HBO’s horse racing series ‘Luck’ faces an unprecedented number of horse deaths on set, raising questions about the treatment and well-being of animals being used in filming. In previous productions, even one horse death was extremely rare, the last known horse to be euthanized during a productionwas in “3:10 to Yuma” from 2007: Luck has lost three horses.As a result, Luck will end its first season abruptly on March 25 after HBO has decided to pull the show entirely. Whether this was due solely to the loss of life, or in combination with its low ratings is still unclear.
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History Channel’s ‘Full Metal Jousting’ suffered from a similar problem recently, after contestant Landon Morris was eliminated from competition for mistreatment of a horse in the show’s 5th episode ‘Hits Like A Truck’. Morris, is touted on History Channel’s website as a skilled equestrian and Muy Thai kickboxer (I guess we are lucky he didn’t kick the horse in the face).
On his bio video he boasts that he is a “gentleman, warrior, scholar”, however in this episode we see a clear lacking in the ‘gentleman’ respect. The horse in question, presumably ‘Superman’ (as there are very few black horses used on the show) stepped a bit too far forward, landing on Morris’s foot. Now as an equestrian, I can vouch for the fact that there are several ways to get a horse off your foot: punching really isn’t one of them. In the past I’ve endured some particularly nasty stomping incidents, my last (and most painful) at HITS Saugerties when my horse CrackerJack lost his balance and slammed his hoof directly onto my foot to support himself:
In the case of Morris’s foot, it appears that the thick boots used on the show largely protected his foot from most of the weight of his 2,000 lb horse. However, his misconduct could be overlooked, and he was sharply reprimanded by the coaches of the black team. After sitting down with Shane Adams, Morris showed absolutely no remorse for his transgression, saying that,“I’m not upset that I did that. I did it for the right reason.” This coming from a privately trained polo player and long-time equestrian is extremely heinous. Was it the right reason? I’ve attached a clip from YouTube below. Watch it and tell me in the comments if you think it was fair for that horse to have gotten a knuckle sandwich:
Now bear in mind, Morris’s coach called it one of the “stupidest things he had ever seen”, so that should help you make up your mind a bit.
I can only hope that things start looking up for horses on television, because this week has been pretty rough on our furry friends.