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Too Much Contact Overbending Icelandic Horse

January 3, 2009

Something is obviously wrong here.  
Why is the Icelandic Horse overbent, behind the vertical?
The Icelandic Horse has a very thick throat latch area and it is not easy for him to have his head in this position.
This position can be compressing his glands, giving him extreme pain, as well as compressing his airway and esophagus, making it harder to breathe and swallow.
Is this punishment for the Icelandic Horse?
Or does someone think this is a good thing to do?

Tags: cheval islandais, icelandic horse, ijslandpaard, islandhast, islandpferd

Posted at: 01:56 PM | Add Comment RSS

AXEL said...


Posted September 28, 2009 01:06 PM | Reply to this comment

Mackenzie said...

WTF? but ironically there is an icelandic where i ride -wyck- and he tends to do that occasionally, even when my reins are looser. he just pulls his head back and down like that and chews on the bit O.o but that womans reins ARE way too short...BITCH! >:| how wuld she like it if someone pulled on her face/mouth/neck like that! D:<

Posted October 8, 2009 04:11 PM | Reply to this comment

Brynja said...

i agree with axel BULLSHIT!

Posted November 20, 2009 07:51 AM | Reply to this comment

Kafen said...

I hate stuff like this. You never know what is happening in the picture. The horse could have done something naughty and the rider could have pulled the head in for punishment. Also, the whole stuff about the throat latch and him not being able to breath is crap. The horse is fine, and is obviously a well cared for horse (note the mane!)

Posted December 17, 2009 11:31 AM | Reply to this comment

Anonym said...


Posted January 8, 2010 04:03 PM | Reply to this comment

someone said...

seriously guys chill is there a reson to have somutch profanity????!!!!?

Posted May 5, 2010 08:25 PM | Reply to this comment

DeeDee said...

agree with Kafen ..

Posted July 2, 2010 09:45 AM | Reply to this comment

someone who cares said...

rollkur, rollkur, rollkur! :( That poor horse is so uncomfortable, look at the tight noseband and his gaping mouth. Horses ridden like this DO develop breathing problems, and unhealthy wear on the different bones involved, it is also bad for the muscles and he would have a VERY sore neck after being ridden like this for a while. :( Not to mention his mouth; it must be dreadfully sore! Why do people have to do this!? It's beyond me. Forcing a horse's head in is NOT collection or the 'correct headset', it is cruelty.

Posted July 5, 2011 09:05 PM | Reply to this comment

Just my oppinion said...

horse that fomes at the mouth is not comfortable and it should be checked what is wrong.

Posted March 16, 2012 10:40 AM | Reply to this comment

Just my oppinion replied to Just my oppinion...

sorry my English is rather bad i meant to say foam

Posted March 16, 2012 10:43 AM | Reply to this comment

Just my oppinion replied to Just my oppinion...

sorry my English is rather bad i meant to say foam

Posted March 16, 2012 10:45 AM | Reply to this comment

Midnightryder said...

all of you just hush lol. what youre looking at is most likely a collected trot. Horses dont like bits. period. and many times they drool, and it becomes foamy due to them moving their tongues and mouths, just like sweat between the whithers. granted the horse may not enjoy the activity but by all appearances this animal is by no means abused. i have several horses of my own and each one does the same thing and i know for damn sure they arent abused. get over the animal cruelty bullshit and focus on your own mishaps not the way others behave since posting pictures on the internet doesnt do shit. kthanxbai. <3

Posted August 21, 2012 01:09 PM | Reply to this comment

midnightryder said...

btw this is just another example of over dramatization, someone, who has probably never ridden a horse IN THEIR LIFE thinking well this looks wrong so i'm going to make a statement. lol pathetic.

Posted August 21, 2012 01:12 PM | Reply to this comment

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU KAFEN! You guys never know what was happening. Maybe the horse wouldn't slow down and the rider tightened her reins a lot in an effort to stop him? You never know. This horse is obviously treated well, look at the mane and shoulder and neck. So quit over-reacting and being stupid, all of you! Thank you!

Posted September 30, 2012 08:06 PM | Reply to this comment

Alex said...

Something is obviously wrong here.But i can't understand Why & what wrong?

Posted December 21, 2012 09:38 PM | Reply to this comment

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