I guess I shouldn’t be surprised it has come to this. While I rarely read the Petulant Pony blog, I must have had some masochistic tendencies today, because I did. Apparently, we are now using make-believe animals to back up our arguments? It would seem Mendy Tobiano has had a nerve pinched about having skinny horses because she is on another rant and this one makes even less sense than most of them. Good ole NT doesn’t use just any movie horses, she uses ones from over 50 years ago and paintings of other horses that have been dead for over 200 years. Once again, I feel obligated to pick apart her idiocy and set the record straight. God help me, this is getting tiresome. I better not find out which one of you hurt her feelings this time, because I”m having to clean up the mess again 😦
“By all accounts, this may be the most famous Hollywood horse and he has triggered many a namesake (sorry, had to make the pun!!) Take a look at this still from Trigger. I am particularly looking at the loins and the thigh. Now, look carefully at this animal’s barrel (go look at the diagram if you are confused). I would damn near lay money down that if you were to have taken the saddle off that horse the minute after the pic was snapped, you would find rib”
Ok, so I used a picture without a rider on to show NT how stupid she is. Trigger was half THOROUGHBRED for those that don’t know. It is commonly thought he was a Tennessee Walker, but it was actually Trigger Jr. that was. Trigger Sr. was a stallion but he was NEVER bred. My point with this is that due to the fact he is not a QH, he isn’t going to have the ass end or haunches of one either. NT, may have to look up the term `haunches’ to understand what I’m saying because I think that’s what she calls thighs. As far as his `loins’ go, those are covered up by his tack, so maybe she means his hip? Who knows? Clearly her mother never played `where’s your nose? where’s your toes?’ with her because she doesn’t know her body parts. This is a perfectly healthy looking horse with all the bone coverage you would expect to see in one in good shape. His coat has `bloom’ and he is nicely filled out and muscled. She follows up with pictures of Silver, Scout and other movie favorites that have all been dead for over 5o years. I’m still not really clear what the point of it all is when your horses look like this and you can’t see the difference….
The next thing NT uses in her pointless diatribe is a picture of a great big fat QH halter horse as what people think the `standard’ currently is. Nobody I know thinks one of those HYPP monstrosities is what a horse should look like unless you are one of the horse eating douchebags on the AQHA executive. To further drive home her point, she posts the following pictures calling them the finest horses in the US.
Ok, first I want to point out that the picture of Figure is a PAINTING. It proves nothing because there are no photographs of the founding sire of the Morgan breed. Who knows what he really looked like or what shape he was in? Maybe NT thinks all those old Currier and Ives paintings are what horses really looked like back then too? Another picture is of Flicka and I’m not sure NT realizes Flicka was make-believe and probably played by at least four different horses in the movie. She uses a painting of Ruffian, and I have no idea what that proves considering she DIED when she was barely three years old and never was anything other than race fit. God knows there are enough actual pictures of her floating around that she could have used. All of these pictures are not the same as the dull coated, pencil neck waifs that NT calls `fit’. NONE of these horses look like hers.
See the above two horses? They both show about the same amount of rib but one is fit and one is thin. NT won’t know the difference because she thinks ribs are ribs. It seems to escape her that a horse in fitness maintains his muscle mass and won’t demonstrate a razor back. They have muscle definition! She also probably has no clue that you don’t just take a fit horse like the one above, and kick him out in a pasture when you are giving him time off. You have to `let them down’ or they fall apart and look like skeletons in a very short time frame. In fact, I bet she would crap her pants if she ever actually saw what a racehorse eats in a day. The likely get more grain in a single day than her entire
hoard herd gets in a week. You can’t have a horse as fit as the one above without pouring the coals to them and I don’t care what breed you are talking about.
Let’s try something different. Since it’s not very likely that NT has ever had her hands on a race fit horse, let’s look at a couple of horses that are out of fitness and in full winter coat. Of the above two horses, which one do you think is toothless and 31 years old? I bet some of you thought the yellow horse, right? It’s actually the top horse. The top horse’s picture was taken in January of this year and he is a every day of 31 yrs old with the papers to prove it. The bottom horse is 11 and this picture was allegedly taken in March. That means there is 20 yrs difference in age between the two. The black horse has a shiny coat and despite his extremely advanced age and having NO teeth, still has a neck. I’d like to see a bit more weight on him, but he’s looking pretty good for his age. The yellow horse is dull coated and appears to have a stick neck. No, he’s not emaciated yet, but he certainly looks older than his years. There is a huge difference between a horse having a hay belly and a properly nourished horse . You know what is particularly bad? When the horse used to look like this not so long ago…
Notice that he used to have a neck and was the very picture of good health. How does a young horse end up looking like that unless he isn’t being fed properly? Eleven is not an old horse at all and winter is no excuse for horses to drop weight. If you are going to do a blog entry on fit vs trim at least learn the difference between the two things. At the very least learn the different parts of a horse and proper terminology. I think next time one of the PSAs get a wild hair and want to educate their followers, I’ll just hand them a shovel and let them keep on digging themselves deeper into their pit of stupidity. It’s not like any of this is ever going to sink in anyhow…