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    09-07-2010, 04:58 PM
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Prince Harry - Polo Pony Abuse

My mother sent me an emailed link - thought I'd share. I didn't see this already as a thread, but if I missed it in my search, feel free to delete.

Prince Harry rides his way into middle of polo controversy | The Upshot Yahoo! News - Yahoo! News


More info, and photos. Some may find the pics a bit graphic, so fair warning.

Prince Harry faces animal cruelty claim over polo pony's stab wound from his spur | Mail Online
     
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    09-07-2010, 06:45 PM
  #2
Yearling
Looks like a clear cut case to me. I'm not crazy about polo - In most pictures of it I see the ponies are weighed down by a ton of tack and having their heads yanked around. I wonder if FHOTD will comment on this - She likes polo.
     
    09-08-2010, 08:45 AM
  #3
Green Broke
To each their own....but some horse get spur rubs all the time just from being thin skinned.

PETA is just looking for something else to ruin. The next thing you know they will be making a big(ger if they arent already) fuss at Spruce Meadows..... I am surprised I haven't heard much about how bad drag hunting is to hounds yet!
     
    09-08-2010, 09:45 AM
  #4
mls
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Originally Posted by ponyboy    
Looks like a clear cut case to me. I'm not crazy about polo - In most pictures of it I see the ponies are weighed down by a ton of tack and having their heads yanked around. I wonder if FHOTD will comment on this - She likes polo.
A ton of tack??

It's NOT a clear case of abuse. Look at the spurs - BLUNT. The smear from his boot and the fact the horse is gray makes it look worse than it is.
     
    09-08-2010, 09:50 AM
  #5
Banned
I have to laugh at the caption about him being heartless.

I would guess that he would have switched ponies had he realized there was a sore. I would guess he did not even know it was there until he got off. He is playing polo, not examining every inch of his horse while they gallop around.

Is the person whose horse gets a sore while out on a trail ride being heartless when they do not notice the cut until they get back to the barn?


If this horse bled every time they went out, then there would be something to talk about.

Geez people.
     
    09-08-2010, 10:04 AM
  #6
Green Broke
Meh... looks like ignorance to me, not abuse. I don't think he's much of a rider or a horseman, he's a soldier though, I have respect for him for that reason.

A video of him falling, a bit pathetic, you'll see what sort of rider he is:
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    09-08-2010, 10:29 AM
  #7
Super Moderator
I thought Drizzle was Prince Williams pony. Geuss I was confused there.

Those videos don't show me anything about his riding ability. What they show is that he's a prince and should he fall off, someone is going to catch it on tape. The first video he looked pretty sturdy in the saddle, his pony's feet came out from under it and they tumbled. The second video showed him hit the ground, nothing before... the third video didn't show me he's a terrible rider.

I don't know what the deal is with the spur marks. I doubt it's abuse though, could be but... don't know enough about it to accuse someone of something...
     
    09-08-2010, 10:33 AM
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Yeah, definitely not the way the average Joe wants to end up in the news.

The bluntness of the spurs makes me wonder exactly how hard the horse would have had to have been jabbed (or constantly rubbed) to draw blood. I do agree that the smearing and the grey coat make it look worse than it probably is.

PETA is the last organization that needs to be involved. If there's any official action or sanction against him, it should come from whatever polo association was involved with the event, not some radical organization. Yeah, a mistake was made. If it was a daily occurrence I'd be more inclined to side with the "heartless" camp - knowing the little I actually know about the story I'm more inclined to land on the "careless, don't let it happen again" side of the fence.

I suppose at the end of the day, Prince Harry is a very public figure. He'd draw controversy if he left home in the morning in mismatched socks.
     
    09-08-2010, 10:44 AM
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mls
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Originally Posted by Scoutrider    
The bluntness of the spurs makes me wonder exactly how hard the horse would have had to have been jabbed (or constantly rubbed) to draw blood. I do agree that the smearing and the grey coat make it look worse than it probably is.
Polo can be more of a contact sport than people realize. Could very well have been jabbed in when another horse smashed into this pair. There really is no time for constant rubbing. The ponies are switched out fairle frequently. (vs a long trail ride)

Speedy - how many times have you fallen off? Or heck even tripped while walking? We all do it once in a while.
     
    09-08-2010, 11:01 AM
  #10
Banned
I am with farmpony on the falling off videos. Geez, in the first one I am missing how anyone would have stayed on. (Not sure what on is while your horse is sliding on its side on the ground.)

All I have to say to the people who are 'oh my god he must have rubbed forever and hard to make a hole' is, heck, I have had the elastic on my underwear make a sore worse than that on a hot and sweaty day. It does not take much to make a sore when things are right.

And as MLS pointed out, so many things go on at a polo match it could have been anything.
     

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