Many of you have written to talk about your much loved fugly horses. Fugly they may be, but most of them earned their good homes through having good personalities. They were sweet and amenable to training or they were babysitters who packed your child around and were worth their weight in gold. If a horse is both fugly and ill-trained, it is almost a sure thing that his eventual end will be the slaughterhouse. I am always asked what you, as an individual horse owner, can do to make things better for horses. Well, one thing you can do is do your part every day to create a horse who is likeable and cooperative, and who would have a great chance of finding another caring home if something catastrophic happened to you and you could not care for him any longer.
See, when I look at pictures like these, I don't see an amazing and magical partnership between horse and rider. I see a dumbass trying to qualify for a Darwin Award.
Here's another post.
I think the guy can ride, and some of what he says, he's right about. But what he forgets - what MANY of these people forget - is that they have an entire foundation of knowledge they use every time they are around a horse. They have good instincts. They nip bad behavior in the bud with body language and voice. That's why they can put on these performances. Suzy Backyard Horseowner is not going to be able to do this. She is just going to get hurt, or killed, and the horse will be heading nowhere good.