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WI_DEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 09:33 AM
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Presidents on horses
Theodore Roosevelt:


William Howard Taft:


Calvin Coolidge:


Lyndon Johnson:


Ronald Reagan:


Bill Clinton:


George W. Bush:
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JackintheGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 09:35 AM
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1. Grace in motion!
You know what I'm talking about. Thanks for the laugh.
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madmax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 09:37 AM
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2. Typical of everything the moron does. nt
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thereismore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 09:38 AM
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3. Is that a real photo of W? And who is he stepping on? nt
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WI_DEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 09:39 AM
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4. I don't know, I found it under presidents and horses, I think it's Jeb.
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thereismore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 09:46 AM
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5. I know W is deathly afraid of horses. Never expected to see him actually (trying to) get on one. nt
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 09:57 AM
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7. maybe that is the incident that made him afraid
looks like a drunk about to get in a wreck
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immoderate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 11:57 AM
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26. Looks like Tony Blair.
--imm
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cherokeeprogressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 12:13 PM
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31. LOL no. Here's a snip from the website that hosts the picture...
"Is that George W Bush using Tony Blair as a stepping stool onto a horse?! Well, it may appear so, but this is in fact the magical work of photographer and artists Alison Jackson who creates political and media commentaries through convincing pictures, videos, and installation. Her pieces raise the question of authenticity of the media and what we should and should not believe. The funny part about her work is that rather than initially being only a remark to the media, it became the center of the medias attention, revoking at her for making false image statements, only to counter her artist statement about how the media create several false stories."

Go to the link below and scroll down.

http://www.designverb.com/2006/08/
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amandabeech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 12:19 PM
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33. Tony Blair. n/t
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 09:55 AM
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6. as somebody that has been around horses all my life, I have to say
Bill looks pretty doofy.

not as much as the drunken idiot, but still... :rofl:

no "seat", stirrups way too short, hell saddle is too small all together, reins uneven, pants riding up his boots
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Motown_Johnny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 10:01 AM
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9. Ronnie has his pants inside his boots (the only one)
Is that "Hollywood Style" or something?
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GoCubsGo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 10:09 AM
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11. LOL! I'm rather surprised at that one.
Cowboy Reagan in English riding gear. How did that one get by the macho wingnuts?
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lukasahero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 12:28 PM
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37. I noticed that, too
I would have expected to see him in Western gear. Who knew?
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csziggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 10:19 AM
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14. Ronnie is wearing English boots - but W has his pants inside his boots
Edited on Thu Feb-10-11 10:22 AM by csziggy
And he, as is typical, just looks stupid.

ETA - In fact, Teddy Roosevelt and Taft both have their pants tucked into their boots. Teddy is wearing high English style riding boots, but Taft's are shorter than normal for those. Taft's calves may have been too fat for high boots, though, and the short ones may have been a compromise.
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 10:31 AM
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16. english saddle and probably english boots
although they kind of look like aussie shin guards (no idea the proper term)
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EyeofRamen Donating Member (36 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 11:23 AM
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19. Hell, the horse looks too small for him, too!
:rofl:

I've ridden for many years, myself. :hi:
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 11:54 AM
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22. looks like an Arab
before they got ruined by rich idiots they were good, stout little horses - more strength and stamina than many other breeds
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Frustratedlady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 10:01 AM
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8. This should have a warning!!!
I nearly blew tea all over my desk.

Thanks for the morning chuckles.
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TwilightGardener Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 10:03 AM
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10. Gotta feel bad for Taft's horse.
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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 10:14 AM
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12. Taft's horse doesn't even have its ears back. Amazing how strong it is!
It really is a beauty under Taft's heft.
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TwilightGardener Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 10:20 AM
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15. Yep, it's a strikingly handsome horse.
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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 10:14 AM
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13. I was thinking the SAME thing. I'm all for BBP's (Big Beautiful Presidents) but Taft's a...
...back-breaker. And man that black horse he is on is like one of the most badass horses I've ever seen. If that horse were alive today, he'd be playing with Lou Reed.

PB
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 10:36 AM
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17. a fat rider with a good seat is less problem than a shitty rider who weighs less
it's about the motion

horses are damn strong and can carry 200+lbs of dead weight easy, a good rider no problem
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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 11:21 AM
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18. Even a rider who is 300+ pounds?
According to this site, Taft weighed over 300 pounds when he was in office. The horse doesn't look stressed in the photo. But I wondered about horses in general.

http://www.doctorzebra.com/prez/z_x27weighs335_g.htm
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 11:52 AM
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21. good rider + sound horse + well fitted saddle
shouldn't be a problem at all
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TwilightGardener Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 11:56 AM
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24. Yeah, I've heard that. I'm still pretty sure a horse--or ANY animal--doesn't want
to carry around a 300 pounder. Or a 200 pounder. Or anyone, for that matter. The fact that we train them to accept and tolerate this doesn't mean the animal is overjoyed at the prospect.
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 12:26 PM
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36. you haven't ridden much (any?) have you?
horses are like working dogs - good ones need a job and love to do what they are bred for.

not to say there aren't lazy, or asshole horses out there, or spoiled ruined ones
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TwilightGardener Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 12:31 PM
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38. Yep, I have. Took lessons, rode on friend's horses. I never got the impression that
they particularly loved anything beyond grazing on weeds and going back to the barn. I don't think they're much like dogs, at all. I think they tolerate everything we trained them to do, and may feel affection for their owners...but that's about it.
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 02:17 PM
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40. pardon, but that doesn't sound like much
if you ever get a chance to ride a good cow horse doing its job, take it - your lack of experience will be no impediment to the work!

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Skidmore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 11:24 AM
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20. Isn't * afraid of horses?
I have a vague recollection of reading that once.
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mainer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 11:56 AM
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23. So do I.
That's why you never see any photos of him on a horse.
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 11:57 AM
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25. Was expecting the series to end with Obama riding some poor person's back. nt
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 12:25 PM
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RedCloud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 11:59 AM
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27. So there is a Hell worse than the glue factory for horses!
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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 12:04 PM
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28. I'd love to know the story behind the pic of LBJ
From the image it looks like he just saw a pony he liked and decided to give it a try.
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 12:08 PM
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30. Gorgeous horse -- palomino Arabian.
They don't come much prettier than that.
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 12:06 PM
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29. Thoughts:
Edited on Thu Feb-10-11 12:07 PM by Arugula Latte
Dubya -- BWAAAAA! It looks like he's going to wind up backwards on the horse. What a dumbass.

Taft -- Poor horse. First of all, Taft was no lightweight. Secondly, he's using a severe bit with a double rein that keeps the horse's neck uncomfortably arched. Yuck.

Reagan -- Using an English saddle! What an effecte European thing to do! Why doesn't he use a cowboy saddle? Does he hate Amurika?! :sarcasm:
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rasputin1952 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 12:14 PM
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32. A few things here...
there are no bullets in bush's holster belt, (Barney Fife moment?); the only thing Reagan did right, was not put on jodphurs, oh wait, he did, just not the big hip ones;
Grant and Lincoln were excellent equestrians, (Grant being the better). Of course, back then that's what people used for transportation.

From what I've read, Eisenhower was skilled at horse riding...and although never president, Patton won an Olympic medal for an equestrian event, (I forget what you call it, but it's some kind of "horse dancing").
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Guy Whitey Corngood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 12:23 PM
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34. Oops wrong place
Edited on Thu Feb-10-11 12:33 PM by Guy Whitey Corngood
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Guy Whitey Corngood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-10-11 12:33 PM
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39. Since you didn't specify "US" presidents I'll add this one for the ladies.
Sorry ya'll he's taken. :evilgrin:

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