Post it on YouTube, You Have to Expect Comments
September 15, 2011 § 52 Comments
My first question is this; if you post videos on YouTube, why do you get upset when people comment on the video? I mean, really, if you’re just posting for family and friends to see, you don’t have to make the video public! But no, you’re actually looking for views and comments, aren’t you? Except, of course, if the feedback is not necessarily favorable to you, right? Then you have a problem…
Take “baylenjax”, or Jenny as is her real name (http://www.youtube.com/user/baylenjax) for example. She posts a bunch of videos of herself lunging and riding her horse “Littlebit”, and then gets upset when people comment on her shitty training methods. Hmmm. Not only that, but she then deletes all the bad comments (leaving her with just a few comments in total). Again, why post the video publicly? Oh, right, you were looking for people to reinforce your utterly incorrect view of yourself as a fantastic trainer.
Just in case the videos get deleted (or, um, made private???) I’ve downloaded them. I always do that, just in case things disappear…
I especially love how she describes her “occupation” as “Babysitting or training horse(s)”
Here is the video which seemed to really get questioned:
And here are my notes on the video:
At 0:28 Jenny expects the Littlebit to follow her, and rewards her when she does. Then at 0:35 (seven seconds later) Jenny snaps the whip in Littlebits face because she’s following her. Her ‘reason’ was that the horse pinned her ears at her (according to her comments). I watched the video several times, and at no point did I see that horse pin her ears back. What I think she actually wanted was the horse to start lunging, and instead of actually giving the horse a command to do so, she snaps the whip to move the horse out. She even says “good girl”!
Up to 0:45 the horse is actually lunging fairly well (you know, for ten seconds). Then Jenny moves toward the front of the horse, causing the horse to stop and wheel around the other direction. Jenny praises her for it.
While the horse seems to want to change directions often, you can’t see Jenny, so it’s hard to tell why the horse wants to change direction.
Then at 1:00, after wheeling around again, and losing her footing a bit, Jenny decides this is unacceptable behavior, and chases Littlebit around like a crazy person, snapping the whip and slapping the ground with it. The enclosure is too small for this type of ‘discipline’. Especially when it’s for virtually nothing other than poor footing. Even if, as Jenny says, the horse tried kicking out – it looked more like ‘excess energy’ than ‘backtalk’ sort of behavior.
Every time I lunge my horse, when I ask for a canter, he puts his head down and does a few cow-hops. I realize this is his way of saying he’d prefer not to canter, but if he must, well fine. Every horse is different. He never does this when I’m riding him, only when lunging. So, really, what is the problem? At some point you just have to understand that your horse has thoughts and feelings, and accept those that don’t cause problems!
BTW Jenny, chasing a horse around an enclosed space, snapping a whip at it, is not “lunging” a horse.
The horse is dodging into corners, wheeling around, slipping and sliding, in a small enclosed space. But no, that’s not hard on her legs at all…
Then Jenny walks up to Littlebit, and wants her to follow (1:20). She does.
Then suddenly, just seconds later, Jenny wheels around, says “I didn’t say to follow me” and starts snapping the whip in the horses face. WTF?
At 1:50 she tells the horse “whoa”, and you can literally see the confusion… Littlebit stops, and for one second considers walking towards Jenny, then wheels around and faces away. No wonder!
While it’s not abuse, as some people were complaining, it is seriously shitty training. It’s also very difficult on the horse – since she’s wheeling around, switching directions, jumping into the corners, slipping and sliding everywhere. The owner is giving the horse mixed messages (‘come to me’ but then ‘get away’ when doing the same thing). As I was watching this first video, I was feeling very sorry for the horse. Not only does the owner not know how to handle a lunge whip, but the strain she is putting on that horses legs is something the horse will pay for later in life.
Another video, which I didn’t bother downloading, was of her riding Littlebit.
By the way, little girl, you’re not supposed to hold onto the horn while trotting. I’m not sure who trained you, but…
And wow… really? You don’t see what’s wrong here???
Come on folks. Let me know your thoughts as to what would make this horse repeatedly swing its head back and forth like this, while trotting! I know what I’m thinking.
Bucked Off – Pain
And so, you got bucked off yesterday, then today get back on the horse and say you can’t ride her hard because she’s limping and might be hurt… but that’s ok.. throw your 200 pound ass on top of her and trot. Yeah. That’s good.
And yeah, after the horse, who they assume is in pain – and Jenny is trotting and now cantering round, – bucks her off, the kid/videographer says “that frickin’ horse”. Because yeah, it’s the horses fault.
And PS: why do the horses have shoes on all four? I mean, these horses don’t seem to get ridden much, and I’m not seeing any showing going on… WTF is up with that?
Why this Video?
I’m sure you’re wondering why I would ‘attack’ this girl. After all, she’s not really abusing Littlebit! Right?
But I will say this. Where do you think that horse will end up when it becomes permanently lame? Where do you think that horse will end up when Jenny decides Littlebit is “aggressive” or “untrainable” or “incorrigible”?