Beautiful; however, I hope riders, especially young riders don't try this at home. While its wonderful to have that kind of bond, doing what was done in this video takes lots of training - not just bonding. Too many people that get out and "play" with their horses in the pasture can find themselves in a sticky situation and could get hurt.
I thought the Andalusion also a bit agressive but lovely photography and brave girl.
Here is a perfectly trained beastie, no agression whatsover...or is it just trick videography?? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ljkQJdoYws
Riding is not a gentle hobby to be picked up and laid down. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and once it has done so he will have to accept that his life will be radically changed.
Personally I don't like it. I have handled several stallions, one of which was a nightmare in every sense of the word. At several points in the video he is herding her, making her move when HE wants her to. I'd hate to think what this horse is like to handle behind the scenes. I could be totally wrong of course, but certainly not for me
I'm inclined to disagree with the notion that the horse [stallion?] in the video is herding/dominating the girl with him. I think he's playing with her, which my stallion [as well as my previous stallion, who I had for many years] does with me, too, and though it's something that could be seriously dangerous without a TOTAL understanding of the horse concerned, with a naturally dominant horse, or if the play was ever allowed to get out of hand, personally I'd agree with the OP that these two look to be pretty "connected".
the horse is wearing a bridle, the trainer is carrying a whip - it's a circus act, and very easy manouvers at that. the horse is not being aggressive or 'dangerous', and would not be 'dangerous offstage'...he's not being 'allowed to be a horse', he's just doing tricks on command.
just going around here and there, and i'm sure he was started off in the right direction with a healthy smack on the tushie.
ok...fine...she's wearing some filmy thing and the lights are dramatic and it's not the usual...no, it does nothing for me. it's a circus act, and not a particularly skilled one at that. i'm sure some people like it, but 'freedom'? 'two souls bonding'? spare me.
if you believe that is all about "bonding souls" I got some nice moist real estate and a bridge for sale, today only, I'll give ya a special "just cuz u r u" discount. It's about special effects and FOOD.
Not really my cup of tea, and I don't see why everyone who owns a horse should watch it. My horse and I have a great bond too. She nickers when she sees me and I dispense sugar, but at least I don't put it on youtube.