When I saw the second video I felt so bad for that pony. What a nice little pony to "take one for the team" like that.
As for the idea/situation/etc... there is far too much for me to comment on, so i'll bring up these points...
I have witnessed a ranch i knew and had been to get shut down BECAUSE.... Grandpa and Daddy wanted to do something nice for their Daughter/Granddaughter on her birthday
DDD So they took her to a OMG PONY RIDE YAAAAY!! Mommy didnt know, because mommy said it wasn't safe for a 4 year old to be unattended on a horse. So Daddy and Grampy put this little fresh 4 year old on a horse and STRAP HER IN
DDD because its SAFER that way right?!! Thats why we have seat belts on motorcycles RIGHT?!! because we WANT to stay with the Motorcycle as it wrecks... RIGHT?!!! So.. happy girl bouncies on the fun little horsie until he gets spooked, bolts, saddle slips, she LITERALLY... gets her head caved in by the thundering back legs. The horse ran 1 1/2 miles all the way back to the barn with the little girl underneith him... bucking and striking underneith his belly trying to shake her loose... but THANK GOD SHE WAS WEARING A SEAT BELT... because if she wasn't she might have actually -LIVED-. the little girl died sometime in the 1 1/2 miles while the horse was running home. She had no back part of her skull left, and there was blood and... "matter" everywhere.. on the horse, trail, street, etc. Of course, no helmet in this situation either (not sure if they make one that small anyways). The ranch got shut down by the City of Los Angeles later that week. I remember when I went there I TOLD THEM what a dumb arse idea it was to use seatbelts, and they brushed me off.
Now, back on topic to this video (since i strayed off with my "wtf with the seatbelt rant)... Did any one else notice that the fence in the background is like.. easily demolishable by horse? They have 8 horses going in this tight little ring, and if one spooks it'll bash into the rest of it, run through that little toothpick fence, and right into... TRAFFIC
What a terrible idea, and what a terrible place. I feel very sorry for the horses... WTF put BITS in their mouths when the people who will be USING THEM have no clue how on earth to ride?!! These are people with no riding experience and are under no instruction, yet they get these reins put in their hands and go have a bloody ball.
Okokokok.. i'll stop now. Promise. thanks for sharing the videos Spyder/Lucara, It makes me glad that I teach people how to ride.. it'll be one less individual going to a place like that and making those horse's lives more misrable.