r/Damnthatsinteresting Oct 01 '22 Wholesome 2

Horse Diving Sport in 1923 Video

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u/PathRepresentative77 Oct 01 '22

...why?

Also, how do you even train a horse to do that?

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u/jbcraigs Oct 01 '22

And how was the jump scored? What would be considered a good or a bad jump?

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u/TheBoondoggleSaints Oct 01 '22

I don’t think these were diving competitions. I believe they were part of a traveling Wild West show. Supposedly the horses were never forced to jump but I’m sure they were mostly always strongly encouraged to. I don’t quite understand what the draw is to watching a horse and rider jump into a pool of water but it must have been popular enough at the time to warrant making it part of the show.

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u/Apeiro_phobiac Oct 02 '22

I will say this, yes you can force a horse to jump. But in my experience, you are more than likely going to be thrown off that horse before it will ever jump. Even the best trained horse in the world won’t do something if they don’t feel it is safe. So I’m willing to believe that the horses enjoyed this to an extent. I of course could be wrong, so please don’t come at me. I’m just talking from personal experience with many different horses at varying points in training.