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Video Day Friday: “Horse and Rider” Documentary – Understanding the animal…(which one?)

There are so many free resources available online these days that I thought it might be interesting to regularly post videos that catch my attention. It would be great to read your comments on content and perhaps discuss your views if you have a moment 🙂

Today, I would like to share with you a video documentary (50:27 long) titled: “Horse and Rider”

Description of the video: “Every relationship between horse and rider rests on a few fundamental principles — understanding the animal, building trust, communication and working in unison.”

Overall, I would say it makes for a fairly good watch as far as cutting and polo goes. I am generally not a fan of the latter but felt that if I didn’t have negative experiences connected with that sport, the material shown would have me intrigued about the training process.
I really enjoyed watching the cutting horses work and something said during the video stayed with me. The rider presenting described cutting as a sport in which the horse is allowed and encouraged to think and solve problems (as it cuts the cattle).

This amazing focus of the horse on the movement of the cow reminds me the passion with which Bull Fighting is regarded in Portugal. The best bullfighting horses are extraordinary ones and cutting seems like a much nicer version of that intensity with no pointless torturing of an animal in the process.
I was, however, puzzled by the portrayal of dressage training. For one, the makers of the documentary chose to show abusive methods in piaffe training. It was pretty disturbing to watch especially as the commentary is completely mismatched with what is actually happening on the screen.

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