Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Weigh In: "Ed Being Very Naughty

This video just got posted on my barn's facebook page, and I had to stop reading the comments because they were making me a little twitchy.


The video is four or five years old at this point, but it's one of those ones that keeps popping its head up.

"That pony is unsafe."

"I can't believe anyone would let their child ride it."

"Any sort of bucking or rearing is unacceptable."

"That child is overmounted."

And of course the token, "______ could fix that pony lol smiley face winky face thumbs up face. send it to ______ right?!?!???!?^&*^*^#!?"

There were a few "Cowboy up!" and "Every kid needs a pony like that!" comments, too.

So weigh in, blog world. What do you think of Ed the pony?

30 comments:

  1. Ed's a shithead but I think it's all about the kid's personality. During the first part of the video, it looked like the kid was enjoying Ed's antics.

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  2. Sigh.
    First, I fully agree that any kind of rearing is unacceptable, not to mention dangerous. Bucking can be dangerous too, but rearing is far worse IMO. I'm glad to see the kid wearing a helmet and a safety vest though! Second, sometimes, Ed is just being a pony. Some ponies are sweet angels, and other ponies are just shitheads. In my limited experience with ponies, you have to try to get inside their head and figure out what makes them tick, as frustrating a process as that may be, assuming everything health-wise is checked out. However, at times it did look like the kid was enjoying the shenanigans, so if they truly want to try to get the pony to quit rearing and bucking, I feel like there should be a punishment each and every time, not just when the kid isn't enjoying being thrown around anymore.

    Then again, I'm not a trainer and have limited experience with ponies, so what do I know? Haha.

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  3. People are not seeing the big picture here. Those are multiple clips put together in a video. Maybe taken over years. I imagine this pony is probably great to to ride most of the time but does have his moments. The kid is certainly a good sport! Have to admit the pony does have some shithead moments. haha.

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  4. ARE YOU KIDDING THIS IS BLOGLAND

    Ed obviously has ulcers and kissing spines. He needs his shoes pulled, that cruel bit taken out, a good long break (where he is neither clipped nor blanketed nor stalled) and THEN SOMEONE NEEDS TO PARELLI THE SHIT OUT OF HIM.

    How is this even a question.

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  5. My kid would probably not ride that pony, but I also don't have a kid!

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  6. Cowboy up to a certain point. If you're really going to ride you should know how to stick that stuff out. But it's a fine line - I would not let that combination continue indefinitely, or the kid will lose confidence and the pony will become an irredeemable shit.

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  7. That pony is a butt head! Funny to watch if it's not my kid, but definitely wouldn't have my child riding it. But apparently the kid doesn't seem to mind! To each his own, I guess.

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  8. Needs a new saddle ;)

    I hate kids, so throw those kids on every shit pony, darwinism

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  9. I wasn't as young as this kid, but I did learn on crap-head ponies. I had one that tried to slam me into a wall to get me off of him. TBH I learned best on those ponies. They didn't scare me - they boosted my will and determination. If the kid is willing to get on that pony again and again, I see no problem. Is that a pony I would want to work with? No. If that kind of bad behavior is a daily thing, then I would think that the pony has something wrong. Plus a kid can't go very far on a pony like that!

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  10. Ed's owners have stated publicly, multiple times, that Ed is a delightful pony most of the time but they put together these special moments for the video. Obviously, she was offended that people thought she was being a bad mother to the kid. I think the videos are hilarious and bring back memories of the ponies of my youth.

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  11. Meh....I can't say much - my first pony was WAYYYY worse than this. Bucked me off three times daily, dragged me into trees....dragged me across a 50 acre hay field....you get the picture. Made me a better rider!

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  12. Looks like most small ponies I have worked with lol. Ed looks like he just needs some schooling and a kid that knows to react, not laugh. I find the dropping and rolling the most disrespectful thing the pony did. I'd have a hard time watching my kid on him, but at like 3 ft off the ground, the risks are fairly low and learning high.

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  13. Ed is like the epitome of a pony x10. Adorable and bad at the same time. That kid is saint and props to him for sticking it out. Im sure in the end Ed will teach him a ton, but IMO he needs to not be ridden haha.. Hes so so so naughty!

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    1. I guess I'm saying I would never let my child *if I had one* ride a pony like that! But he is adorable.

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  14. I would love to have a pony like Ed for my kids to learn on. He's low to the ground and kids bounce. I learned on a big horse with a personality like this and it taught me to suck it up and get back on. It also taught me that I really, truely did want to ride and learn. All the things I want for my girls!

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  15. I think Ed is freaking fabulous!!!! Ponies are 'wicked' which is why they are small. I LOVE IT and actually think they have a great little bond.

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  16. Naughty habits can be bad, but having a challenging(not necessarily naughty) horse or pony teaches riders a lot. I learned that from experience.

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  17. i kinda love the video lol... probably so many clips bc whenever ed comes out with that brave little kid, someone's always saying 'hey grab the camera and some popcorn, this should be good!!'

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  18. I literally love everything about Ed and would like him to live in my house. I don't see anything wrong with it. As others have said these are just clips, and I find them hysterical and they bring back so many memories.

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  19. Dude, you have to include the "Ed being Good" as a follow up for this.

    I think Ed is an awesome little pony.

    I'm more impressed, though, with Ross the rider. That kid takes a tumble and gets back up. I wish I had as much composure when Archie acts up half as badly.

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  20. I think it depends on the kid, because for some kids, it would just scare them- me as a kid would be TERRIFIED and never ride again.

    But if my kids wouldn't lose confidence, I totally want this pony for them. I agree with Cate- it's not a far fall, the kid has protective gear, and kids bounce anyway. And what Beka said- that kid is learning so much about what having a horse is all about. Let him pay his dues and get a good seat now and then get him something nice later!

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  21. aha personally I LOVE Ed :D, i saw this on Facebook a few years back and then again recently, some of the comments i thought were insane! Personally i learnt to ride on a pony similar to this but what people forget is the moments off camera where he was probably a really good pony! I Love Ed and wish i was smaller, Jake (the pony i rode) taught me to have a good seat or i'd end up on the floor.

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If you can't say anything nice, fuck off.