Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj
My concern with this is the very real, potential and probable damage to the pony. This is obviously more of a miniature breed, and the enormous beating his spine and joints are taking makes me cringe. Ponies are tough, but ones this small simply are in NO way built to be taking 150+ pounds slamming on their backs.
Videos like this remind me of the very infamous passage in Black Beauty where John gets very rightly outraged by the mention of "ignorance". Maybe this isn't as delibrately intentful as whipping a tied horse, but the potential for damage both mentally AND physically is JUST as high, if not higher.
Sometimes I feel we need to ignore "intentions" and focus on the level of suffering the animal is enduring - I don't think it makes it any more right to cripple and torture an animal just because you "didn't know any better". It's still abuse and the horse certainly doesn't differentiate between intention and ignorance.
I can understand what you are saying..... but that pony didn't have any problems jumping around and bucking with that guy! :)
And he really looks like a smaller man.... I doubt he's 150 + lbs. I totally agree it should have been handled differently, but at least he didn't
beat the little thing.
Maybe they don't have access to a small female adult to get on the pony. I just don't think the video deserves that much criticism.... there are way worse things happening out there.