I find it bizarre. You'd think people who's horses are their livelihood should know better. Or perhaps I'm crediting them with too much intelligence (disclaimer - I'm sure there are some very good dealers out there! I just don't think these guys are one).
This reminded me of the owner of a BHS riding school demonstrating to me how to frog leap onto a horse from behind. She did it without the aid of a bucket, she just took a run up. I was very impressed at the time particularly as the owner must have been in her 60s!
As I child I used to frog leap off after riding the horses to the field bareback (headcollar and ropes, no hat!). I would turn around facing the tail and then frog leap off. My excuse is I was young and stupid and it was the 70s with no concept of safety. I am now older and wiser.
The dealer is from around my area, haven't heard many good reports! Have to say though the horse doesn't look bothered at all, how're certainly not what I'd do and I'm not sure it displays the correct level of professionalism for running a business. But then, each to their own!
well I spent many years hopping on and off in all sorts of manner, she jumps up onto the ponies bottom not his back so probably better than mounting from the side using a stirrup.
My kids used to run up and jump on the pony whilst she was grazing i the field, I did yell at them but that was more because the were in their pyjamas, no shoes (let alone boots), not hat and no head collar on the pony-the pony just carried on grazing and if she had ever had enough she used to just move as they ran up!
I would not do what they are doing in the video but I really don't see any harm i it
A pony that will stand quietly for this will also stand quietly when a car squeaks past him, or a dog runs out behind him, or a child passes on a scooter...
I'd rather have a kids pony that's up to this kind of thing, than some professionally produced wonder-pony that's scared of its own shadow.