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  • That pony pic on Facebook ...

    With the little kid on the pony, there the kid is scared witless...

    It seems like I"m the only one who noticed the kid's left foot


  • #2
    That's an accident waiting to happen. Yikes!
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    • #3
      I have pictures of me jumping that look exactly like that (facially). I wouldn't necessarily say that's a scared look just from that split second shot.

      Looking closely, he has one metal iron and one plastic one, and the RIGHT leg appears to be tied to the leather with a piece of string. That I don't like, but unless it's really really strong string my guess is it would break under pressure and it is done in some places. The left foot is shoved home in the stirrup but doesn't appear to be "through" to my eye.

      There are other pictures of this kid and pony floating around. They look fine.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by deltawave View Post
        I have pictures of me jumping that look exactly like that (facially). I wouldn't necessarily say that's a scared look just from that split second shot.

        Looking closely, he has one metal iron and one plastic one, and the RIGHT leg appears to be tied to the leather with a piece of string.
        I thought so too at first so I went WTF and looked closer, and I'm pretty sure it's just a reflection of the color on the poles off the shiny part of the iron.
        Michael: Seems the people who burned me want me for a job.
        Sam: A job? Does it pay?
        Michael: Nah, it's more of a "we'll kill you if you don't do it" type of thing.
        Sam: Oh. I've never liked those.


        • Original Poster

          ah - yes I see - his little foot is just downward pointing, it hasn't actually slipped through the iron, right ? That makes me feel better I'd be happier if he was in safety stirrups, I think. Neat pony, and I bet he's a great little rider - I still make this same face, frequently - whenever I forget to close my eyes, in fact.


          • #6
            The difference between men and women. I see no fear in this kid's face. I see a kid hooking for home and having the same expression as the pony. "Let's go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"



            • #7
              Are you calling me a man?
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              • #8
                There are times, delta.... There are times....


                • #9
                  Forget the kid - how freakin adorable is that pony!?!?!


                  • #10
                    The pony is to die for, love him.

                    At first I was agreeing with the thought that is is a scared look, but actually if you cover up his mouth, there is nothing in the set of his face or the expression in his eyes that says fear.
                    I'm not sure if I grew out of stupid or ran out of brave.

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                    • #11
                      I had to study micro expressions with part of my training. I am no expert but I have to say it is more determination and undulation than fear on this kid's face. Look at his eyes. Also the pony is precious and enjoying it too.

                      They are a determined pair that is for sure. Can you imagine how well this kid will ride when older. Maybe we will see him at the Olympics! ra ra


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by RAyers View Post
                        The difference between men and women. I see no fear in this kid's face. I see a kid hooking for home and having the same expression as the pony. "Let's go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"


                        I don't see scared either...I see catching his breath with his mouth open!

                        His hands are soft on the reins...body looks open and relaxed....NOTHING in his position really indicates fear. Needs more weight in his heels...but not unusual for a kid at all.

                        Now if he was white knuckled and curling up....I'd be concerned
                        ** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Barn Diva View Post
                          I am no expert but I have to say it is more determination and undulation than fear on this kid's face.

                          Weird that he has two different stirrups. Is there a competition that allows a kid to tie his stirrup leather to his leg? I think para equestrians can alter tack but is it allowed in regular competitions?


                          • #14
                            As someone who is a master of having bizarre facial expressions captured in photos (I usually look like I'm having a seizure), I feel for the kid.
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                            • #15
                              I didn't know undulating was an emotion. A good description of my general appearance in dressage, maybe . . .
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                              • #16
                                Hey Deltawave I resemble that remark!
                                I'm not sure if I grew out of stupid or ran out of brave.

                                Practicing Member of the Not too Klassy for Boxed Wine Clique


                                • #17
                                  I think the kid is super cute. I have a similar expression in half of my old jumping pics. In the other half I look like a fish.


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by rothmpp View Post
                                    Forget the kid - how freakin adorable is that pony!?!?!

                                    THIS! I would SO back up my trailer . . .
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