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!