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Horrible Horsemanship in Movies?

What are your favorite instances of unintentional bad horsemanship in popular culture? I'm specifically talking about those instances where a character is portrayed as exceptional horseman/horsewoman. Take, for example, this clip compiled from Lord of the Ring: https://www.facebook.com/HORSE.TRIBU...4346648949299/

The protagonist releases the troubled horse from war service because he has seen too much already. Later on, when the injured hero is found by that same grateful horse and revived, he still has a halter on his face and now also a rope attached to it! Apparently, that's how he was set loose into retirement.
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I'm going to sub to this! I honestly can't think of something specifically off the top of my head right now.. but would like to see what others come up with. But I know I'm always cringing while watching movies and the tv watching people ride haha

I especially love it when the Fearless Leader characters are riding around holding on to the horn and reins as tight as possible, with toes shoved as far down as they'll go.

I do give the actors props though. It's a tough thing to learn, and I feel like they have to learn pretty quickly to even stay on and look semi competent to the average eye. (The all around bad actors don't really get a pass from me though!)
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Bad horsemanship in movies, 99.9% of it, only person that could ride decently in a movie, actually was a mini series, was the late Patrick Swayze in The North and the South. I miss that guy.
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Flicka, I hate watching her canter! Looks like she is jerking the horse's mouth with every stride.

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Bad horsemanship in movies, 99.9% of it, only person that could ride decently in a movie, actually was a mini series, was the late Patrick Swayze in The North and the South. I miss that guy.
Well, Patrick Swayze owned Arabians, so of course he could ride! That's my bias, LOL.


In Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart has this riding scene where she's going along bridleless and then you can see her hands jerking around obviously holding reins that have been removed by CGI.

What bugs me the most is when they trade horses several times in one scene, and the horse is wearing a bitless bridle and suddenly there is a bit in his mouth, then he has a blaze, then a star, but supposedly the same rider just rode the horse along a trail for five minutes.
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I get a chuckle when the movie star is about to mount the horse, there is always some creative filming to avoid watching the actual mount as I'm sure it is quite awkward.
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I also "like" when there is an obvious stunt rider... Haha main character takes off flapping their arms, kicking way to hard, and flopping all over... Pan out to horse and rider galloping flawlessly across the open plains or executing a world class jump.

Edit: Though I guess that's really no different than the action stars having stunt doubles who jump out of buildings for them... But still... makes me laugh

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Ok! I thought of something... sorry to post so much. It's not really bad horsemanship per se but still, involves a horse and a man.


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I had an early 1990's horse magazine with Patrick on the cover on his Arab, I should have kept it, dang it! He had an Arab ranch and he & his wife showed Arabs, and they had another ranch in Texas with quarter horses and a TWH, he liked to rope, if wife liked to trail ride. I am getting all teary eyed now.

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It wasn't bad horsemanship, but totally unrealistic. A tv show, can't remember the name. The plot was that there was a top racing horse which needed to be escorted in transit because some people wanted to kidnap it. One of the guys in the escort was portrayed as a tech nerd who's never seen a horse up close. Eventually, the nerd saves this fire breathing dragon-horse by mounting bareback inside the trailer and galloping away along the highway, into the woods, jumping over tall fences... still bareback.

After all was said and done, the owner offered the nerd lessons. Yeah, lady, that guy needs no lessons.

Also, who transports a horse with a bridle?
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