Re: the two girls on that pony, I got physically nauseated, and couldn't watch more than probably thirty seconds. I kept thinking..."THOSE WOMEN are old enough to WELL KNOW BETTER than to ask that sweet, tiny mini to carry ONE OF THEM, let alone TWO!"
Did you see it try to buck, but the girl in the back was so heavy it couldn't even use it's G-d given defenses to get that huge weight off of it's BUTTOCKS, (where she was, in reality, "riding")...So grotesque.
As for human body breakdown secondary to weight carrying & concussive forces of gravity, I live with those results daily! When I say "I", this refers to watching my DH, who at age 43 should be in his prime, suffer constant, debilitating pain. He is an Army vet-82nd Airborne, with hundreds of jumps under his belt, including a night jump where he hit the ground going, as estimated, twice as rapidly as he should have been...whomever the rigger was responsible for packing his chute made an error.
His chute opened improperly, causing a terrible spin, which he thankfully was able to essentially untangle, but with the side effect of being unable to slow himself in proper time, having allotted so much time to the act of stabilizing his chute during this high wind night jump (which, by the way, never should have occurred. Their highest officer requested twice for orders to have it canceled, and the commander above said,"No way. Jump is on!"--or something to that effect)...Anyhow, my husband sustained severe ankle fractures, right side body injuries of numerous types, and what we now know to be a fractured vertebrae in his cervical spine, his lumbar spine, and his thoracic spine, totaling (obviously) three severe vertebral fractures, leaving his arms numb every morning upon waking and remaining such for at least thirty minutes after waking. His ambulation is so "off", due to his injuries, causing his boots to wear so unevenly, that to see the left vs.the right is almost astounding.
He was the mortar guy in the army also, so, on jumps, he not only carried a very heavy ruck as did all the guys, but also carried that 60# plate!
On top of this (his injuries incurred prior to war time), he did serve in Desert Storm ( heading for Iraq one month after having the last of the pins removed from his R ankle!) and while over there continued earning numerous service medals and was an amazing troop.
Despite his disabilities, he still works a completely physical job, and takes no narcotic pain meds because he so fears side effects. He's truly my hero. The point in all of this, is he is extremely athletic, fit, carries maybe 20# more than ideal (as HE sees it, because he's 20# more than he was upon returning from the middle east!) and he doesn't complain, but is still in pain all the time. When bodies are asked to do abnormal things, even when in excellent shape, there can be long term consequences, and such early breakdown! I can't imagine denying such...his army buddies ALL HAVE similar physical issues.They were all in from four to twenty years, and every guy that was in service longer than four years has worse injuries than the guys who served less time...
I know my husband wouldn't trade his military time for ANYTHING, EVEN with his injuries...so I "get" the horse that struggles to keep doing a job, carrying a heavy weight because they are inclined to please, to succeed, to do anything they're asked, even if it hurts.
We as the humans have a responsibility to be aware of preventing them from doing the stuff that hurts them in that case!
**By the way, I have to add that I absolutely LOVE THE PIC of the rider on the feather-footed draft breed! The rider looks lovely up there, position, apparently (from the look of it) the well-fitted saddle and all; the horse is gorgeous (!) & the two make an absolutely picture perfect view together! I'd love to ride a draft...I feel we'd be well suited, that my "bulky looking/stocky" frame would appear more "lithe" from the back of a draft. (how VAIN DID THAT SOUND? Yikes!)...Most importantly, I'd simply love riding a draft breed, their sweetness, their enormous stride, feeling extra secure up there like riding a TANK! I have just adored all the Clydes and Shires I've met!
Thanks so much for the share of that photo, as it really got me thinking. It emphasizes to me that perhaps I should look in that "realm" as another possible option in my ever changing horse-search! :)
Hope this all wasn't too off topic.
"I'm too busy working on my own grass to notice if yours is greener"