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post #1 of 124 Old 06-16-2011, 03:30 AM Thread Starter
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Angry Horses in the Media Rant!

So, I was just nosing around on the site before going to bed. The TV show switched over to something else. I wasn't paying much attention until I heard the key word "horse". Boop! I look at the TV to see that it's some reality show. -.-

There is some valley girl blonde going "Omg, I saw Fabio riding up on the horse and was liikee. OMG hes sooo cute!" Some rich guys on polo ponies come cantering up. "I was really happy because I have TOTALLY rode horses before and I could tell Jessie (another girl) has not. She didn't even know how to get on!" <-- not actual names, but you get the idea.

Yeah, well you could tell once both the girls were sitting up their they had NO idea what they were doing. Stiff, holding the reins wrong. WELL it's a reality show, so the guys jump up on the horses behind them IN THE SADDLE! You could see the horse go "Oh jeez." Now I don't do it, but I don't condone anyone who rides double lightly. These were larger guys though trying to squeeze into the saddle with these girls. They were sitting on the very back and just driving that saddle into the poor thing's back. You could see the horse stretch out it's neck and just pin it's ears back like "owww". Then, they proceeded to play polo. The guys were kicking the crap out of the horses sides trying to get them to trot. When the horse did trot it was strung out and VERY uncomfortable looking. Because of the un-coordination when the horse did trot both of them were bouncing on it's back like it was a trampoline not to mention just yanking on their mouths.

I don't know, just kind of irked me and made me think of other things that the media does with horses that bugs me. Especially in movies. It's better now, but they use to be so brutal on horses!! Flipping them over and such. Another thing that's like: -.-
  • When they change the rider's horse that is OBVIOUS. Not kidding I've seen a very light colored palomino turn into a dark bay in a matter of a few seconds.
  • They play sounds of horses whinnying when the horse is standing there tied like "la-de-da".
  • When they just walk away from their horses dropping the reins to go chase a deer or outlaw.
Whew!!! Rant over! Sorry! I just saw those horses getting heeled to death with a heavy load and their mouth yanked on like it was a game of tug-o-war. Do you have any rants about the media and horses?

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When tack is mismatched. That bothers me. have people that are hired to research things.

The dyeing of the horse was brought up in another thread so I looked up a picture and found this: an english saddle with a western headstall and curb..
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When tack is mismatched. That bothers me. have people that are hired to research things.

The dyeing of the horse was brought up in another thread so I looked up a picture and found this: an english saddle with a western headstall and curb..

Silly horse people! Don't you know thats the right way? Everything in the media is correct!!!

It drives me nuts when they do those kinds of things on TV or in Movies. We watched Return to Snowy River in my horse management class (full of non-horsey people) and in the movie the guy (whose name escapes me at the moment...) takes his wild stallion and turns him into a seasoned ranch mount in a matter of 24 hours.
One girl looked at me and said, "Why do people say its so hard to train horses?"
Uhm, no. Its not easy to train horses. And no, it takes more like YEARS to get a well broke horse.
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Cartoon horse tack! They NEVER get the bridles right!
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Haha not that long ago I went to the movies with my husband to see The Eagle. Good movie but noticed a very obvious horse switch that bugged the crap out of me. It was so obvious I thought I had to have missed the part where he picked up a different horse somehow, and if that wasn't the case how dumb could they really be? I even leaned over and asked my husband where the other horse went. Haha he didn't notice, men :roll:

The horse the slave starts out with at about the 1:10 point is bay and a few second later you see him riding a white horse. You can't tell from the trailer, but there really wasn't a good reason for this. It happened in a part of the movie where there wasn't a whole lot going on.

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I know what you mean, it really bugs me when they do daft things with horses in the media!

Every time I see those cowboy films, I always think "Why are you just leaving your horse there??"

Although the video of Paris Hilton falling off her horse makes me laugh

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In Calamity Jane I don't think Doris Day ever rides the same horse twice. The biggest switch is at the end where she rides into town on a stunning piebald then after a bit of dialogue jumps on someone else's chestnut and gallops out.

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That poor pink horse, doesn't look happy at all.
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I can't stand cartoon horse bridles either, Sunny. It looks like they drill two holes through the horse's nose and through a noseband around it.

In Flicka 2, the Arabian used for the whole movie is not the horse at the end with the foal. That really p***ed me off, lol.

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I remember watching the black stallion series (not movie, but I'm sure there were some switches there too) a looooong time ago. He is supposed to be an arab and is in some parts, and is like some weird gaited paso fino thing & fresian in other parts.

Shaking my head...
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