshow of some arrogant people. Watch their faces then you see:
"Look at me, I'm so tough! Bring your horses to me, I can handle them all. I'm the greatest."
Everytime they are "playing" they risk an accident.
And the insiders (!) jubilate.
I agree with Hansi, for normal horse lovers the show is horror.
I went with our farrier to Neustadt, German Nationals, some years ago. I wanted to show her the best Arabian horses of Germany. She knows (and loves) my Arabians since 12 years.
At first she started lauging about the handling of the horses: "Some handlers act like toreros in Spain".
She asked me how the Judgement can estimate legs and topline if the horse is so terribly streched. I had no idea.
And she asked me why do these people present their Arabians in that ("silly") way, even if Arabians are lovely and friendly horses ("like yours").
No idea again.
As a farrier she was horrified about all those bad hoofs und legs. And she really could not believe that a stallion , who will have to wear horseshoes for his whole live, became National-champion.
She asked me if the judgement didn't realize it, and I had to answer that hoofs not deciding...
And I was very ashamend when she ask "These are Germanys best Arabians?
Who will buy those crazy and faultily horses? And for what???"
Since then she sometimes says in allusion of the Nationals "horsees with wrong papers" to my Arabians.