This takes my breath away every time I see it (takes a long time to buffer but worth it if you're into horses). It's probably better without sound. It's a video of a girl who takes on problem horses and the way she deals with them. What I wouldn't give to have her seat and hands.
Meanwhile, judgement please:
Deliberate ramming, or stumble? I think if the horse really wanted to hurt the kid it would've kicked her head off the couple of times it looked like it was thinking about it before it bowled her over. To me it looks like it was heading towards butting her sideways with its head, but something weird happens with the near front leg (slips sideways) as it steps, then the off front rolls over and the rest is the horse trying to not fall over, and the kid's in the way. Either way, WTF letting a little kid come that close to getting her head stoved in WHILE TAKING A VIDEO? Some people should just not breed.
This dude gets his horse to piaffe at liberty.
This is one of my favourite arabian stallions:
I don't usually like Egyptians, their heads have gone beyond refined into funny-looking, but this horse just has Something.
Meanwhile, the horse on the left in this vid just looks deformed:
And this one is currently being spelled after attacking his trainer at the Scottsdale Arabian show and fracturing his skull:
Apparently some of the methods used to get Arabians to act like this in the ring:
are pretty harsh, including jerking and whipping them -to the point where shows have had to instigate rules disqualifying horses that show welts. I've also heard that it's been known to give cocaine to these stallions to hype them up. Apparently Scapa had been trained by one of these unscrupulous trainers in the past and this was his first show with a new trainer who'd been taken on to help him get over the abuse. The horse flipped out and the guy ended up in hospital. Such is the world of showing.
And this is what western pleasure showing has come to:
Yep, if you want to win your horse needs to move like it's on valium and about to fall on its face and yes, every single horse in that vid is wearing a fake tail.
Got that? Cocaine for arabs and valium for quarter horses. Better showing through chemistry!
Anyway, enough of that. The DEA makes me want to spit tacks:
"DEA Opens Target America Exhibit
The Drug Enforcement Administration’s traveling museum exhibit, Target America: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause, arrived in the Big Easy at the request of Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu. Installed at the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint Building, the 10,000-square-foot exhibit opened on March 3 and runs through November 24. Target America explores the science behind illegal drug addiction and the myriad costs of illegal drugs—to individuals, American society, and the world.
The exhibit provides an important look at how each visitor can work to break the cycle of drug abuse and drug-related violence. It also gives a look at the shadowy world of narco-terrorism and the connections between terrorists and drug traffickers. Despite the fact that the vast majority of Americans are not drug users, the costs to society – estimated at more than $180 billion a year – are paid by the public in many ways, including the cost of lost productivity of users at work, their health care, criminal justice costs, and child welfare costs."
Criminal justice costs? Child welfare costs? *gnng* Here, have a thing: How the War on Drugs gave birth to a permanent American undercaste. I read this the other day. It's not referenced but I'm pretty determined and I plan to find the research behind that article. And the DEA, of course, bills the public for the criminal justice and child welfare costs associated with War on Drugs and calls it a 'cost to society of drug use'. Complete with travelling roadshow!