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“This Is Extremely Upsetting to Watch”: Viral Video Captures Horses’ Bizarre Reaction During Prize Giving, Leaving Netizens Saddened

Published 06/09/2023, 2:51 PM EDT

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Without horses, equestrianism would never become a legit sport. Riders participate in several horse riding categories like show jumping, polo, dressage, and many others with their horses. However, amidst the sport’s spirit, riders sometimes ignore the well-being of their other half. Just like them, horses also live and feel things around them. But some owners neglect their actions or behavior at times. Recently, a similar unfortunate sight was spotted during the prize distribution ceremony of a horse riding competition.

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On May 5, horse rider Maddie Maher shared an interesting video of her horse, Jerry, acting weirdly during a competition’s prize distribution ceremony. Although the equestrian posted it for fun, some horse lovers expressed their disappointment at the treatment the poor creature was receiving.

Horse become restless in the horse riding competition


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Rider Maddie Maher shared a glimpse of her horse acting in an unstable manner during a championship. Not once in the video, was the horse seen standing calm and composed. She shared the video with the caption, “Prize giving dare always fun 🤪”

The video was shot from several angles. In every frame, Jerry was seen constantly thumping his legs. However, despite his restless behavior, its rider was only trying to control it during the championship.


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The restless behavior of horses kicks in when they are under extreme stress. A change of environment or strenuous riding sessions stresses them out. Therefore, they get hyper at such events.

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Looking at the horse’s unusual behavior, the internet criticized the way it was being treated by its rider. Hence, many jumped to the comment section to express their views on it.

Netizens feel sad for the stressed horse


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Observing the horse’s miserable situation, a user commented, “The horse is so stressed it can’t even stand still” Another user also noticed the same and wrote, “This horse is stressed”

Another user drew the internet’s attention towards his behavior, “what we See is, horses are under stress power” Someone expressed that it was disheartening to see the creature like that, “this is extremely upsetting to watch.”

Another user noticed the rosette he was tied with but that was not all helping the horse, “Maybe consider that it’s stressful and that bloody rosette tied to the bridle flapping doesn’t help. Seriously….”


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Horses are living creatures too. They also have an ocean of feelings that they experience in several situations. Hence, it’s important to pay attention to their behavior and give them the love and care they deserve.

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Written by:

Muskan Sharma


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Muskan Sharma is a sports writer at EssentiallySports, specializing in Martial Arts, NHL, and other American sports. She is a degree holder in Journalism and Mass Communications. Muskan has been able to bring her unique set of skills and sensitivity while covering news stories.
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