Dangerous Horses

I try not to watch all the little videos that pop up on YouTube after you finish watching a video. I might have to change my stance on this though.

There are times I want to talk about subjects but I struggle to figure out how to video the ‘mistakes’ being made….as I have no desire to make them myself. I guess that might be where I can look to YouTube for answers.

Take this video for example. My curiosity makes me wonder who uploaded it? It has no description…

Anyway. It is a great video of a horse who invades the handlers space. I remember when I was growing up that it was ‘normal’ for me to need to use my right elbow, braced on my horses shoulder as this ladies was less than 10 sec into the video, in an attempt to keep myself safe.

I didn’t know exactly what I was doing at the time. I don’t remember someone teaching me to put my elbow up like that. I think it was just a response after being run over at some point and the elbow became a ‘defense’, something to push my body out of the way instead of being run down.

This is one of the reasons that I challenge people now to learn to handle their horses at a distance. Can you keep your horse about 4 feet away from you and still be under control?

Anyone have any other crazy videos they want to share?


  1. Akka Voskuil on November 3, 2011 at 10:46 am

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J95LsygVMaQ&w=420&h=315%5D

    I was trying to embed it, looks like I did something wrong… here you go.

  2. Akka Voskuil on November 3, 2011 at 10:45 am


    In this case I´m on the side of the horse. Just goes to show that beating should only be a last resort, and even then it should be used carefully, you want to teach the horse something, not make it mad…

  3. Lyle Decaire on November 3, 2011 at 8:10 am

    A couple of years ago in early spring I had let our two horse into the lower paddock. There was still snow on the ground and boys were really frisky. I knew that I had to keep them well away from me and I had a horsemans stick with me. Bobby our Cleveland Bay came over to me. I kept him at arm and stick length away from me (about 8 feet) and he was facing me. The other horse went galloping by behind Bob. He squealed, wheeled and kicked out. I was standing beside a tree which was also shielding me but his hoof still clipped me and knocked me off my feet. There was no injury but I learned a valuable lesson about how fast a horse can move and the need for keeping your distance. Four feet is not always enough.

  4. Jan DeVos on November 2, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Oh my goodness! Always pay attention. Forget the guy with the camera. Never mind about getting your shoes muddy …… always pay attention to the horse and what the horse is paying attention to.

  5. Colleene McMurphy on November 2, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    I see a common problem in both videos: the handler is not watching the signals the horse is giving, they are focused on something else (like the person with the camera). If they had been watching the cues the horses showed agitation long before the blow-up and it could have been avoided if they were concentrating on the horse. I learned the hard way that it doesn’t matter if I think there is nothing to be afraid of if my horse sees a plastic bag (or a trailer, or another horse) as a danger.

  6. Carol Lewis Franklin on November 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    sorry, that post was for another video…..this one,,,Holy Crap, why would you pin yourself between the horse and a building

  7. Carol Lewis Franklin on November 2, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    where is her helmet !!!!!!!!

  8. Allison on November 2, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I saw this recently too and yes, youtube is addicting for both good and bad. Glad I know how to train my horse to stay away from me!

  9. sarah jane on November 2, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    dressage trainer in europe 🙁 … one female dressage rider is now riding western because she was in the news because she did hyperflexion… i can not understand why people let those train and ride their horses 🙁 it is just to sad

  10. Yrsa Iris (@YrsaIris) on November 2, 2011 at 6:30 am

    I saw the video yesterday, It made me feel weird, because shouting at a horse will not help.
    I guess it’s just the lack of knowledge there.
    The horse could have hurt her really bad.

    Again, lack of knowledge ):

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