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  • Are high diving horses still around
  • Places people horse dive

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    02-14-2012, 09:56 AM
Diving Horse Show

I don't usually participate in this part of the forum, but I got this email from friend of mine, and I wonder is it true indeed? I was horrified looking at the pic I have to say...

Animals Petition: Stop the Reopening of the Cruel Diving Horse Show | Change.org


Atlantic City wants to bring back "high-diving horse" acts to its Steel Pier. These acts haven't been around since the 1970s -- and for good reason, as they involve horses and riders leaping or falling from a 40 foot tower into a swimming pool.
But in a strange nod to nostalgia (the popular TV series "Boardwalk Empire" takes place on Atlantic City's Steel Pier in the 1920s, when high-diving horses first became popular), Atlantic City wants to bring this antiquated act back into the present day. And the cruel show could be back as soon as Memorial Day weekend.
Atlantic City also tried to bring back high-diving horses in 1993 -- but a huge backlash caused those plans to be abandoned. Public outcry can do the same now, especially since construction on a horse-diving tower hasn't begun yet. With so many other attractions proposed (beer gardens, games and rides), public pressure will swiftly divert these funds into a tourist attraction that will be more fun, lucrative and animal cruelty-free.
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    02-14-2012, 07:40 PM
Green Broke
This looks awful!!
    02-15-2012, 08:04 AM
I know, Taffy. I wonder who's in own mind would even risk doing that (I'm not even talking about poor horses)...
    02-15-2012, 08:54 AM
Green Broke
There's a book and a movie about the diving horses. Sonora? Can;t remember the title. But, the lady that jumped with the horses was adamant that they enjoyed it and were eager to jump!
    02-15-2012, 09:00 AM
I heard today that the idea was nixed.
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    02-15-2012, 09:39 AM
Yup-I hear that too. CBS news.
    02-15-2012, 09:44 AM
Green Broke
Here's a website: www.horseandman.com/people-and-places/diving-horses/
    02-15-2012, 11:13 AM
Originally Posted by gigem88    
There's a book and a movie about the diving horses. Sonora? Can;t remember the title. But, the lady that jumped with the horses was adamant that they enjoyed it and were eager to jump!
Interesting. I know if you jump and land on your stomach on water it hurts (heck, actually quite badly). I'd expect it would be painful for the horse as well.
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    02-15-2012, 12:50 PM
I remember that movie, she goes blind and still does the diving with the horses.
I would like to see the people who want to put on this event jump from that same height and ask if it hurts...
    02-15-2012, 01:14 PM
Green Broke
I don't know if I'd call it abuse, haven't made up my mind. But, all the clips I have seen, the horses look to be in good condition, never hesitated to go up the ramp, no person pulling/tugging or whipping to get the horse up the ramp. Looks like the person jumping with the horse is in more danger.

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