What Do You See?

This social-media post was strictly intended to extol the “unsung heroes,” exercise riders, like this one who fell and was injured down in Florida. What I see, however, is an abused, subjugated – and scared – young animal, with said rider a party to that…

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  1. That training fork around the horse’s neck is also still attached to the girth, so, unless it -hopefully- came apart, the horse is still dragging that saddle and girth behind it. It also looks like it’s tangled between it’s hind legs, as the horse is panicking and running. What a horrifyingly scary situation for that horse!!

  2. Having galloped many horses in am we know only to well the crummy & poorly maintained equipment used by these supposedly horse people that endangered both horses & riders! The outrider of our now redeveloped track used to use hay baling string for part of his reins! Always disliked the neck strap use & ring bits. To prove a point we used to ride our young thoroughbred who was well taught to ride BEFORE being brought to our track in just a halter & lead.Sadly most of the horses are & were handled very roughly by incompetent people! at our track

  3. Being called an unsung hero sounds a lot better than being called a dumbass.
    If someone had double checked the tack beforehand and made sure the cinch was fastened securely, this incident would not have happened.
    The bigger picture is that forcing young and underdeveloped colts and fillies to run as fast as they can carrying the weight of a rider is extremely abusive and not horsemanship at all.

    • The rider pulled on the reins for a few split seconds in time before letting go of the reins. That’s over 100 pounds of human weight jerking on the horse’s mouth with those metal bits in his mouth. That had to be very painful besides scary for the horse!!!!!
      The rider would be a hero IF he cared about the horses enough to walk away from this egregiously abusive exploitation of horses. As long as he continues to partake in this abuse of horses, he is definitely not a hero.

  4. I see a whole industry, wrecked and on life support, that’s so ashamed by its hideous daily horrors that it relies on selectively marketing the visuals of its more benign “accidents” to the public.
    (Gosh, Mr. Aaron: You gonna post your photos of all the real training tragedies you witness? Document all horse and rider deaths for the world to see? Turn your lens on the floundering, suffering, fatally-injured victims of racing? Didn’t think so.)

  5. We live in a world of mediocrity. Anybody can get license these days and it all began back in the 70s. A trainer issued the following instructions to the boy : “Don’t let this filly get her head down or she will dump you.”

    Well, the exercise rider disregarded instructions and the filly made a fool out of him on the track dumped him twice. And, believe it or not this exercise rider galloped horses for a name stable. It all began when colleges thought that they could teach horsemanship. They turned grooms out at one college and they didn’t know how to rescue horses from a burning barn. Years later there was a fire where horses perished and one human nearly lost his life the person who saved him learned his skills at the track and not in a classroom.

  6. The pain in that poor horse’s mouth as she’s forced to carry 100 lbs of asshole hanging from a piece of metal on her sensitive gums, not to mention her terror as the tack twists around her body.
    Horsemanship at its finest, on display.

  7. I hope that more people become aware of what a cruel sport horseracing is and that they will quit attending.

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