I have to admit that I’m not a big fan of horses. I don’t dislike them, either, but I’m just not into them. I’m glad they exist but if I went through life without riding one, I’d probably be fine.
Having said that, I noticed recently that they’re often deployed in movies and videos as magnificent beasts. Take these three music videos.
Here’s one by 38 Special. I came across it when writing a post on Sitzman ABC about the third conditional tense:
As evidence that it’s not just limited to 80s rock soap opera videos, here’s one from a Kylie Minogue video a few years ago (note: it’s got people in underwear kissing, so if you don’t want to see that at work or on the bus or wherever you are, don’t check it out):
The thing that stands out to me in both of these videos is that the horses are completely incidental and superfluous. Especially in the Kylie video, even the horse seems to be confused while trotting through the scene, wondering what the hell it’s doing there. Finally, here’s one by Scissor Sisters. At least this song is called “Only The Horses,” so a few horses are probably warranted in the video:
Anyhow, this has been on my mind for a while now. Do you know of any other Superfluous Horses? Here’s a picture of a horse trailer I saw in Palmares. It’s not got superfluous horses (being a horse trailer), but it does have arguably superfluous boobs, which makes it pretty funny:
Thanks for reading, and wherever you are, keep clear of the stampeding horses!
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