Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
That some people find nothing wrong with this is absolutely unreal to me.
99% of properly handled horses will never buck. These idiots did not BREAK this pony, unless you count the broken parts of his structure that will cause him problems at 10. Absolutely nothing these morons did in any size shape or form made this pony ANY more ready to be ridden by a child then he was before - matter fact, I will bet you any mount of cash you want they just made it TEN times worse to actually train him.
I get that small ponies sometimes need to be ridden by larger people to be trained, but it was ludicrous to me that anyone could say this was ok. A yearling is PERFECTLY capable of pulling an all out rodeo with a 200 pound man on him - let's go saddle up some yearlings shall we? I mean, obviously if they can pitch a fit that big, they're strong enough to handle it right?
I worked carnival ponies for 10 years, and every single time we had a young pony we were going to start using for rides, I would get on and ride for 5 minutes. After a lifetime of being handled, loved and leaned on, we did not ever have a single instance of any pony protesting to a saddle and little rider.
Anybody who thinks THAT is how you break a horse should not be allowed within sixty miles of a young green horse. That's how you screw them up for life, NOT how you train them to be safe for CHILDREN of all things.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.