Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Ontario, Canada
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Horse Media Rant
Before I start, I must say that I think they should have a sub-forum for 'Books' in the above list.
But anyways...a lot of the horse books and video games they have on the market nowadays bother me. I can't recall one I really enjoy-well, maybe Black Beauty. Nothing in them is...true.
Books always seem to be about an insufferable teenage girl who has to overcome some problem or another and then she meets her "dream horse" and they have an amazing bond and only understand each other even though the horse is deemed "unrideable" by everyone else at the stable. Then it ends with her being able to ride and be amazing on the horse, and then all the boys like her because she can ride this crazy horse, and even though everyone hated her at the start they all like her now and it ends happily. Sure, different stories have different plot lines, but give or take a few sentences and changes from my above description, and they're almost all the same.
Games also usually feature a teenage girl who has to do something with her horse to "save the farm" or something like that, and it's annoying, because even though you have to "break" and "train" the horse, they never misbehave after that one training session, and the character or the horse never gets hurt, and never are faced with any problems. Of course, the "breaking" is not real breaking-it's brushing or grooming your horse, or lunging it or something, and then it's good to go and it never bucks, or rears, or bolts, or refuses, and it's just generally not realistic. Now obviously they're not going to have real features in the games, because that would not be fun for the little 12 year olds that play it. Really all these games and movies and such do are enforce the stereotype that the concept of breaking a wild horse is a romantic idea that anyone can do, and if you have a good bond with your pony you'll never have any problems and you can just gallop around the countryside having fun.
I wish people would write good horse books, and make games that aren't meant for 12-year-olds and aren't ridiculous. I apologize for that rant, but I needed to get it out.