Horsemanship at its best
Ok, I’m sure that after watching that, most of you are expecting some pretty snarky commentary. But come on! How awesome is that old dude?! Ignoring all the safety concerns that crop up from his mad skillz, it is so completely and entirely laughable that he thinks he can actually push a draft breed into a trailer! I mean, ok, he does, but I’m betting that’s somewhere on par with a horse stamping its leg to remove a fly. (Maybe the fly was on said hypothetical horse’s leg, wanting it to lift its foot temporarily. Ya never know.)
It would honestly NEVER have occurred to me to try to push my horse into a trailer! -or anywhere else for that matter. Prior to learning better, a lot of us try to pull horses, typically to no avail – maybe he was never taught better but managed to figure out on his own that pulling doesn’t work, so why not try pushing?!
This obviously wouldn’t be so funny if any injuries occurred. And there are so many horror stories out there surrounding trailers – I’ve heard tales ranging from people’s jaws being wired shut to horses fracturing their skulls. Neither my horse nor I have been in any sort of trailering accident, but I still manage to work myself into quite the panic prior to every trip.
So, to help guide you, faithful readers, I’ve compiled this list of what not to do when loading a horse.
1. Do not attempt to load a large quadriped onto a comically small trailer (floors can rust and lose their structural stability, in addition to the obvious head-room issue)
2. Get rid of any unnecessary vehicles nearby – can you imagine if that horse had come rushing out? He could have headed straight into that car! Big ass draftie vs. car?
3. Do not stand directly behind a horse (what if he farted? or pooped!? -correct! laughter would ensue!)
4. ok, this one’s kind of serious: when the dude put his back into the horse’s rump, a number of things could have gone wrong. If the horse had jumped forward, the man could have fallen, horse comes crashing back out, right on top of what would then become a human pancake. Also, by turning his back on the horse, he looses any ability to see/interpret the horse’s body language (not that he was exactly paying attention to this when we was pushing with his hands…)
Is it just me, or is that horse’s ass almost hanging out the end?!
For a buttload of trailer safety articles, check out equisearch.com 🙂