The kind of “want to be gentle” horse person that is attracted to my blog, would be forgiven for looking at Mario Luraschi’s horse stunts, (specially the ones of his horses rearing and falling on the ground and the one above of the horse leaping into the boat and slide stopping between two rows of seated soldiers) you would be forgiven for thinking “What kind of a wanker makes a horse do horrible things like that?”
And yet rushing to judgement in this case would not be a good idea.
I’ve got the jaw dropping live footage of the horse in this photo galloping down that dock, leaping into the boat and slide stopping down the centre planks of the boat with a row of people on either side – along with some other also stunning horse stunts, including horses rearing and falling to the ground, on an old VHF video format. This is the french stuntman, Mario Luraschi.
What makes me call him a master horseman instead of a wanker?
I’m a lot more discerning than I was back when I first saw this footage, but what makes me still call him a master horseman with a gift, is that his horses were still doing those stunt falls waayy into their 20’s. The fact that they were still in excellent health (better than the vast number of normal riding horses actually), still beautifully muscled across their backs especially and still doing those stunt falls says to me that they were not hurting their bodies, minds or spirits doing the stunts.
If they were experiencing stress doing those stunts, then they would be carrying tension in their bodies and if they were carrying tension in their bodies for too long, they would start to get injuries and break down – because that’s the way it works. It’s rarely a mystery to how or why horses get injuries and break down when you look at it like that.
Emotional stress causes physical tension causes injuries and illness
Yeah I know, even this topic gave me an excuse to jump on my hobby horse – emotional stress causes physical tension causes illness and injury!
The VHF video footage I’ve got, has Luraschi talking about how he selects the horses, what makes these horses great at what they do so well and we got to see flashes of some of the training – all interspersed with scenes from the movies that just make any horse person’s jaw drop – and no cut and paste special effects that would be used these days either!
What’s your favorite horse scenes from movies, where you can make a case for good horsemanship? i.e. that you can make a case for a stress free horse acting in the movies and still living a long and actively happy life?
Let’s make this a celebration of good horsemanship – no slandering poor horsemanship please – they’re doing their best at that moment and just about everyone is on a journey to get better. it’s OK to call attention to what you think makes a happy horse and an unhappy horse – that’s an important part of discernment – but no judgement or canning of the trainer please.
Appollo in this photo, is also in the old VHF video footage I have. Most horses if looking like this would be looking for a serious life and horsemanship method change, but on my video, Appollo goes from happy soft eyes to this demon at a signal and drops back to happy soft eyes again. A star actor indeed!
So… Favourite horse movies and scenes with happy horses in the comments please. Add photos and video linkages where possible and if you can’t figure out how to do it, send them to me by email and I’ll add them for you.