Saturday, March 28, 2009

Spooked horses in a driving competition

I just saw this video thanks to Fugly Horse of the Day. It's six and a half minutes of he!l — a horse spooks and bolts during a driving competition, triggering another one to start right about when they catch the first one. There are several instances of people and horses getting mowed down by an out-of-control horse, but apparently — by some miracle — no one was actually hurt.

Someone on the Fugly blog said that the horses all hold their tails in the air because they've had ginger applied to their anuses to make them burn, and that that may have been what got the first horse kicking in the first place. Poor horses! I'd kick too!

Also, as several people pointed out, trying to quiet or catch the horse isn't going to work, because it has blinders on and can only see forward. Considering horses are prey animals and can't see directly in front of them, either, I would say blinders are a pretty bad idea because of the risk of this happening.



At March 28, 2009 at 9:22 PM, Blogger Reddunappy said...

OH my g** I seen that on another blog,(not fugly) horrible!! makes me not want to learn to drive!

At March 29, 2009 at 9:06 AM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

I only got to see the first few minutes, before the video died, but I can spot two things I would have done differently. First of all, the stray carts should have been pulled in to the judges stand so that no more carts could be tipped over by them. Secondly, running around in white coats and screaming whoa while trying to grab one rein of a horse moving at that speed is fruitless. Everyone should have pulled in tight in the center of the arena and kept quiet until the first horse settled down. I feel so bad for the horses and people who were crashed into and knocked down.

At March 30, 2009 at 10:39 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Pam, it really is awful, isn't it? I was almost crying as I watched, I was so aware of the horses' fear.

NM, I completely agree with you on what they should have done. For her part the announcer really was trying -- she kept trying to tell everyone to keep quiet, leave the spooked horses alone, and get all the horses into the middle of the arena.

However, don't forget that there's only so much of the white coats and running around that these horses could see, because of the blinders. I think they were scared more by the screaming and the brief glimpses of things than anything else.


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