Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Sweden - the land of carrots and apples
I'm glad this came to a discussion :) I've read all answers and it has been interesting.
I can't agree that the horse is overly scared, it looks fine to me.
I feel that the scared feeling some people talk about is more because humans think horses must be scared of lions. But if my cat and my previous rats could willingly sleep together, I don't see why a horse can't accept a lion on it's back without fear.
And I still don't see anything wrong with just having a lion ride a horse.
BUT I do see lots of problems with THAT lion riding THAT horse in THAT environment, and lots of things around it, like training, size, ground etc etc
There's no reason in the world that humans should ride either, except our high pleasure, so circus acts that doesn't injure horses or other animals are fine to me. As long as the animals are trained well both physically and mentally for the act, and are treated with respect. Which I have no clue if it's the case here, but the horse doesn't seem big or strong enough. And I do hope that saddle fits well or else that'd probably hurt a lot.
Anyway, I'm glad there were so many opinions about this :)
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