Thank you all for your comments - the 20D w/ 16-35 saw under the rail action last summer for four days in the grand prix ring and about the same on eventing Cross Country courses and survived with only one 'oh crap' moment. I try and keep the camera combination between the legs of a standard - preferably next to something solid like a planter box so that even if the whole jump is taken down the jump hardware would just rotate around it. The closest call was from a front rail that was knocked upward from a late take-off and that then pivoted over the back rail - somewhere I have the shot of the rail in the air.
I have heard of one instance where a horse intentionally ground a remote camera under hoof...
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