7 misconceptions about horses in moviesIngrid
Galloping on the beach, riding bareback, covering kilometers in a few seconds…
So many typical movie scenes that hide a very different reality: a ride on the beach can quickly turn into a nightmare if your horse is in bad mood. Here is an overview of the worst ideas seen in movies.
1. Horses are always harnessed and ready to gallop
You know this scene by heart: the hero is being chased by a bad guy and: Wow! He comes across a fully tacked up and ready to go horse. You might as well say that this has never happened to you while hacking in the forest, and neither less to say it takes you 20 minutes just to get Little Thunder out of his meadow on a day to day basis.
2. The gallops on the beach are moments of pure happiness
Not always, personally my last fairytale ride on the beach ended with a rider down, a horse to catch, and blisters on each hand from trying to hold back my own horse who also wanted a ride without a rider.
3. Riding bareback, what a pleasure!
If you hear someone say that they probably don’t ride bareback a high wither thoroughbred or bouncy as hell warmblood or they are most likely lying. The reality is quite different, it is enough for Little Thunder to have a slightly protruding spine and the pleasure quickly turns into torture. Come on, good luck!
4. Purebred Spanish & Friesian, everywhere, all the time
Yes, even in historical movies. We’re not saying it’s impossible, but it’s sometimes quite unlikely. And if the beauty and handling of horses from these two breeds make them ideal candidates for the cinema, you, as a history buff rider, get a retinal ache when watching some movies. And honestly, so do we!
5. Your horse is your best friend
6. The tireless mount that gallops for hours and hours
Directors tend to (really) speed up travel scenes in movies and extremely long distances will seem much shorter. And thankfully for the poor horses. In the wild, horses are trotting to travel and galop to escape predators. They don’t galop for 4h non stop.
7. When you whistle, Little Thunder comes
An option that Little Thunder unfortunately did not come with! To get him out of his pasture you need a bucket of pellets, patience, a hidden halter, and fingers crossed that he will be in a good mood.
Disclaimer: this article is for entertainment purposes only with a touch of humour and sarcasm.
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