03-02-2009, 12:45 PM
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You know, many things about this video just made me shake my head. I think what hit me the hardest was this:
The horse in the end of the video that fell over was down for a very good amount of time. I never, ever, saw his driver come up to see if he was ok. It just makes me sick to my stomach. Skippy! Fell over on me twice while we were cantering (he tripped) and I flat out REFUSED to let someone else hand walk him out and put him up. I wanted to make sure my horse, whom I loved very much, was OK after he fell doing an activity that -I- asked him to do. I see this happen at shows all the time when younger kids get bucked off or fall off. Someone else catches their horse while they run out of the arena screaming and red faced. I know its scary, but in situations like mine, and the one in this video, I really think that the horse would have liked the driver to come and support him.
I saw that the driver I was talking about was not hurt, that's why I got on my soap box about it. Its a completely different story if you literally -cant- be with your horse because of injury. But if your scared or banged up a little, you neen to understand your horse is just as scared, and in this case, probably more banged up and needs lovin the same way you do :)
I'll get off my soap box, promise :p
Otherwise... when I first started watching the video I thought "Wow, thank god they hav so many ring stuards, that's really smart!" then I started to think ".... the Ring Stuards and holding the driving horses... why are the drivers still in the cart? The horse has blinders on, surely it can't see anything very well, and it would be easy to crash into the ca--.. (as the first horse crashes into a cart)"
And I will do a lot of crazy things with horses... but I don't think I could ever man up to jumping infront of a cantering/galloping horse with blinders on. Without blinders... perhaps.. LOL
Great find Spyder! Thanks for posting!!