I rarely post on threads like these, but I feel the need to do so today.
I see a heavy handed person in the video. I see him yanking the horses mouth. Do I think all reiner's ride like this guy, NO! Do I think this guy is an idiot, depends on if he yanks this horses mouth all the time at this degree of force.
This is like any other equestrian sport. There is the good, the bad, and the ****ed ugly. It happens everywhere. I hope if he left marks in that horse's mouth that they threw him out on his ear. I hope the warm up that I saw on youtube with the chick doing the yank and crank on her jumpers mouth got tossed like an old shoe. I hope the jockey with the heavy crop hand got his butt kicked. I hope the idiot in the back yard cracking her ponies jaw while jumping a 55 gallon drum got tossed off the saintly pony.
I hope those who deal with horses in a manner I personally find distasteful suffer like their horses do. But the bottom line to me is the one word, PERSONAL. It's my personal opinion expressed on a public forum.
We can all agree to disagree and keep posting, or leave in a huff. This forum has lost some really knowledgeable people, since I joined, over stupid stuff like this. I miss reading a lot of peoples ideas, opinions, and knowledgeable posts. I'd hate to see even more go because we all get a little heated sometimes.
There is a post from yesterday, well actually several over the last few days, that I started and then deleted because I knew I couldn't keep my posts helpful and constructive.
I do love to see a good debate though. Check out the hoof section. There are several people with very different ideals there. So far, I have learned a lot from them. And for the most part they keep debating and teaching me all the while.
This thread has shown me that while I might consider this video questionable, obviously, some do not. So I went searching for answers. I HOPE some other folks did too.
I'll say this, reining horses are some AWESOMELY trained animals. If I could spin like that I'd be a world class ballerina!
I miss you Rascal. Every day, all day.