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post #11 of 53 Old 05-13-2017, 05:40 AM
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I always thought John Wayne rode quite nicely.
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Jaime Foxx in Django did a very good job for someone with only four years of riding experience. The scene when he is galloping bareback is quite breathtaking.
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A friend of mine is a wrangler and animal trainer for Hollywood. On several occasions she's had to give riding lessons to actors who had never ridden prior to filming a movie that required them to ride! Can you imagine teaching a green rider to sit a Friesian that's been trained to rear? Sure, it's just one thing, but still - scary for the newbie.

As for good riders - Kurt Russell is quite the horseman, too.

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Julia Roberts in runaway bride showed off her riding skills nicely!
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Lord of the Rings is full of it. For example Orlando Bloom as Legolas the elf who was so magically attuned to animals that he rode without a saddle or bridle (they cut that part of the book out of the film...), barely staying aboard. Looks worse because he is always next to Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) who really can ride. Bloom is usually mounted on a dead broke "I'll carry anything without complaining" gray gelding, while Mortensen is on a dressage trained Dutch Warmblood stallion named Uraeus (whom he bought after the film was done).

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Some very cool, interesting facts. I have a pet peeve when there is bad horsemanship in movies. It drives me crazy when they jerk on the horse's faces so much. I just finished watching the Hatfield & McCoy mini-series....not a bad show, but I felt so sorry for those horses' mouths.

The Horse Whisperer drives me crazy. They have so many horses playing Pilgrim...in the video she is watching the horse is not even close to being the same horse.

I thought in Django that Jaime Foxx used his own horse in the film? I thought I read that somewhere....
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I strongly recommend it for anyone who enjoys both horses and movies! Written by Robert Mitchum's daughter. Need to get me a black cape and mask...
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...It drives me crazy when they jerk on the horse's faces so much...I felt so sorry for those horses' mouths....
I don't remember the actor's name, but he grew up on a ranch. On a movie, the director told him to stop his horse. He did. The director got upset.

"Not like that! I need some ACTION! Work the horse's mouth - I want to see some BIG EYES and FROTH!"

The actor told the director to go to hell.

Later, when he saw the movie...it showed him giving a light cue. The horse stopped. Then a close-up of the horse's mouth, wide open, foam, being jerked back and forth. Then him, sitting on his quiet horse. The director simply got another person to abuse the horse and spliced in the close-up.

The actor never worked for the director again. Wish I could remember the names...
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The simplest of things. Invariably, when the actors dismount they will simply drape either the reins or - if we're lucky - a lead rope over a tree limb, or maybe just loop it around the limb one time without tying a knot.
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I thought in Django that Jaime Foxx used his own horse in the film? I thought I read that somewhere....
Yes, he did in most scenes. The gallop, however, was on a different horse (a lovely palomino, if I'm not mistaken).

I can tell you that I have been riding for four years as well, and I most definitely cannot gallop my or anyone else's horse without any tack :)

And scrambling on bareback looks nothing like mr. Foxx's cool mounting.
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