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Riderless Horse Race

Like greyhound racing, only bigger.
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Start with the image of a greyhound racing track. Make the oval bigger. Make the traps bigger. Replace the 'rabbit' with a 'carrot'. Train horses that like to run, but don't like carrying jockeys to chase the 'carrot'.
st3f, Oct 17 2003

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       Horses, being herbivores, don't have to pursue their prey to eat. The grass doesn't run from them so training them to "chase" a carrot would be difficult.   

       However, as they are animals of prey, training them to run from something in pursuit of them would not be difficult. Perhaps a stuffed Mountain Lion with the correct scents and sound effects would suffice.
Native Dancer, Oct 17 2003
  

       but the riderless horse in a standard race always seems to continue to run. What's the incentive there? Maybe horses just like running in which case [st3f] has an idea.
jonthegeologist, Oct 17 2003
  

       I, for one, would enjoy a herd (is it a herd of horses?) of horses fleeing from a stuffed mountain lion complete with computer generated 'roars'. I would be roaring with laughter.
DaGreengo, Oct 17 2003
  

       I think wild horses like running in groups - which wouldn't make for a very exciting race.
hippo, Oct 17 2003
  

       I've always wondered why live horses aren't that sticky. Think of the money you'd save on saddles. And horseboxes - you could just stick them to the side of a van.
lostdog, Oct 17 2003
  

       Can we race jockeys without horses instead?
MrKangaroo, Oct 17 2003
  

       Today I watched sheep race over jumps, to the sound of bagpipes. They had been taught that at the end of the race there would be buckets of grain waiting, so they raced their daggy little numbered bottoms off.   

       I think this could work for horses too, as mine will come galloping from out of sight at the sound of a banging bucket, but the risk of injury would be far too great, as they would most likely be trying to meet eachother, which involves a lot of squealing and throwing of hooves, flirt, which involves deep snorts, prancing and smelling of knees, and establish some sort of pecking order on the way, which could involve all of the above.
Helium, Oct 18 2003
  

       quite right, Helium, dangerous business. I love the idea of a rabbit race. a greyhound in pursuit and a fast-moving carrot leading the way..
po, Oct 18 2003
  

       All you need is a giggling baby and you'd have the theme to Teletubbies.
Helium, Oct 18 2003
  

       I'll have to try Greyhound instead of Turkey on Thanksgiving.
thumbwax, Oct 18 2003
  

       The jockeys should have to carry Shetland ponies to make it fair.   

       Horses in general usually want to be first, second, or anyplace else.   

       I've owned mounts that wanted to be second, a great thing. I've ridden mounts that wanted to be first, either a great or a terrifying thing, depending on the horse and your (my) skill level.   

       [UnaBubba], get your ass back in here.
normzone, Oct 16 2007
  

       [norm] this idea's about horse racing, not ass racing.
hippo, Oct 16 2007
  
      
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