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Lippizan Stallions on PBS 5/1

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  • #21
    I agree with others that the show was nice to see but cheesy in parts. When they showed the yearlings running in the field, why did they all have a square shaved patch in the middle of their backs?

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    • #22
      I'm guessing that was the first of their brands, or one of them, each carries 3 IIRC.
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      • #23
        Originally posted by TBPONY View Post
        I agree with others that the show was nice to see but cheesy in parts. When they showed the yearlings running in the field, why did they all have a square shaved patch in the middle of their backs?
        They were just branded
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        • #24
          If anybody missed it, you can watch it online here: http://video.kera.org/video/2364999318

          I just watched and enjoyed, lots of beautiful scenery and some interesting history!
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          • #25
            I am watching it with my son as I type this. Yes, there are some cheesy moments (you can't have artistic license without it, can you? HA!), but a 6-year-old doesn't realize that. He is mesmerized!

            "Momma, when I'm grown I'll still be riding, and I'll ride THOSE horses."

            Really, this is a program that's been well-done and put together. I'm glad they did it! (we're just to the foaling...but so many do that bait-and-switch. Not everyone will catch it. It's dumb, but it's nothing unusual)
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            • #26
              Thanks Bearcat and Kryswyn for confirming that the patches on the yearlings were from brands!

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              • #27
                Beautiful, really neat horses. I was one of those disappointed to see the tight side reins, though. The comparison of the mare on the longe line (her side reins weren't nearly so tight) to the stallions in Vienna was striking to me.
                I don't know anything about teaching a horse to do the airs above the ground, but my own impression was that the tight side reins were getting in the way, and the horses were performing in spite of the side reins, rather than getting support from them.

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                • #28
                  Originally posted by Fillabeana View Post
                  Beautiful, really neat horses. I was one of those disappointed to see the tight side reins, though. The comparison of the mare on the longe line (her side reins weren't nearly so tight) to the stallions in Vienna was striking to me.
                  I don't know anything about teaching a horse to do the airs above the ground, but my own impression was that the tight side reins were getting in the way, and the horses were performing in spite of the side reins, rather than getting support from them.
                  I haven't had the chance to sit down and watch the whole thing UNINTERRUPTED but I was a bit disconcerted at the force with which the trainer was hitting the hind legs of the horse in the capriole. You could hear the thwack.
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                  • #29
                    I agree about parts of it being cheesy but the visuals were gorgeous! Very wonderful to see more close ups of their methods.
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                    • #30
                      Originally posted by carolprudm View Post
                      I haven't had the chance to sit down and watch the whole thing UNINTERRUPTED but I was a bit disconcerted at the force with which the trainer was hitting the hind legs of the horse in the capriole. You could hear the thwack.
                      The trainer never hits the horse. I thought the same thing at first. There is one more shot towards the end from a different angle. The trainer never touches the horse with the whip, but makes a loud CRACK, right behind the hind legs. It certainly has the desired effect! I am sure at some point for the horse it is part of the routine and in unnecessary but it makes for nice showmanship. I am sure I will get flamed for that last remark too.

                      Anyway, I thought it was well done and the cinematography was beautiful. It was a real treat to see the breeding farm and watch the mares and young stock work. The mare under saddle was stunning! I was interested in the tack as well and how they tied up the ROUND stirrups. The saddles are unusual and it was nice to see some close ups of them. I really enjoys the slow motion HD of the Airs, without stirrups too boot! That guy had a helluva grip with his legs! ;-) And the landing looked pretty hard for the rider too.

                      I was surprised to see girls responsible for breaking in the young stallions as the SRS is so traditionally male up until the last couple of years.

                      Overall I thought it was well done, despite the mare and foal switch.
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                      • #31
                        Another person here who didn't notice the foal switch (other than his coat color).

                        I watched the program with 3 non-horsey friends of both sexes and was really kept on my toes answering questions! Did my best -- now looking for a good book to further their horsey education! They asked all sorts of interesting and interested questions ... except during the "Live Cover" scene -- during which the room went strangely silent!
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