Well, I was FINALLY going to comment about that video that has been making the rounds recently. The one where trainer Cyndi Plasch is trying to load her horse after a show and beats it with a wiffle bat? People come over, presumably trying to help, and flap their arms at the horse to encourage it to load. All the while, someone is videotaping this inordinate amount of stupidity.
I know you’re all going to expect me to go after the person beating the horse the wiffle bat – and believe you me, she deserves it, but I do so hate to be predictable and honestly feel that given the virality of the video, maybe my comments aren’t required. However, what I am concerned about is the person standing around taking the video. The one that recognized something bad was happening, that something needed to be done about it, and proceeded to passively condone the abusers actions by allowing the behavior to continue without even trying to stop it.
Why did NO ONE step in and take the wiffle bat from her!? Oh wait, people did step in… and waived their arms around like it was greenhorn cattle drive!
There are certainly times when it is better to video and not risk your own health and safety – I get that, more so than most. However, in a crowded area, in broad daylight, the risk was greatly reduced. What could your justification be for NOT stepping in? I’m sorry, but I just can’t imagine a scenario where they couldn’t have at least gone over there and said “hey, stop that” in a stern tone. I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea to get up in someone else’s grill, but I just cannot comprehend a situation wherein you can idly stand by. -that’s most likely a statement on me and my understanding of human nature because I can tell you right now that I have next to none (understanding that is, I have some human nature).
For an update on this story and a few more details, check out this article. BTW this article contains the videographers defense as to why she chose to videotape rather than help the horse. To sum up: it was for the greater good.