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Thu Aug 2, 2012, 09:22 AM

OLYMPICS---Annie's prancing horse is on LIVE on MSNBC.

No spoilers from me, but if you are near a TV.....

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Response to MADem (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 09:26 AM

1. Has dressage ever been broadcast live before?

I'll bet there are at least -- dozens -- of people who are interested in it.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 09:28 AM

4. NBC is doing a lot of live broadcasting today--not just Annie's Horsie...!

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I know Annie is in the stands but I didn't see her....


They're running swimming quals on the network station. Michael Phelps is swimming NOW 10 am...

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Response to MADem (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 09:26 AM

2. It dances so pretty!

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Response to Firebrand Gary (Reply #2)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 09:30 AM

6. It dances better than Mittsy sings, that's for sure.

I'd wager more Republicans would rather vote for the horse than the Twitty Shittster!

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Response to MADem (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 09:27 AM

3. OMG, the horse is doing pirouettes!

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Response to Firebrand Gary (Reply #3)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 09:30 AM

5. A 360 head spin!!!

Those other horses got SERVED!

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Response to Curtland1015 (Reply #5)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 09:37 AM

10. Ha ha ha! nt

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Response to MADem (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 09:31 AM

7. The horse did great!

It would have been better if I had not known it belonged to the Romneys.

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Response to kentuck (Reply #7)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 09:38 AM

11. It'll probably be named as the VP....nt

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Response to MADem (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 09:33 AM

8. I didn't even know horses could do double time-steps. nt

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Response to MADem (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 09:34 AM

9. Shakin' her groove thang to a soundtrack personally chosen by Mitt the Uninterested.

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Response to MADem (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 09:45 AM

12. has it taken a shit on the stage yet?

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Response to MADem (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 09:50 AM

13. New on Fox This Fall: "So, You Think That Your Horse Can Dance?" n/t

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Response to MADem (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 09:55 AM

14. I'm watching dressage now, but must have missed the Romney horse.It is beautiful to see these horses

perform though, and admittedly they have to demonstrate incredible teamwork with the rider. So, for all that dismiss this out-of-hand, I think they are missing a lot. It evolved from ancient times-- when command of horse by rider in war meant the difference in survival.

I urge DUers who are put off--simply by the Romney association-- to watch, nonetheless. But, yes, it is evidence of incredible shit loads of money. Those horses, their gear and training are incredibly expensive--not to mention the cost of travel. Whew.

I just LOOOOOVE these horses! Incredibly beautiful animals.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #14)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 09:57 AM

15. +1. Couldn't have said it better... nt

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Response to MADem (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 10:07 AM

16. Ann Romney's fancy sport of dressage not so good for the horse

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Response to Sedona (Reply #16)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 10:11 AM

17. That's illegal. Are there some animal trainers in all areas who do things wrong? Dog trainers,

dolphin trainers - whatever? Of course. But just like horse sports, they are rare. Overflexing is illegal and if a trainer is caught the penalties are severe.

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Response to Sedona (Reply #16)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 10:32 AM

18. Far be it from me to suggest that I have any "skill" in reading a horse's mind.

I don't.

So this is just pure, unvarnished, and admittedly uninformed opinion.

I got the sense that those horses do that prancing/dancing shit out of loyalty, repetition/training, and a paucity of options. I didn't get the sense that they "liked" it or that it "mimicked play." I am not perceiving joy or abandon in their efforts--it ain't like throwing frisbees at the border collie.

It looks like work to me, replete with tension and drama and high stakes.

Sure, they get pats and praise when they "do good," but they'd better do good...!

I wouldn't call it torture, but it does not look like Yee Haw fun.

That Canadian horse wasn't having ANY of it. He got through the dressage portion but when it came to the running and jumping, he wasn't having fun. Maybe he was annoyed at being named "Gin and Juice" and decided to show 'em what a drunken rampage looks like...?
http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/eh-game/equestrienne-hawley-bennett-awad-stable-being-thrown-off-163148413.html


But hey, DU delivers again--ya learn something new every day here!! I never knew horsies had AIR BAGS!!! Wouldn't Christopher Reeve have liked one of those things...

Air vest inflated before impact
McGregor credited an inflatable safety vest attached to the rider's saddle with preventing a more severe injury.

The air vest triggers when a rider is thrown from his or her mount, and operates much like a car air bag. It is a standard precaution for all competing riders.




Hawley Bennett-Awad and her horse, Gin & Juice, compete in the equestrian dressage on Saturday. She was injured in competition Monday. (David Goldman/Associated Press)
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2012/08/01/injured-equestrian-discharged.html

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