You may wish to take your Dramamine before watching this video…
In high school, I ran track, and my race of choice was the hundred-meter hurdles. I’ve done plenty of hurdle training in my life. I’m not saying I was ever particularly swift or talented, but I showed up to practice, anyway.
I’ve also done my fair share of jump schooling in my life, both in comfortable arenas with some great equitation horses and cross-country in Wyoming and Ireland. I enjoyed that far more than training hurdles.
I have never, however, put the two concepts together — until now. Without risking life and limb, now you too can school hurdles aboard a galloping Thoroughbred courtesy of today’s helmet cam!
Niall Madden and Richie McLernon schooling over hurdles recenty.
Posted by Jonjo O'Neill Racing on Monday, July 30, 2018
Despite what looks like a mad headlong gallop, both of these horses appear to take every jump smoothly and right out of stride, which leads me to believe that hurdle racing is in fact more than just flinging oneself at fences at top speed. Well done to both horses and riders!