Rider Banned After Terrible Show Jumping Ride

Bernhard Maier, a show jumping rider had a not so flattering jumping round during the CSI1* in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. The round resulted in the Austrian Federation (OEPS) stepping in. The Federation has stated the actions of their national rider are ‘a disgrace for the sport”, in an official release. Watch the round below.

The federation has banned the rider. The final decision still must be approved by other organizations. “We’re putting all efforts on the job to call a halt to this type of riding.”

Source: equnews.com.  Do you think this rider deserved to be banned?  Share this on Facebook if you support the Federation’s decision!

8 Responses

  1. Barb

    Amazing that the horse was trying to be honest with such a dreadful rider. He is a disgrace to the sport

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  2. Lauren

    I’m not a rider and just had a couple general questions:

    1) Did he hurt the horse?
    2) Why was the mouth foaming?
    3) Could this be explained as horse mistake or no?

    Thanks!

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    • Danae

      Hi Lauren!

      I’m going to do my best to explain. Hopefully what I write is understandable.

      Questions 1:

      Though the rider wasn’t physically abusing the horse, he wasn’t riding very safely and definitely wasn’t setting the horse up to jump the jumps very well which has the potential for the horse to be seriously injured, such as a broken leg. A broken leg on a horse is pretty much a death sentence because they have very skinny legs to support a very heavy body. Plus horse leg bones don’t heal very well because of their weight. A horse can’t get around on just 3 legs because each leg is responsible for a certain % of its weight.

      Question 2:

      Foaming at the mouth is very normal for a horse that is competing or just going through a practice. It just means that the horse is flexing and in most cases is actually a good thing because it usually means that the horse is relaxed in whatever it is doing.

      Question 3:

      After watching the video multiple times, I’ve noticed that the horse was fighting for control. He was being held back by the rider and the horse didn’t like it. He/she wanted to go faster which would result in a more dangerous and reckless ride. Also the rider would have no control over the horse. If you watch the video again, you can see that throughout the ride the horse keeps tossing its head. The horse was trying to get the reins looser so that it could have more control. That’s never a good thing.

      My honest opinion is that both the horse and rider are at fault. Horses are very sensitive but strong animals. This could be a horse that was super flighty that day and the rider tried to strong arm him/her in order to correct whatever was going on which unfortunately resulted in this disaster of a ride.

      I really hope this helped!

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  3. Karen

    It depends on what was going on. I’d like to hear his side of the story.

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  4. Tere

    The horse was protesting at the very beginning of the video. I would say he either has a very poor work ethic or he hates his job and could be in pain. My Guess would be hocks or stifles. As he dragged a back leg, over the jumps with his back legs and he also would refuse and slide stop. Like he didn’t want to push off.

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  5. Karen Waters

    Lauren I can assure you the horse was most definitely being physically abused! The bars of the mouth on a horse are sensitive and heavy, rough yanking at the mouth such as in this appalling example of ‘riding’ causes the horse so much pain he tries to run away from it.
    I agree with Tere the horse was obvious signs of anxiety at the start and should have been taken home to investigate why he is so anxious, but Tere I disagree with your speculation the horse was dropping the hind legs over the fences because of any physical condition, it’s is plain to see this dreadful rider, by not going with the horse over the fences (pushing his hands well forward so as to give plenty of rein to stretch his neck) he is forcing the poor animal to haul the full weight of the rider with his mouth!
    And yet the horse tries to keep jumping despite pitifully trying to show he doesn’t want to.
    Bad day for showjumping.

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  6. Lisa

    I’m amazed the horse didnt buck or rear to get him off. He hung in that horse’s mouth over every jump. It doesn’t take a fool to see that the horse dreaded every jump and what he knew would be pain and jerking on his mouth not to mention his neck and back. Remember that this is just a few minutes of riding that we saw. Heaven only knows what goes on at his barn. I agree he should be banned. This ride was not humane and a poor example of the sport.

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