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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????

blondefriend Sat 06-Apr-13 22:23:41

Note to self - next time bet on the horse my Disney Princess obsessed daughter choses.

BTW I used to own an ex-racehorse. She used to just run and run for the love of it. If I tried to stop her she would buck until I fell, run around the field and when finished she would come back to me and expect me to get back on to take her home.

Twattybollocks Sat 06-Apr-13 22:16:21

I found it hilarious that some of the loose horses suddenly veered off to the rails when the grooms rattled the feed buckets. Also the ones who are running with the others and then swerve around the fences. Like "I'm quite happy running but I ain't jumping that Thankyou very much! "

Bowlersarm Sat 06-Apr-13 21:56:06

That would be sweet. It makes it happier for me that all the riderless horses jump therefore they must like it

ParadiseChick Sat 06-Apr-13 21:54:33

I had 2.50 each way on him.

I didn't realise I hadn't won anything until dh pointed it out.

sweetiepie1979 Sat 06-Apr-13 21:47:19

I'm do pleased to see this thread, I was so user that that poor horse didn't come second! He did so well, I think there should be a prize for the horse. What a winner. It brought a tear to my eye. Dh couldn't believe I was been do silly! I'm with you OP what can we do about it?

babyradio Sat 06-Apr-13 19:25:53

My horse refused a jump today, owes me a bloody fiver grin

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

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

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.

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

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

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 19:02:21

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!

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.

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

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

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

Fantastic result

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

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

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.

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

I think I live in your bubble claimed grin

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

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.

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

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.

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!

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

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

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