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Rotating Hobby Horse Target Shooting

ride and shoot at the fairground
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In many of the great Westerns, a cowboy or Indian will at some stage be seen clinging underneath a galloping horse as he fires bullets/arrows at his adversary.

Rotating Hobby Horse Target Shooting, allows the thrill seeking fairground visitor to have the same experience.

Instead of one of those high-tech cars on rails, this one features a more traditional type of hobby horse with a saddle, into which the rider is secured. They are also equipped with a tethered replica Winchester rifle. A train of riders on their mechanical horses then takes off on a circuitous journey.

The horses are of course suspended from an overhead rail, which leads them at varying speeds through thrilling landscapes; leaping rushing rapids; narrowly missing overhanging rocks, and dizzying gaps on the trail.

Every so often there are targets to be shot at, and to add to the thrill, the saddles, complete with rider, rotate under the horse.

At the end of the ride, each participant is given their score card, along with a souvenir photo taken automatically of them hanging under their mechanical steed, rifle firing.

xenzag, May 22 2012


       That sounds like fun, I'd buy a ticket. When will you be releasing the base jumping version?
normzone, May 22 2012

       This would be fun, and quite an adventure. (Except for the rotating saddle, I could do without that having been under a horse on a saddle for real).
blissmiss, May 22 2012

       Sounds great, except for the "horse" part.   

       Nasty, smelly, expensive, dangerous things <wanders off, mumbling>
8th of 7, May 22 2012

       You can have a broomstick instead.
xenzag, May 22 2012

       I have never entirely understood the idea of hanging under a horse whilst shooting. I presume the idea is that the inverted rider is shielded from counterfire, but shirley the enemy has only to shoot the horse?
MaxwellBuchanan, May 22 2012

       It's a good ploy. You don't shoot a riderless enemy horse, that's booty.   

       //enemy horse, that's booty//   

       I hope you mean 'booty' in the old sense of the word [2 Fries]
AusCan531, May 23 2012


       You mistake centaurian for centurion just once and they never let you hear the end of it...   

       I suspect a real horse would take a dim view of a real rifle going off underneath him or her.
normzone, May 24 2012

       Horses can be trained to become accustomed to loud, sudden noises, even gunfire. There are very well- established methods of doing so, which have been practiced by military and civilian horse people since the widespread proliferation of firearms. Today, it's commonly called 'bombproofing' (at least that's what they call it around here). It starts with thrashing newspapers and banging trashcan lids, progressing to louder and more startling things, like tractors and pickup trucks driving around in circles.   

       As a gun person who knows a number of horse people, I've occasionally (a 1/2-dozen times in my life) assisted in the final stage of advanced bombproofing: standing a few yards from a mostly- bombproof horse and firing blanks from a 30.06 or similarly loud gun (some of these people own guns as well, but they ask me to do it because I'm trained and certified in range safety; I guess there are legal issues when training somebody else's horse). The horse doesn't particularly like it, but it doesn't go completely berzerk and kick somebody in half before bolting for the horizon.   

       I have it on good authority, however, that not all horses can be bombproofed.
Alterother, May 24 2012

       I was on once when it heard what it thought was a snake in the grass, when the grass moved ever so slightly. Bucked up and ran like a bat out of hell. I don't think it would like bombs going off, just sayin...
blissmiss, May 24 2012

       My limited experience with horses would tend to confirm that those which have not undergone the bombproof training can be explosively unpredictable. One of my father's vet school profs prefaced every horsey curriculum with the reminder that "a horse is a thousand pounds of shit mounted on four deadly weapons."
Alterother, May 25 2012


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