Sunday, April 15, 2012

Please stop this insanity!

I don't know who thought up the idea that to have a really 'broke' horse you need to be able to stand up on him. 

Even when you are standing on your head. 
To me this gimmick is akin to playing crack the whip on roller skates behind a slow moving train. 
There is no good reason for it, there is gonna be a wreck and it sets a real bad example. 

Seems like everyone is doing it too. 
I say 

There may have been a good reason in war ( but I can't think of what it might have been.)

I guess if you like showing off it is a good way to be noticed. 
But when the horse sellers on Craigslist  just randomly stand up on a horse to show he's broke...
That's just false advertising.
I could probably stand up on Desi
or Rem
on a good day.
That don't make him broke. 

This is a broke horse. This is how a man should sit on a horse. 
Notice the horse is practically asleep, the reins are slack and the man is relaxed and probably smells good. 

Photo by Mary Williams Hyde
This is a horse that is broke. This pony is attentive, and respectful, the reins are slack and this little boy might smell like cookies ( or he might not). If he stood up on this pony his mamma would proll'y whoop his hide.

This is a broke horse. He is respectful and his reins are slack. It has taken years to get him to be this broke- and though she could  stand on him, she usually won't. 

So please please please, for the sake of all that is good and holy- 
Don't stand up on your horses!


Maia said...

Who in their right mind wants to stand up on a horse? Now about that guy on the white horse. You didn't mention that he also LOOKS GOOD. My, my where are there cowboys like him?

gtyyup said...

Here, here!!! And Amen~

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

lol!...You're so funny about the smelling good man and cookie scented boy. hehe!

Did you know that first photo was one that I shot from the America's Favorite Trail Horse Auditions last year? That gal is Ashley Tippets. She works for the Parelli's in Colorado and quite the adventurous type.
That moment sure made for a great photo op. But it didn't nab her a place in the TV show competition.

Where ever did you find that photo? A Google Image search?


BrownEyed Cowgirl said...

Oh, I don't know if it's all that bad. It's fun. When we was kids we used to stand up on our ponies butts and practice roman riding. We got really brave when we had a matched pair of POAs and spent hours practicing roman riding with one foot on each pony's butt. We also used to practice all kinds of flips and turns on them.

Wished I could still do half of that stuff. I still do as much of it as I can at random moments. Hopefully I never grow up so much that I can't enjoy doing a few silly things.

Lil Mama said...

I would like to point out, if you are going to stand on your horse. Check your tack. Remember when I was standing on Bob and when got down his bridal fell right off his head. YIKES!

Mikey said...

Lol, I get this. Yes, as a kid you have to try it, but as an adult, the only use I have found for this is out gathering cattle. Sometimes I'd like to stand on my horse to get a better view and maybe find the cows. But GOOD LUCK getting any of my horses to stand still for that while they know we're "hunting" cattle.
The smell good guy made lol :) That commercial was the best!

Stolpås Gård said...

Why should you have to stand on the horse? I would not do it, especially not on my own horse, he has been a trotting horse before I bought him and he still needs to be trained to stand still.

Lovely blog!

/ Sandra from Sweden