One of my (very non-horsey) co-workers came back from visiting the in-laws in Missouri with almost the exact same picture, except her child was a girl and the horse was tied up to a (not permenantly affixed to anything) corral panel with a regular knot. (ZOMG!!!!!!)
When the phrase "HOLY S***!!! What were you THINKING???" popped out of my mouth before my filter could shut it down, she haughtily informed me that *I* was overreacting, and that as a mother she KNEW when things were unsafe for her child and her child was PERFECTLY safe.
Found out later that the horse was a three year old Missouri fox trotter that had only had about 30 days under saddle at the time. Where's that fruitbat again???
edited to add:
I just noticed the missing girth in the original picture. LOL! At least my co-worker's horse had a GIRTH!!!
The ninja monkeys are plotting my demise as we speak....
Lol saw one the other day with a little girl bareback, she was about probably 4 on a horse that looked like it was trotting with nothing on it. Not o a lead, no reins, nothing. Of course kis had no helmet either.
Horses aren't our whole life, but makes our life whole
I didn't get past the child without a helmet sitting unattended on a horse tied to a tree to even notice the missing girth.
It is a terrible picture... but it's also photoshopped.
If you look closely you'll see the remainder of someone's leg by the horse's front legs, which means there IS indeed someone standing there. There also appears to be someone hiding behind the tree/post holding onto the lead rope.
So, in an attempt to show how "bombproof" their horse is, they just made themselves look even more stupid.
The cinch definitely is pretending to be a breastcollar, though.
lol takes me back to the time I dated this guy who thought he was a cowboy.... when I asked him if he wanted to go for a ride and then watched him attempt to saddle his horse... I couldnt do anything but bust out laughing....
Well, there is definitely someone standing on the other side of the horse (can see human jeans-covered legs on both sides of foreleg). ALMOST looks like someone's hands coming from the other side of the tree - but it DOES look like the lead is tied, and I can't determine whether the upper/right 'hand' is indeed a hand or a shadow or ??? in the sandpit. I don't think it's 'shopped, but everyone involved with this picture should go out shopping for a brain. Even one would help!