Originally Posted by Elana
Is anyone besides me really uncomfortable with the March Photo contest winning photo? That horse is very very close to coming over backward... and with all the young people (including this horse's rider) I find this sort of picture an invitation to disaster!
Every time I look at that picture I wish I could remove it for fear someone might try to copy it with their own horse.. and get seriously hurt!
Rearing horses.. especially as high as that one is.. is a very very dangerous and concerning thing to see OR to ride.
I agree that it is really dangerous and that the horse is close to coming over backward. Also the horse's mouth is gaping open and so I'm sure there is more pressure on the bit than needs to be. The rider is bareback, meaning that she has to use either the reins or the mane (and I don't see her grabbing the mane) also she's barefoot and helmet-less...neither are good things to do when you're riding a horse...let alone rearing one. I agree with not encouraging people to do things like this...Even if the horse is 100% trained and rears on command there is still the danger of them loosing balance and falling over. The worst falls I have ever seen have been when a horse falls down on a rider (either from going back or falling while jumping/barrel racing/etc.) This is just my opinion.
Have I done stupid things on my horse? Duh! Most people have. Have I learned from them when things went wrong? Of course. I also had times where nothing went wrong (most of the time nothing did) but I later realized that I should stop doing this before it does go wrong. Even the best tempered horse can trip and fall or suddenly spook. Also horses have off days too.