Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Wondering Wednesday

One, two, three, four. Legs together. Front legs lifts. As the weigh shifts gradually to the back, muscles of hind legs harden up. With a firm push against the ground, all the weighs lift from the ground. Focusing on the hurdle in front, front legs curl up as much as possible to avoid the obstructing bar. As the hind legs leave the ground, the momentum provided by the jump carries all weighs to the top of the obstacles. For a brief moment, all weigh are floating in the air. Effortless. As the momentum dies down, the weighs starts their downward motion. Front legs stretch towards the landing spot. Touch down. As the rest of the body follows through, front legs bends slightly to cushion off the fall. Hind legs come together again with front legs. With another push by hind legs, the horse is ready to conquer another obstacle.

One down. Ten to go.

All the works within less than 2 seconds, and with an extra dead weigh of 60 or 70 kg on its back.

Have you ever wonder, with all the hard works done by the beautiful animals, why does the medal of the Equestrian event go to the one with two legs, who does nothing but just sit there, looking pretty? Doesn’t anybody notice? The horse has a neck to hang the medal too?


Theresa said...

Considering that there is over 1200 pounds plus the momentum falling on two front legs, it is completely amazing how athletic horses are. I watched my own horse jump a 5' pasture fence from a standstill right next to it! Amazing! I've jumped a few very small jumps on a horse, and the power you feel is like nothing you've ever felt before. Horses are truly awesome animals.

Nick Phillips said...

You know, you have an absolutely interesting point there! It's not like as if it's all that difficult to make an additional medal for the poor horse, right?

Bond said...

I went Olympics today also

- c H i E n - said...

I love watching equestrian, love watching the horses jump gracefully. But sometimes I sympathize them because I wonder how much cruelty and sufferings they have been through.

Surely, to be able to train these animals like these, humans must have exercise some cruelty on them. Yea, you've got nice point! The riders have nothing to do with the competition. Maybe a little, but just a tiny little small role.


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