The Bachelorette Goes Equestrian

Another TV show throws in a "horse episode” with cringe-worthy consequences.

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Editor’s Note: You may have heard that there were some interesting horse scenes in this week’s episode of The Bachelorette. We turned to Horse Illustrated Reality TV Correspondent Holly Caccamise for a play-by-play of what happened.

Once upon a time, JoJo took all of her boyfriends to Argentina. There are lots of horses in Argentina. So they decide to go on some “horse dates.”

The Bachelorette horse riding scenes

JoJo is wearing boots with a 4-inch heel, and clearly has never mounted a horse from the ground. She grapples painfully with the concept of leverage, and the gaucho ends up hoisting her dead weight into the saddle.

The Bachelorette horse riding scenes

 

JoJo’s date, Alex, is forced to dress in traditional gaucho clothing. He is able to get on the horse, but proceeds to slump in the saddle and they both ride in terrible chair seats.

The Bachelorette horse riding scenes

 

They stop for a break, where one of the gauchos is showing them how they train the horses by “capturing their heart,” or some such. The rider proceeds to lay the horse down and flip it over, straddle it, and play with its feet. Viewers are feeling very awkward right now, but JoJo says it’s the best thing she’s ever seen in her entire life.

The Bachelorette horse riding scenes

 

JoJo and Alex are instructed to lay on the horse’s neck and commune with it … I think. At this point we get the feeling Alex is maybe a little more into JoJo than vice versa.

The Bachelorette horse riding scenes

 

Time for the second horse date! They set the scene by showing someone who actually can ride a little bit, running right past a perfectly good jump without jumping it.

The Bachelorette horse riding scenes

 

JoJo meets up with her date, Luke, near a white pony she says is named Snowflake. I have my doubts about that being the real name of a pony in Argentina.

The Bachelorette horse riding scenes

 

Luke is apparently a real horse person. He tells JoJo he broke his first horse when he was 2 (him, or the horse?!). She says, “What do you mean, you BROKE it?” Sigh. Sidebar: These are some strange-looking rope halters in Argentina.

The Bachelorette horse riding scenes

 

Looks like a dangerous place to buckle a girth, especially for a newbie.

The Bachelorette horse riding scenes

 

And finally, a riding scene where at least one person doesn’t make you want to throw up. Plus, JoJo has swapped out her 4-inch heels for some other fashion boots with a much more sensible riding heel.

The Bachelorette horse riding scenes

 

They arrive back at the barn and have a romantic make-out sesh on a hay bale. This sounds like a good idea until you think about the flies and smelling the nearby stalls.

I’ll give you one guess as to which guy made it through to the next episode and which didn’t …

Until we meet again, due to yet another horse episode ruining one of your favorite TV shows!

Holly Caccamise is Managing Editor of Horse Illustrated. She watches reality television so you don’t have to.

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Holly Caccamise
Holly Caccamise has been with Horse Illustrated and Young Rider since 2007, and in August 2019, she took over as head editor. She’s been instrumental in the production of both magazines and helped Horse Illustrated win a 2018 American Horse Publications Media Award in the General Excellence Self-Supported Publication (circulation 15,000 and over) category. Before getting involved in the editorial side of print media, she worked as an award-winning ad copywriter for Thoroughbred Times magazine. Caccamise has her MS in Animal Science from the University of Kentucky, where she studied equine nutrition and exercise physiology, and her Bachelor’s from UCLA in Biology. Caccamise has also worked as a research assistant, horse camp counselor teaching riding and vaulting, and as a top-level show groom in the eventing world, where she continues to compete her horse, Artie, at the lower levels.

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