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My sentiments exactly!

Maybe not bomb proof, but it sure makes them look fairly idiot proof, since they have an idiot standing on their back!

I never really 'got it' either as a selling point. Just looks dangerous and stupid.
 

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When I see ads for horses and there's a picture of someone standing on the horse's back, I lose interest in the horse immediately.

I'm not planning on using my horse to stand on, so I don't see it as a selling point.
 

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LOL, I used to stand on my horses when I was a kid while trying to pretend to be a trick rider. I kept trying to get them to walk and they'd look at me like "freaking idiot, sit down and THEN I'll walk."

I don't understand it as a selling point though. I'd rather see a video of the horse loading calmly into a two horse straight load!
 

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People do it because it works. It's sad but if you go to a sale and the bidding slows down the person riding it will stand on the horses back and get two or three more bids. I used to sell a few horses every year at catalog horse sales and I taught my oldest son how to ride them in the ring and the last thing he would do is stand up on thier backs and we would get 2-300 dollars more because some fool thought it made the horse more broke. The fact is that the horse can't see you very well so they mostly don't know what you are doing anyway.
 

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i will occasionally do it for fun but i dont understand it as a selling point at all.... we have a few apple trees & scout will eat apples off & i will stand on his back & pick them high up the tree hah
 

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When I see ads for horses and there's a picture of someone standing on the horse's back, I lose interest in the horse immediately.

I'm not planning on using my horse to stand on, so I don't see it as a selling point.
^^agreed. To me it's a very negative selling point, because it tells me a bit about the type of people that have been working with this horse :lol:
 

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Show me a horse walking over a tarp, through water, with a plastic bag being shaken in his face. If he's quiet through all of that, I'm buying him!

Standing on the horse tells me exactly nothing, except that someone either has a good sense of balance or low common sense.
 

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That is one good point. I had never thought about that. hmm....I guess horse owners take pride in being able to show their horse tolerates a lot more than your average horse?

The only time I've ever questioned it is when you can definitely tell that the horse is really not impressed with them doing it, but they are tolerating it.
 

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I have a picture of me standing on my boy....I also stood up during a stop in a parade once to wow some little kids...it was a small local parade and im basically the only rider in it...the kids love seeing me do weird little things like that...but its more of me being trained then the horse...he just stands there. Im the one who has to work hard for balance lol

It just isnt a selling point...any horse that will stand still long enough can usually be stood upon....
 

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I don't see why it matters. If someone wants to stand on their horse, who cares? God forbid they have fun. :/
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For all of you getting your panties in a wad, I certainly don't care if you stand on your own horses. Whatever floats your boat is okay by me, as long as you're not abusing the animal.

I think using it as a selling technique is less than a stellar idea, because I have no intention of standing up on any of my horses, nor does it tell me anything of use. It's basically nothing more than a cheap card trick, as far as I'm concerned.
 

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I think using it as a selling technique is less than a stellar idea, because I have no intention of standing up on any of my horses, nor does it tell me anything of use. It's basically nothing more than a cheap card trick, as far as I'm concerned.
You right it's just a cheap trick. One of the reasons I quit selling horses that way is because I saw horses that I knew were not as good as mine but they were a pretty color or knew a few tricks and they were selling for quite a bit more. Now I set a price on a horse and if nobody wants to pay it then I keep the horse.
 

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Exactly, Kevin.

Anyone who would be impressed by a picture of someone standing on a horse is the same person who would buy for color or something equally as trivial, not the actual usefulness of the animal.

Some people are impressed only because of the flash and trash, nothing more.
 

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I, personally, do not stand on my horses. I do not see any purpose, nor how it would benefit myself or my horses. However, I see no reason to criticize others for doing so.
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I've gone to horse auctions where they do it all the time in the ring, or even worse they'll climb up the fence and jump on to the horse's back over and over. Grab their tails and have the horse drag them around while someone else is riding it around the ring. I feel sorry for horse more than anything.
 

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Sunny, as SR already tried to explain - we are not criticizing people for just standing on their horses in general - if you want to for fun, go right ahead. We are criticizing people who (whether this is what the OP meant or not) advertise a horse for sale and show a picture of them standing on their horse as if it's a desirable trait or something to be impressed by.
 

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SR might not criticize people for it, but I certainly do. A horses back is full of tendons and nerves, the spine, and spinous processes. The balance you have sitting on a horse is much more, plus if you are doing it right you are putting little to no pressure on the actual spine and ligaments. Now if you stand up on that same spine, you are putting the pressure of two feet directly over the spine and its tendons and processes. Unless you are a professional vaulter or something I am sure your balance does not permit you to stand perfectly balanced and as you wobble it puts even more uneven pressure on the spine.

I think it is childish and foolish and in complete disregard to the anatomy of the horses back and its overall well being. Which of course is why you see mostly people trying to push a horse through an auction as fast as they can doing it to impress people who probably themselves have not a clue or care to the anatomy of a horses back and its well being, it just looks cool.... And why you see a bunch of little teenagers doing it and then getting all huffy when reminded how dangerous and foolish it is, they are teenagers and "id iz soooooo kool 2 stand on ma poni!, iznt I teh awesom!"

Get huffy all you want.
 

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Honeysuga, I was just thinking about that same thing. How it confines the weight of the person to a smaller surface area...good point.
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