Herewith, some clichés I could really do without…
1. Whenever a galloping horse is shown in a movie, the camera will linger awhile on the pounding hooves. Why is that?
2. Horses in movies also whinny all the time for no reason. There’s a Canadian Historica Minute in which a midwife and girl are racing through the snow in a sleigh to reach the girl’s mother, who is in labour. Suddenly, there’s a downed tree across the trail! The horse rears and whinnies! First of all, the horse would have seen the tree from a ways away and slowed itself down in time; secondly, there is no earthly reason for the horse to whinny about it.
3. Cartoon horses with giant schnozzes and feet. I just hate that.
4. I’m tired of the horse whisperer cliché. Good horsemanship was good horsemanship long before we started getting all evangelical about it.
Those are a few of mine…what might yours be?