Good guy, prince in sweden. Bu.
:( i have a few friends that played polo for their schools, and they put a ton of effort into taking care of and exercising the horses properly outside of matches so i’m not condemning the whole sport or anything but this sort of thing has just got to stop :(
i know there are all sorts of arguments out there for why they need all the gear on the horse’s faces but honestly, if you compare the above photo to what polo tack used to look like?
just a pelham and a standing martingale! there was probably a lot more emphasis on good riding in the sport back then - there would have to be, or people would (and did) get seriously hurt. i know that half of the people on one of my friend’s teams were not even horseback riders outside of polo… seems to me that learning to be a good and soft rider should come first, and polo should come second (and i’m sure that that’s how it is for many teams but you can’t argue that there aren’t a few serious problems in the above photo). you can love a sport while still acknowledging that it needs a bit of an overhaul, after all.
This is a good bit of information.
I’m not calling for an end to polo, eventing, racing, speed events, or any kind of horse sport, but I think we can all agree that the horse’s welfare needs to come before anyone’s entertainment.
Tips from Denny Emerson on how to handle a refusal on cross country. Applicable to any jumping discipline really.
Love this. I see so many people start trying to beat their horse over the jump and it’s just not nice.
Calioscopio proving he can derp with the best of them. :P
You know what I don’t get about the majority of tumblr equestrians? How a horse opening it’s mouth is automatically ‘derping’ and no one even considers whether the horse is in pain. It is extremely annoying. Horses don’t derp. Horses react to pain and or stimulus, by opening their mouths/throwing their heads etc. I repeat, horses. do. not. derp.
That’s a human attribute thrown at an animal. That’s called anthropomorphising. No. Humans have human attributes. Stop forcing these attributes on animals which do not know the concept of ‘derping’.
I honestly think anyone who owns a pure Friesian is undeniably lucky.
I’d never be able to ride one because I’m so short and they are being bred taller and taller :(