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post #1 of 17 Old 01-02-2012, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone see this rider fall at the Rose Parade this morning?

That poor rider :( I imagine he was looking forward to this all year and I'm sure his horse was an angel in all of their rehearsals.

I wonder what freaked the horse out or if he was just done with the whole thing by that time.

I guess it really does take a special horse to be in a parade and surprisingly there aren't more injuries.

Regardless, I loved the parade as always. The flowers are beautiful but I watch mainly for the horses.
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post #2 of 17 Old 01-02-2012, 03:32 PM
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It looked to me like the horse may have been just a bit spooked by whatever (maybe the flag), the rider started to get off the off side, had a death grip on the reins, and lost control of the flag where it hit the horse in the face. When the horse went to move his head away from the flag, he couldn't because of the grip the rider had on the reins and it all went to hell from there.

My guess is that the horse wasn't all that well trained to begin with, coupled with some bad choices on the rider's part and it was a perfect combination for disaster. It happens.

I am glad that it appears neither the horse or rider was seriously hurt though.

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I just happen to see the float when I went home for lunch but the channel I was watching didn't catch that. I got the same impression that smrobs had when I saw your video.

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Ouch! That pavement is not very giving. :(
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post #5 of 17 Old 01-02-2012, 03:52 PM
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I thought that the rider for some reason was leaning way, way forward and didnt' realize it was because he was trying to get off. on the off side. I didn't seem like the horse was too bad off until he leaned way forward, put the flab up on his neck and hauled on the reins.

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post #6 of 17 Old 01-02-2012, 04:15 PM
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Wowies. laptop is slow so it was a bit blurred but that horse shaking its head as well.. seen rearers, never seen a horse do that.. must have been one unhappy fella!

I like how everyone stepped in though to help, that was super nice. I'll never forget watching someone fall off SJ at a local show, I was right at the back, she got thrown and the horse was tanking around the field- they just let her and her parents catch it, no one lifted a hand to help.
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I watched it a few times now. I didn't notice that it looks like the rider is trying to get down after the first time the horse whips his head. It does seem like the flag was part of the problem.
Glad both horse and rider seem fine. I was a bit worried about the rider because he looked older. Overall the horses in this parade seemed very well behaved. I could be wrong, but a parade can't be a happy experience for a horse. It seems like something they would tolerate at best.
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post #8 of 17 Old 01-04-2012, 10:43 PM
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That entire group had issues at the start of the parade. HGTV's coverage of the parade is at the starting line, and there were several horses that spooked a bit, and one in particular that stopped everything around it as it spooked. I felt pretty bad for the rider, imagine working so hard towards a parade like this, and then when all eyes are on you the horse has a meltdown. Must have been a bummer.
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post #9 of 17 Old 01-04-2012, 10:45 PM
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I bet the rider has road rash, ouch.
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Glad to see that no-one was injured. In the desctription of the video, it said that people around said the horse spooked at a loud noise from a nearby speaker. Could be that, plus the flag in the face and maybe just being a greener horse?

What I like is that the horse didn't completely freak out. Take of running or something and was easily caught by a person in the crowd. He was actually more focused on one of the horses.

Maybe a stallion? Pretty horse though.

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