Do you find yourself smacking your forehead and yelling at the TV when you see stuff that is just plain wrong in horse movies and TV shows?
Mistakes in TV shows and films featuring horses and riders are among the equestrian world’s biggest annoyances, and most are fast to spot inaccurate horse behavior, poor riding, and other blunders.
In an effort to help raise the bar for accurate portrayals of horses and riders in media, the Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) has created the September Swear Jar Challenge; for every blooper spotted the HHRF is asking participants to put $3 into a “swear jar”.
The initiative was the idea of HHRF executive director Dr Pebbles Turbeville. “I was watching a series and a girl was taking riding lessons with her helmet sitting way past her forehead (almost where you have your sunglasses sitting on top of your head). I’m glad she was wearing a helmet, but can’t producers research and find a knowledgeable person about helmet fit?
“So, I added $3 into my jar for September — actually, I added $6 because it was a bit of a rant like now,” she said.
Turbeville is challenging equestrians to get their jar out for the “you said it, so you pay it” campaign.
“We would love for members of pony clubs, 4-H, high schools and college equestrian teams to compete. Host a movie night and see who catches something first! Also, comment on social media about things you saw that drove you crazy and made you add $3 to the jar!”
Proceeds from the September Swear Jar fundraiser will go toward studies that enhance the well-being of both horses and the humans who interact with them. The person who makes the most contributions to their swear jar will win an HHRF computer bag with goodies inside.
The campaign runs to the end of September, and contributions can be added to the “You said it” page on the HHRF website.
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