Originally Posted by jaydee
I'm pretty sure they werent trying to desensitise it to the whip - more likely its a horse that has a bad bucking habit and they are trying to get it bored with bucking by forcing it to buck until it eventually sees it as not a cool thing to do - Its a form of reverse psychology - I have seen it work but not to be recommended unless you can stick on because if you don't the horse sees it as a win for him and you're back to square one.
Exactly my point too! What the rider is 'feeling' and what people can 'see' are two entirely different things. Yes, the person videoing it might have been chuckling, but if you've been to enough and seen enough horses being ridden out like this nothing seems 'horrible' or 'terrible' anymore, it's the nature of being around horses long enough that you can identify some humor in it. This was child's play compared to some of the extreme cowboying I've witnessed.
For all we know that horse was a flipper and the rider would rather have had it go forward and buck then stand still and come over on him and split his skull open.....