This photo is from the website of a model horse stable (which is a whole other post in and of itself – talk about wackadoodle!) wherein they “raise”, “breed” and show (no quotes there, they actually have live, in person competitions!) model horses.
How disturbing is it that this sight is so prolific within the Arabian halter competition world that they would make a figurine of it? Especially considering the horses are supposed to look more like this:
Did you know that in Arabian Halter classes they are first, and foremost, judged on “type” which, in this instance, means whether or not they look like an Arabian. Sorry, let us get this straight: The horse is being judged on whether or not it looks like it’s breed? TO WHAT PURPOSE?! And how is it that conformation is the second judging criterion? Apparently the stance of the real Arab (above; yes we really did feel the need to clarify that) is considered correct and that is how it is judged. Yeah, that looks natural. Would you like to know why Arabian’s are stereotyped as being neurotic? It’s because of these shows and so-called “trainers”! Would you like to know the shortcut for getting their heads up in the clouds like that? Why yes! It is yanking on the chain when the horse has done nothing wrong! Of course they’re going to fling their head in the air – they’re trying to get away from the handler! And they damn well better keep their heads up there too, lest they want to be shanked every 5 seconds.
Speaking of halter training…
Starting at 0:44 does it not look like the horse is totally rocking his weight backwards – as far from the “trainer” as possible? Probably too scared of having his head ripped off should he actually move his feet. At about 1:15 it looks like he’s about to his the horse’s left shoulder with the whip but then the video mysteriously cuts away… hmmm we wonder why they did that… And then of course, the pièce de résistance: at 1:40 we have the self proclaimed “halter trainer” aggressively lunging at the horse, feigning like he’s a crazed nun preparing to beat the devil out a homosexual. Then there’s more head jerking and whip flicking (hard to tell if he’s actually hitting the horse or not so we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt) both of which are characteristic of good (and here we’re using the term “good” based on a sliding scale – compared to others, this guy ain’t bad) Arabian halter trainers. But hey, if you’re wondering how serious he is about being a trainer, check out his other video on youtube:
We’re sorry, we know people have personal lives and we shouldn’t judge but we just can’t take anyone who plays WOW seriously. By the way, if you do go to his youtube channel, don’t bother with the third video. Apparently it’s a power point presentation on animal cruelty – it’s literally just pictures of abused animals. There’s no information and no point to watching it – unless you want to cry. Then go for it.
Does it not look like the handler of the model horse is about to beat it over the head with that whip?
PS. This is by no means our “in depth” Arabian halter post and as such we reserve the right to pick up this topic again – possibly soon!