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post #1 of 5 Old 05-12-2013, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
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Red face Its This Even Possible?

If you have seen the movie Spirit, you have seen the scene when he jumps the canyon. Is it even physically possible for a horse to do that?

I tried searching it, but to no avail. I am 99.99% sure it's not possible, but who knows, maybe there is this special thing-a-ma-bob that is left undiscovered in horses!
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post #2 of 5 Old 05-12-2013, 12:26 AM
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When the soldiers are chasing him and the boy? It would all depend on distance, I suppose. According to wikipedia, the record long-jump for a horse and rider is just over 27 feet.
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post #3 of 5 Old 05-12-2013, 01:23 AM
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It does look impossible but I think it is suppose to. It's an incredible feat, one that even the Colonel and his soldiers are amazed to see. It was a brave act that most horses wouldn't even consider doing. The writers wanted Spirit to stand out from your "normal" horse. By giving him that task he stands above the rest.

In real life, I believe that act is impossible. The distance from the movie looks much further than 30ft.
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post #4 of 5 Old 05-12-2013, 04:04 AM
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Completely off topic, but last I heard that movie is being re-released in theatres in June where I live!
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post #5 of 5 Old 05-12-2013, 08:48 PM
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Depends on how wide the canyon is. Horses can jump some pretty big widths. I think Man o Wars stride was somewhere near 28ft... And that was just his stride.

The scene was meant to bring across the point that Spirit would go to any lengths for his freedom and jumping a canyon portrayed that. I guess it's possible to gage the canyon distance by guesstimating the height/width of the objects around it (Spirit and his rider), but that's a whole lot of science for a cartoon. And I'm sure the canyon actually changes width with the clips in the scene, because animation isn't exactly reliable.
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