I think the rider had no right to smack the horse AGAIN after SHE fell off!:shock::-(
I don't think it matters where this was taken. That is really bad sportsmanship, although I don't see it as particularly abusive it was not needed and did not acheive anything. In Australia, we have the same kind of rules. Abuse means elimination! And no the US is not any more strict than we are. We are quite strict too.I noticed that this was in Australia. Here, it would not be acceptable. USEA rules state that any kind of indecent abuse to your horse means the big E (elimination). Here, you can't smack your horse more than three times before a jump or after the horse has refused or you are eliminated and you sure as heck can't smack them after you fall.
Dunno what the rules are like over there, but seems like the US is a bit more strict on this kind of thing. Sorry, but these are the type of people who make whips and spurs look like torture devices rather than an extension of aids.
I agree. I wouldnt do that to my horse but i dont think it was abusive. She had a bad attitude and she should have calmed her horse but it is her way of doing that. ITs Childish but thats how she does it.Sorry, but I don't see this as being particularly abusive. Childish? Yes! Poor sportsmanship? Yes! Nonconstructive? Yes. An action meant to inflict pain? Not really. Her swats were not that hard and I don't think the horse looked that upset.