01-01-2011, 04:16 PM
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My biggest concern is the children in the arena. At one point there was a little kid running loose not too far from the horse. The girl on the black pony walks by with her hands behind her back. If the horse did get away, both these children would not be in a good situation.
As far as the horse, I didn't see any abuse. If he is a champion like you said, he knows his job and he's just deciding he doesn't want to do it today. The owners body position is mostly neutral the entire time like everyone else mentioned. The most important part is that when the horse blows up, she doesn't blow up with him. Nothing about her body position seems tense or stressful to the horse. When the horse decides he is not going to respond to her cues (which she gives softly at first and increases till she 'whips' him) she gives him a swift correction that is appropriate. I never saw him get hit in the face.