Lots of people think this video is funny and has gone viral over the past 48 hours. I’ve seen it on several equine forums where people have labeled it as hilarious. I thought it was funny at first but then, as the video progressed, I stopped laughing.
Yes, lots of small ponies have an “attitude.” Unless you have a small, capable rider to tune them up, many ponies have the smarts to take over. Certainly, that’s what seemed to happen here.
Yes, the boy was wearing a helmet and a vest (at least most of the time). And at the beginning I admired his pluck and his ability to stay on during the bucks. However, even though this was a compilation video, I think this poor kid hit the ground too hard and too often. I also don’t buy the argument that riding a pony this naughty (borderline dangerous) will make him a better rider. Quite the opposite. I think that riding a horse with bad habits teaches the rider to deal with that horse only and often to ride in a defensive fashion that works against them when they ride a horse that doesn’t come with a buck, rear or roll installed.
Luckily for this boy, he got a new pony who seems to have better manners. I wish him the best of luck. I think he’s got a lot of courage and a good sense of humor.