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post #1 of 29 Old 09-19-2011, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Standing on a horses back....why?

WhaT is the deal with people standing on horses backs all the time?! I noticed people doing it the other day at a camp ground. People selling horses do it all the time around here. It annoys me. That doesn't tell me anything about a horse. I can stand on my apps back, whoopy! Now, go try to tie him, or ride him in an arena, it ain't going to happen. So what does it tell you?

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post #2 of 29 Old 09-19-2011, 10:12 PM
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It's another gimmick. Now, if you can ride the horse standing--and some people can--I'm suitably impressed.
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post #3 of 29 Old 09-19-2011, 10:14 PM
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I've always used it as a trust excercise :)
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The only thing I am ever reminded of when people talk about this is when I watched Craig Cameron during an exhibition on horse training and at the end he tried to stand on a completely green and "untrustable" horse. He had only been riding the horse for about 20 minutes. He fell flat on his face, hard as a rock. I thought - not so smart.
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The reason I don't agree with is because poco will let me stand on his however, he will throw you straight over his head the first time you do something don't like. He loves jumping but the jumps can't be in an arena they have to be out in the opening. All he does in an arena is buck, buck, buck. Heh, not trust worthy to me. All you got to do to tick him off is bounce in the saddle at a trot or those your balance and he will put you in the dirt. Gotta love him though!

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I would do this (i don't due to riding instructor not allowing me) because one I think it would be kinda cool. So if you don't think standing on a horse isn't cool whatever I do. Also a trust thing I want to feel confident on my horse. And when people stand on their horse when selling it it tells a lot. I ride some horses where they would throw me off and trample me if I stood on them and others would fall asleep while I'm doing it. It shows me that they are more tolerable and easy going (majority of the time) and that the rider trusts them for some reason if they are willing to do that so yea it gives the horse extra bonus points. Especially because I shop for horses for a lesson barn that also offers special needs therapy we need calm tolerant horses and when you are able to stand on them it shows a little of the horses character

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post #7 of 29 Old 09-19-2011, 11:06 PM
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It's something that horse traders teach. They'll get a horse to where you can stand on its back and pop a bullwhip off it, which impresses novices in the auction ring. Take that horse out and try to ride it, though, and it'll flat buck you off in a heartbeat.
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post #8 of 29 Old 09-19-2011, 11:08 PM
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I have to respond to TooSexy for this. Your horse seems to trust you fine. But from what you said in the post, he is trying to teach you lessons when he dumps you. He's not trying to hurt you, only trying to help. Have you thought about thanking him. It sounds silly, but I've found it works...
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post #9 of 29 Old 09-19-2011, 11:12 PM
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I see it all the time at auctions, but what really pisses me off is when someone holds on to the horse's tail while someone else rides the horse around.

I also hate when I see guys stand up on the saddle, and then spread their legs and fall right back down. Or when they ground tie the horse in the middle of the auction ring, climb up the side of the pen, and jump on to the horse from there.


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post #10 of 29 Old 09-19-2011, 11:16 PM
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I've always wondered the same thing. Standing on a horse really doesn't prove anything & in no way reflects the horses training.

So in lies the madness, the pursuit of the impossible in the face of the complete assurance that you will fail, and yet still you chase.
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