Right up untill the last comment on the video I thought it might be kind of educational. When he starts talking about how the horse is beaten incessantly and cruelly that's kind of when I tuned out. Without a doubt the people in the video were abusing thier horses and should have a whip taken to them. It is not the norm from what I have seen (this video was from Russia so it may be different) and would not be tollerated around here regardless of the discipline. If I had seen the man on the black horse riding around me we would soon find out who could hit the hardest because I would drag him off his horse and discuss proper riding techniques.