Diving Horses removed from steel pier

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  1. juliusaugustus macrumors regular

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    Personally I can't believe it was ever an actual attraction. Secondly I can't believe people thought it would be a good idea to try and do again.
     
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    Just an idiotic result of too much money and an attempt at the "never done".
     
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    except it was done before.
     
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    I think it makes me want to watch Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken again.
     
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    A travesty, how else would the Simpsons got a cheap horse?
     
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    It just goes to show. You can lead a horse to water, but you can't dump him in the drink.

    Or something.
     
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    You serious? it is animal cruelty plain and simple.
     
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    You should attend the Calgary Stampede sometime. ;)
     
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    Horses suffer more when they fall at a horse race. Don't see anyone stopping that.

    There's been 781 (horse) deaths from horse racing in the past 1800 days alone.

    But a specially trained horse diving. That's crazy.
     
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    to be truthful, on first reading I thought, omg that is screwy, yet another way to torment horses. but from a bit of admittedly very cursory research, it sounds like there were far more injuries among the human riders than the horses! so I don't know.

    Okay, it's not the most intellectual or refined thing out there, but umm, can you say Jersey Shore? Sixteen and Pregnant? in fact, just about any reality tv show in the last ten years or so? lol.

    So I don't know. I would have to hear a bit more about it before I decided one way or the other.

    Another aspect to bear in mind is things like frequency and regulation. A lot of activities (in general, not just for horses and other animals but for human animals too) can be okay or even good in smaller doses, but dangerous in larger doses. So maybe it could be something like a horse can jump only a few times a week or something, and have some safety regs such as maximum and minimum height and size of the pool, stuff like that.
     
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    :( Not recommended, especially the chuck-wagon races. Carnage. :mad:
     
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    Except the horses were never forced to do anything, in fact I here from various people who train and ride horses that it is hard to force a horse to do anything. Heck some of the horse liked doing it. The riders didn't decide when the diving happens the horses did, on top of that the horses were never injured or abused, but the horse riders did suffer several injuries. Heck being a diving horse is better than the harsh conditions on a race track of worse yet being turned into dog food or glue. What made the act unique was it had no devices or gimmicks it was just the horse and the rider diving.
    some old footage from the era
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEkPQ6xDWMc
     
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    You aren't looking very hard. There are many animal welfare groups against horse racing and/or rodeo. In fact the backlash against horses participating in steeplechase I'd wager we'll see it the first to go.

    I think what you mean to say where that the horses were trained to do it. Assigning an emotion to their apparently agreement to go through with a task (likely in exchange for food etc) is a bit of a anthropomorphic stretch.

    How many horses take up high-diving in the wild as a pastime?
     
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    Lucky them! :rolleyes:
     
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    Back when men were men (and the women were glad of it)

    Oh, the many way we used to be able to enjoy ourselves in this country back during days gone by...

    Aside from high-diving horses, he had the occasional elephant hanging to look forward to....

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    Even train wrecks where turned into a money-making entertainment venue...



    And "freak show" exhibitions of both deformed people and animals amused young and old alike...

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    And did I mention minstrel shows? What ever became of them, anywayz?
     
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    If people were protesting you wouldn't have to look hard for it. One of the points of protests - to raise awareness in those that don't pay attention.
     
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    I remember an Atlantic City boardwalk storefront that was filled with ducks and chickens which were trained to play the piano or a drum etc. Each animal was in a cage with a coin acceptor on it. I later learned that they received electric shocks that encouraged their performance. They were removed due to protest.
     
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    Our Overlords are working on that very thing.

    Today the ankle bracelet, tomorrow the neck one. ;)
     

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