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Different, not sure about the rider doing the jumping that well. Of course, the mechanical horse did not jump very good either, but I guess it was better than being on a real horse, LOL Thanks for sharing,

Have a GREAT week.

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I think if the point is to teach you to just close your hip angle, this might be a good teaching tool, so you are not interfering with the horse while learning. I know it would help me to go with the motion, while not riding a living breathing beast that has a far bigger jump than that mechanical horse. Maybe it would help in the beginning stages of jumping, or if you needed to go back and fix some jumping faults/habits.

The problem with that horse is that he doesn't have any neck motion, so his "jump" is really flat and looong. In a real life scenario, a jump is what...2-3 seconds? If that? And it definitely thrusts you out of the saddle more than that, even at a smaller height.

Is it meant as a teaching tool, or is it just like a video game? Is the helmet REALLY necessary??? lol

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It would be more realistic if there was an operator with a joy stick off to the side that could make the horse throw in a buck or two along the way. You know, make it work like a mechanical bull ride! Then I think they would have something.:happy0203:

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I don't think that anything you would learn from that would translate to riding an actual horse. It looks like she's balancing primarily off of her hands. I guess really you could try it hands-free, since there's no need to have contact with the dummy's mouth!

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They have all sorts of them. They have a dressage one, a polo pony one and a racehorse one also. I watched the dressage one and it seemed pretty decent, I think the thing is to help riders improve their seat without worrying about confusing a real horse. The video I watched was a lady getting a lesson on the mechanical horse, so it was cool, she could work on her sitting trot and stuff without worrying about riding a horse as well. The jump one looks strange, the poor girl looks like she's having a hard time staying with the horse, but I can't blame her.

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I could see it useful for like Polo players... but for jumping?? You would think it would feel really mechanical and not smooth at all...

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That would teach you to NOT do some important things like leg off the ground, regulate stride, etc... Plus, no real feedback from the "horse." Interesting.

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