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… but they sure ain’t here!
We’re back to craigslist for this one. The pictures there made us cringe, but the Youtube video took things to a whole new level. This is one tolerant little mare!
The video’s a little long, so we’ll point you to the really good spots. 4:36 is where they load her in the bed of a pickup truck and then drive a short ways. At 5:21 they lead her up the front steps and into the house (we kept expecting to see her crash through the wooden patio!), and then at 7:39 the child endangerment starts. What CL horse ad would be complete without it?
We’re having a hard time deciding which part was our (least) favorite – the one child almost hauling the horse over in it’s attempt to get on; the 3 kids riding at once, with the heaviest on her kidneys; or the two little toddlers siting helmetless in the saddle while the oldest clings like a monkey to her neck. Usually standing up in the saddle to take a flying leap would be a highlight, but in this case it doesn’t make our top three!
How is the fact that they managed to drag that poor horse onto the bed of a truck a selling point? First of all, who would even consider that to be a viable mode of transportation? No access to a trailer? Well, we’ll just throw her in the back of a pickup… yeah, that’ll happen. Most people, at least most with firing synapses, wouldn’t want to risk damaging their $50,000+ truck by putting a horse on it. Not sure insurance would cover that one… Of course, we’re not even mentioning the obviously insane risk to the poor animal. These people clearly couldn’t care less about the mare’s safety or discomfort – further proven as they drag her into the house (another stellar selling point though, we’re sure).
We know most of us did some dumb things with our horses when we were younger. But our parents would’ve given us hell if they’d found out, not turned on the video camera and encouraged the madness!
We’d ask what they were thinking in using this as a sales video, but since it’s been pretty effective at making us want to get her out of their hands, maybe they’re really marketing geniuses. It could happen…