I remember this scene from the original saddle club where Lisa is lunging (longing? sorry guys, that's on the list of words I can never remember how to spell!!) a supposedly "vicious" horse and she yells "Canter, Storm! Canter!" and he breaks from a canter to a trot, and is told "Good boy!" That cracked me up as a kid! Actually, a lot of Saddle Club scenes gave me a similar reaction! I also love how a grey horse can magically go from dappled to fleabitten in the same jumping scene.
I hate to say this but there's a thread on here about a French movie, Jappeloup, the Olympic horse, and Gol dang but if they don't have him rear and whinny in one scene in one of the trailers. Where he's had a stop and is being obstinate. I don't even have to take off my shoes to count the number of times I've sat a horse that whinnied under saddle. Or made any other of the snorting and blowing sound effects, I've sat plenty of snorters and blowers and they don't sound like that.
YES, whinnie all the time. That drives me insane! My husband even knows it is all fake. I ask when I hear one, just who is this horse talking to, and for what purpose? grrr.
Also hate when the rider takes the very very loose reins and wants the horsie to go, they slap the reins up and down. ha ha. May work on a horse in front of a buggy, but not under saddle. Maybe with all the actors riding cantering and galloping horses their elbows flap, so a non-horse person would think that makes the horse go faster and keeps it going. ha ha
I have seen some really dumb video games recently with horses in it. Geesh!
They do an awful lot of pawing too. Not the type of pawing MY horses do, which means "you are moving too slowly with the wheelbarrow of hay", but the "I am a wild and misunderstood beast" type. I guess it's more of a foot (hoof) STOMP.
It's the type of behavior a wild or seriously damaged horse does right before the central character achieves magical rapport, at which point it is replaced by the Whicker of Undying Love.
Shall I tell you what I find beautiful about you? You are at your very best when things are worst.
Oh my gosh. I've been reading the book series that Game of Thrones is based on (no spoilers, I promise). I just read a baffling scene in the most recent book: A group of people gets snowbound. But there are a couple people who come prepared for the winter snows and they have brought - get this - snowshoes for their horses. Unfortunately, none the other horses will tolerate wearing them, either refusing to move or trying to shake them off. One of them even breaks a leg while trying to walk in them.
I had a good laugh while trying to visualize this playing out.
Anyone remember "Casey's Shadow"? They made a few classic mistakes, but I love that there were consequences for running a young horse too soon. Plus, consequences for pushing a racehorse too fast. You never see that in horse movies.
Don't forget, after the cliched rearing horse scene, your nonhorsey companion watching with you will say to you, "You know how they get them to do that? They show them a snake and it makes them rear." After punching them in face, I like to regale them with tales of my youth, summer camps in the pouring rain, riding bareback, a large group of us surrounding a snake and watching it make its way to the pond, the horses not possibly caring less.
This isn't so much what the horses do as the people --- they put western bridles on horses being ridden hunt seat! And of course, all the people who can't ride at all who are bouncing everywhere, rein hand held at shoulder height, etc. And didn't one of the Disney animated movies have the horse's footprints facing the wrong way?
Or, just turn them loose to graze. Sure, you'll catch them in the morning when you want to saddle up again. I'm not sure that's how it used to work, but I wasn't alive back then so I don't know. Maybe.
In college I went on a week-long horsepacking trip in Koskiusko National Park in Australia (Snowy River country). The group was about 15 total, including riding horses and pack horses, and every night when we made camp, the guides took all the tack off and turned them loose for the night in the middle of the wilderness. The horses had a nice roll and galloped off in a herd. Seeing our shocked looks, the guides said, don't worry, they'll be back in the morning for their grain. Sure enough, we woke up the next day, and there they all were! We were completely gobsmacked