One, two, three, four. Legs together. Front legs lifts. As the weigh shifts gradually to the back, muscles of hind legs harden up. With a firm push against the ground, all the weighs lift from the ground. Focusing on the hurdle in front, front legs curl up as much as possible to avoid the obstructing bar. As the hind legs leave the ground, the momentum provided by the jump carries all weighs to the top of the obstacles. For a brief moment, all weigh are floating in the air. Effortless. As the momentum dies down, the weighs starts their downward motion. Front legs stretch towards the landing spot. Touch down. As the rest of the body follows through, front legs bends slightly to cushion off the fall. Hind legs come together again with front legs. With another push by hind legs, the horse is ready to conquer another obstacle.
One down. Ten to go.
All the works within less than 2 seconds, and with an extra dead weigh of 60 or 70 kg on its back.
Have you ever wonder, with all the hard works done by the beautiful animals, why does the medal of the Equestrian event go to the one with two legs, who does nothing but just sit there, looking pretty? Doesn’t anybody notice? The horse has a neck to hang the medal too?