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13 January 2015 @ 11:48 am

This doesn't seem new so it may have been posted before, but this is the first I've seen it and I'm just... astounded. I can't even comprehend what's going on in this video. This poor horse is a complete saint, is all I can really say.

Some of the comments say this was a polo rider trading saddles for charity. Others state that's not true and it's an actual show jumper from Portugal. I don't know what's true(anyone?), but I honestly do not think it matters. How fucking insane do you have to be to think this is acceptable for ANY reason in the world? I'm cringing for the horses back and I can't even believe he had the gall to hit him with the crop. I'm amazed that the horse didn't crash through every fence and dump that guy.
23 August 2014 @ 08:52 pm
Not so much bad riding, but...since there are horses in the video, too...

07 March 2014 @ 10:12 pm
I'm hardly an expert on western riding, but I'd have to be blind not to see this amount of wrong. Right now, I kinda wish I could unsee it!

06 February 2014 @ 12:05 pm

Allow me to introduce you to "Rick Gore Horsemanship."  From my understanding, he is a misogynistic older guy who holds firmly to his belief that most women and every person who rides English has it all wrong.  Bits are wrong.  Shoes are wrong.  Etc etc.  As a fellow Western rider, I find him embarrassing.  While he has it right that horses are usually not to blame when things go awry, he takes it a step farther to be insulting and crude.

You could go down the rabbit hole yourself on his channel, but I want to draw your attention to these videos on his stance on helmets.  If you'd like to skip straight to the start of his rant, go to about 1:48 in the video (Part 1).  The helmet business is apparently a racket with the government.  Take off your riding helmet, and put on your tinfoil hat. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37amujWG6tQ  If you were able to sit through that, Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiUTFmAwiGM

If you wear a helmet, you obviously:
- have a Superman complex
- should invest in full body armor
- are dumb
- are a jumper who forced your policies and legislation on others

I should point out: I started wearing a helmet after my horse (who is about as bomb proof as they come) encountered a rattlesnake on a trail and spun out from under me.  A mild concussion made a pretty significant impression on me about the value of a helmet.  I don't judge people for not wearing helmets, but I sure as hell don't judge people for wearing them, either!  It's a pretty diverse group of riders in this group--thoughts?

30 January 2014 @ 09:09 pm
Looks like this guy maybe trained under Nick Peronance.

YouTube comments are spot-on.
I am so, so surprised this hasn't been mentioned yet! Get your reading glasses and some snacks.

Here's the major video. Can't figure out how to embed from Photobucket. Get the eye bleach out.

24 December 2013 @ 02:24 am
Is that bit upside down AND backwards? How the hell did they even get that bridle on??

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