Since most of the bad horsemanship in movies has already been mentioned, I just wanted to add something that always drives me crazy!
It's a really common theme in horse movies or tv shows. A protagonist that's never been around horses or ridden before suddenly calms this wild horse and expertly rides it away into the sunset. They make it seem like riding horse is so easy and that you don't need any experience to become a good rider. And then the people watching it suddenly think they know all about horses
Whenever we watch a movie that has horses in it, I almost always have to drop a few comments about the incorrectness of the movie to my family
I can think of one specific example: Heartland. I used to watch the show all the time before I was able to get my own horse (and still do on occasion for old times sake). I think many of the actors do know how to ride since they have their own horses, but there are so
many instances where a horse and rider have a problem until it climaxes and the rider's about the give up, so they stop the horse, tell it a few words, and magically the horse transforms and they don't have another problem. You can literally see the horse going from scared or angry until the rider whispers in its ear how much they need it, and then the ears perk up, eyes go soft, they almost always throw in a horse noise of some sort...I bet there was someone holding treats behind the camera haha. I know words can be calming to horses and the rider relaxing helps too, but I think you all know what I mean. There's such a dramatic change from the horse before and after the rider telling it, "I'm sorry, I need your help, Will you forgive me," etc.
And I've never found a horse to be as vocal as the ones in movies and TV shows. Nickering, snorting, neighing...constantly. I don't think I can remember a time where a horse didn't rear or spook without letting loose a loud whinny on screen.
Ha, I found the perfect example. Just watch the first minute of the clip from Heartland below:
Heartland is probably still my favorite horse show. I think it's very well done for the most part and was actually what inspired me to do liberty in the first place. I also like that they show that there are struggles in horsemanship sometimes. Aside from a few cheesy moments, I think it's an excellent show to watch! I just want to make sure it didn't sound like I disliked it, because that's not true at all!
So yeah, that was my mini rant. I had to let it all out!