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speedy da fish 06-22-2010 04:21 PM

Something new that I have never seen... DIVING HORSES!
 


Speed Racer 06-22-2010 04:23 PM

Actually, that's a very old sport, Speedy.

Diving horses were all the rage back in the 1940s-1950s in Atlantic City, NJ.

Nobody does it nowadays because of the obvious health liabilities to people and animals.

speedy da fish 06-22-2010 04:39 PM

yeah ive seen those videos, never seen them, they do look old!

they are some brave horses!... and my horse complains about colourful fillers :P

MN Tigerstripes 06-22-2010 04:39 PM

That reminds me of the movie "Wild Hearts Can't be Broken." Maybe I'll have to rent it this weekend...

BaliDoll 06-22-2010 07:05 PM

Yeah I was going to mention that movie, MNT! I love it :) That's the only reason I knew that this existed though.... Anyone know how they teach the horses to do this? Seems EXTREMELY unnatural to me...

MacabreMikolaj 06-22-2010 07:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Speed Racer (Post 668048)
Actually, that's a very old sport, Speedy.

Diving horses were all the rage back in the 1940s-1950s in Atlantic City, NJ.

Nobody does it nowadays because of the obvious health liabilities to people and animals.

Actually that first video is from 2008 and the website is up to date for 2010, so at least one place is still doing it! I can't imagine you'll find any horse AND rider teams anymore though.

The Diving Horse - Magic Forest

BaliDoll - I'm pretty sure back in the day they just pushed them off until they figured it out. :?

ridergirl23 06-22-2010 07:55 PM

wouldn't water get in his nose and ears? Or are horses ears like ours? But still, wouldn't water get up his nose?
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Mickey4793 06-22-2010 09:00 PM

That seems quite dangerous!

Speed Racer 06-23-2010 08:47 AM

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Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj (Post 668221)
Actually that first video is from 2008 and the website is up to date for 2010, so at least one place is still doing it! I can't imagine you'll find any horse AND rider teams anymore though.

The Diving Horse - Magic Forest


Whoa, really? I can't access the video (Barracuda filter), so thought it was one of the old ones from back in the day.

Can't imagine why anyone would think training a horse to dive is something desirable. Oh well, different strokes, and all that.

speedy da fish 06-23-2010 11:39 AM

the first video is up to date and the second is 50s? i think.

the first one is basically a little pony jumping into a pool from about 5 feet, but the second one is more extreme.


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