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Grand National think that the horse...

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HoHoHoNoYouDont Sat 06-Apr-13 16:27:37

...that came in second without a jockey deserves a prize of it's own.

I noticed a couple had lost their jockey this year. Do the horses carry on running because they're scared, enjoying running with the others????

YouTheCat Sat 06-Apr-13 16:29:14

I was dead chuffed that most of the one's that went actually lost their riders rather than fell. I only saw one horse fall (not a bad one) and that was dp's from the work sweepstake.

Sparklingbrook Sat 06-Apr-13 16:29:16

I love the riderless horses. They look like they are enjoying the freedom. smile

WorraLiberty Sat 06-Apr-13 16:30:04

Imagine how frustrating it must be for the people who bet on that horse grin

I think they carry on because they're pack animals and it's instinctive.

HoHoHoNoYouDont Sat 06-Apr-13 16:30:50

That's what I thought too * Sparkling*.

D0oinMeCleanin Sat 06-Apr-13 16:31:05

Nope, not enjoying it. Horses are herd animals, when they are frightened they will stay with the herd for protection.

HeySoulSister Sat 06-Apr-13 16:31:10

the riderless horses are often the ones that get killed.....look at the stats for those euthanised

Sparklingbrook Sat 06-Apr-13 16:31:58

Did you see the two riderless horses that carried on a bit then just gave up? Like 'nah, won't jump any more'. grin

ClaimedByMe Sat 06-Apr-13 16:32:07

That horse brought a tear to my eye, he was doing it for himself no one was whipping him and he came second!

HoHoHoNoYouDont Sat 06-Apr-13 16:32:38

I saw two break away from the group to the side. I imagine they would have been rounded up. I hope they weren't too distressed then.

Sparklingbrook Sat 06-Apr-13 16:33:01

I said that claimed but DH said it was lighter, that's why it came second. grin

ClaimedByMe Sat 06-Apr-13 16:34:37

Your DH is probably right but I like happy horses running free in my own little bubble.

catgirl1976 Sat 06-Apr-13 16:35:42

They enjoy it and they are herd animals

But without the weight of a jockey it's a bit easier smile

HoHoHoNoYouDont Sat 06-Apr-13 16:35:53

I think I live in your bubble claimed grin

muffinino82 Sat 06-Apr-13 16:36:18

The rider less horse looked as if he was having the time of his life! grin

The winner look as if he could go around again, lovely to see.

All home safe, by the way.

YouTheCat Sat 06-Apr-13 16:36:40

All horses safe and sound and that is the main thing.

catgirl1976 Sat 06-Apr-13 16:37:33

Fantastic result

twinklesparkles Sat 06-Apr-13 18:47:08

I wonder if the horse on his own couldve won without the jockey??

I'm glad he didn't... Cos it means I did !!! Yay! Auroras encore :D

Maat Sat 06-Apr-13 18:57:23

I like watching the riderless horses.

Some carried on jumping the fences but one or two went round the side but still stayed with the race. Crafty that ! grin

ChaoticTranquility Sat 06-Apr-13 19:00:50

I like Claim's bubble too smile

Very smart of them Maat but then again I've always believed horses to be intelligent creatures.

I'm just glad all the horses are safe and well.

jennywren45 Sat 06-Apr-13 19:02:21

They enjoy it and like to run with the herd.

As has been noted, a couple pulled up so if they don't want to run riderless, they won't!

Maat Sat 06-Apr-13 19:03:50

A horse can also refuse to jump a fence, even with a jockey.

A few did.

jennywren45 Sat 06-Apr-13 19:05:26

Oh, ain;t that the truth, maat stares hard at DHorse.

midori1999 Sat 06-Apr-13 19:08:51

They enjoy it. In fact, they love it. Horses in any situation, beach ride, horse race, cross country etc love to run, it's usually stopping them that's the problem... They are herd animals And yes, they're more likely to keep running if there's a group, but they're certainly not scared.

Sparklingbrook Sat 06-Apr-13 19:22:26

I would like to see a race with just riderless horses. grin

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