When the rider in your sale video causes the horse for sale to
-flip its head
-lose contact with the bit
-frequently flip its tail in annoyance
-have a lazy hind end
-do a half flying change because she didn’t prepare for it properly
And lets the horse
-not bend around her inside leg
-careen uncontrolled around jumps
-awkwardly jump because she’s too busy flapping at it to keep her legs on to encourage it over said jump (oh god, I just watched 2:31… oh fuck, it just got worse: 2:50)
Well, it may be time to find a new rider and shoot another video.
The flapping of the arms: At first I just thought she was repositioning the reins. Ok, it’s not the best way to do so, but she’s clearly an amateur rider [she writes, with her fingers crossed, hoping the rider isn't being paid to train the horse] and the ride is just getting going. But then, as the video goes on and she eventually gets the horse to canter (after several strides of digging her outside spur in to the horse’s side) you can see that flapping is habitual. You can also see that it goes hand in hand with broken wrists and very unsteady hands. No wonder the horse’s tail is just this side of constantly wringing.
The horse is cute! Why not get him a decent rider to show him off to his full potential? Because honestly, throughout the entire video my eye was drawn to the rider (uneven, jerky movement is distracting, what can I say?) and while there were certainly some nice moments with the horse – there could have been a helluva lot more.
ps. If you go to their website, advertised at the end of the video, and check out this horse’s sale page, he has an interesting white spot on his right wither – methinks an ill fitting saddle has been used on him previously and not just once… Aww hell, I’ll just post the pic here:
Photo from: CompleteEquine.com