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   Undertoad  Wednesday Sep 21 09:34 AM

9/21/2005: Fighting horses



In a WaPo image not found by xoB (I look through there occasionally), here we have "the Miao people in Rongshui celebrating the mid-autumn festival". Apparently halfway through a season is reason enough to get two hosses to battle it out. I didn't know they would do this on cue.

It's sad, and a waste. And these shots always give me pause - am I part of the problem, in a sense, by promoting this image because it's so wild? Is the photographer part of the problem, in a sense, by capturing the perfect shot while the one horse's mane is flying in the air like some sort of Trojan?

Either way, there are a few such fighting animal shots in the archive. The last time, it was sheep.



Hobbs  Wednesday Sep 21 10:24 AM

I want to see these horses put in boxing gloves and maybe some little horsey boxing trunks; Let's make this a little more civilized.


I realize that in the U.S., we have our problems with cockfights (that one was for lumberjim) and dog fights, but I am always amazed at how most of the images that show animals ripping eachother up while a happy crowd looks on appears to be from the Asian region. Different sensibility, different sense of what is entertaining. And we think we have it bad here in the U.S. with Jerry Springer and reality T.V.



Trilby  Wednesday Sep 21 11:25 AM

This just makes me sad.



wolf  Wednesday Sep 21 11:32 AM

Stallions fight anyway.



Hobbs  Wednesday Sep 21 02:42 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by wolf
Stallions fight anyway.
There's a difference between fighting for territory or females,and fighting for the entertainment of others. Yeah, they fight and sometimes to the death, but only when the situation dictates it's necessity.


mrnoodle  Wednesday Sep 21 03:02 PM

Actually they fight whenever they get a chance. Allthough the arena and opportunity was staged, they'd be acting the same way even if no one was watching.

Not excusing the spectacle, but horses do it for the same reason as the guys on Ultimate Fighting Championship -- to show who's got the biggest huevos.



barefoot serpent  Wednesday Sep 21 03:40 PM

it's not just for entertainment -- I'm sure that there is some serious wagering going on.



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Sep 21 08:53 PM

I considered sending this picture because of the beauty of the horses in motion. After downloading it, I had second thoughts..... people complaining about depressing animal pictures, lately.
Noodle and Wolf are right.....this is what stallions do.



capnhowdy  Wednesday Sep 21 09:05 PM

damn.. these animals are acting like......PEOPLE.



dar512  Wednesday Sep 21 09:42 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by capnhowdy
damn.. these animals are acting like......PEOPLE.
Ok. Now you're just being insulting.


capnhowdy  Wednesday Sep 21 10:29 PM

no.... I was tuned to 440......



wolf  Thursday Sep 22 01:47 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hobbs
Yeah, they fight and sometimes to the death, but only when the situation dictates it's necessity.
As I recall, stallions don't fight to the death. They do fight to defeat, and whatever the horse equivalent of humiliation is, but rarely, if ever, to the death.


xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Sep 22 08:38 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by dar512
Ok. Now you're just being insulting.
To the horses.


dar512  Thursday Sep 22 09:48 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce
To the horses.
Exactly.


capnhowdy  Thursday Sep 22 03:56 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by dar512
Exactly.
ok.... my bad.


Bitman  Thursday Sep 22 04:56 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad
there are a few such fighting animal shots in the archive.
I find it odd that you're quoting precedent. Has The Cellar grown so powerful that even it's creator has lost control?


xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Sep 22 08:52 PM

Of course not silly....that was an assignment...a quest. How many fighting critter pictures can you find in the IOtD archives?
Gives the newbies a history lesson and a better appreciation for all the hard work UT has done for them.



wolf  Friday Sep 23 02:22 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bitman
I find it odd that you're quoting precedent. Has The Cellar grown so powerful that even it's creator has lost control?
Think of UT as more of a Mentor, shepherd, and general dogsbody.

(I do not know what a general dogsbody actually does, but it sounded good.)


Undertoad  Friday Sep 23 08:37 AM

Am. Heritage Dictionary sez Dogsbody: Chiefly British Slang One who does menial work; a drudge.

Yah



wolf  Friday Sep 23 12:10 PM

I actually prefer to think of you as a "man of all work."



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