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Thu Aug 2, 2012, 12:38 PM

BTW that fancy horse that the Romneys have in the Olympics - wasn't even an American horse

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/02/ann-romney-rafalca_n_1732429.html?utm_hp_ref=2012-summer-olympics

LONDON Ann Romney said Thursday her horse Rafalca "thrilled me to death" with a solid performance at the Olympics, where the U.S. presidential campaign crossed paths with the equestrian sport of dressage at Greenwich Park.

The 15-year-old, German-bred mare has been the source of political jokes and Democratic ads questioning how U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney can presume to know the problems of ordinary Americans when he inhabits the rarefied world of dressage.

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Reply BTW that fancy horse that the Romneys have in the Olympics - wasn't even an American horse (Original post)
LynneSin Aug 2012 OP
larkrake Aug 2012 #1
justabob Aug 2012 #2
Bucky Aug 2012 #3
justabob Aug 2012 #4
msongs Aug 2012 #5
justabob Aug 2012 #6
SoCalDem Aug 2012 #10
justabob Aug 2012 #13
SoCalDem Aug 2012 #14
justabob Aug 2012 #15
SoCalDem Aug 2012 #16
justabob Aug 2012 #18
SoCalDem Aug 2012 #19
justabob Aug 2012 #20
antigone382 Aug 2012 #17
Bake Aug 2012 #8
Historic NY Aug 2012 #7
Buns_of_Fire Aug 2012 #9
SoCalDem Aug 2012 #11
HopeHoops Aug 2012 #12

Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 12:43 PM

1. none of the horses are. Most are German or Dutch in the games

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 12:50 PM

2. so what?

The breeds that we fancy here aren't right build for the events in the Olympics.

I hate the Romneys as much as anyone.... this obsession with the horse is nuts.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 12:53 PM

3. There are perfectly good dressage horses bred in Alabama

Anyway, this OP smacks of immigrant bashing. I'm reporting Lynne to the mods.

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Response to Bucky (Reply #3)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 12:56 PM

4. the gene pool for warm bloods is still deeper in Europe

Some are bred here, but more are bred there. It just doesn't matter where the animals come from.

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Response to justabob (Reply #4)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 01:21 PM

5. it matters if your political campaign is based on America first and best, foreign = bad nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #5)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 01:24 PM

6. fair enough

but there is still so much other, better stuff to attack them for.

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Response to justabob (Reply #4)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 02:42 PM

10. There are "cold-bloods" ? Somehow that kind might suit the Romneys better

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Response to SoCalDem (Reply #10)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 03:09 PM

13. indeed, but if you are interested:

cold bloods are the big strong guys.... clydesdales, percherons and the other draught horses
hot bloods are the light, fast ones.... arabians, thoroughbreds and others
warm bloods came from a mix of the first two... oldenburgs, selle francais, hanoverians, trakehners, and others

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Response to justabob (Reply #13)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 03:15 PM

14. My friend breeds Arabians..

ALL horses are beautiful..

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Response to SoCalDem (Reply #14)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 03:26 PM

15. it's true

I wish I still had one. I rode growing up and through my teens.... quarter horse. He was the BEST.

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Response to justabob (Reply #15)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 03:29 PM

16. I rode beach ponies as a kid

They were ornery as hell..no saddles..only a rope halter.. what a wild ride...sometimes they would decide to cool off & head into the ocean..

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Response to SoCalDem (Reply #16)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 03:35 PM

18. ponies are something else

They are like terriers in the dog world. Lots of attitude and mischievousness, but great fun.

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Response to justabob (Reply #18)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 03:36 PM

19. until they buck you off (in a sandy swimsuit) and then they run off into the jungle

we spent many hours chasing them down..

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Response to SoCalDem (Reply #19)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 03:43 PM

20. haha yeah, I bet

When I first started riding. I was on a pony and we were out in the field waiting for our turn at whatever we were doing. I was sitting all straight with tight reins etc and Prince, the pony, decided he'd like a nip of grass. He jerked his head down for a bite and flung me right over his head onto the ground, and hightailed it back to the barn. Not my proudest moment riding... or falling off. hahaha

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Response to SoCalDem (Reply #10)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 03:32 PM

17. Aww, but cold bloods are gentle giants!

When I was growing up we had a pair of black Percherons--both were trained for pulling wagons, and one was trained for riding. They were beautiful, noble, intelligent, and often very funny animals.

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Response to Bucky (Reply #3)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 02:05 PM

8. Better watch out, Bucky!

LynneSin is NOT to be messed with!





Bake

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 01:29 PM

7. Sheesh...first it was his gardners & now the horse.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 02:41 PM

9. I must admit, though, I'd never seen a horse do an Arabesque,

immediately followed by a pirouette, a triple moo-cow, and a spinning headstand going into a double-axel. It's a shame the rider and two of the judges got trampled in the process (they're all okay), but it was one hell of a routine.

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Response to Buns_of_Fire (Reply #9)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 02:43 PM

11. I'm waiting for the equine balance beam.. what time is that one on?

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 02:59 PM

12. Nah, a US horse would be just "too American" for rMoney.

 

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