Synchronized Horses

 

synchronized-horses

Took this image recently and was amazed how these two horses are so in sync. Almost looks too perfect to believe

 

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2 responses to “Synchronized Horses

  1. Hello, Don….

    Just spent two weeks in Holmes County, Ohio, on eastern border with W. Va. And Pennsylvania. Amish and Old Order Mennonites live there; it’s the largest and densest concentration of Amish and Mennonite folks outside Pa. (Indiana is the 3rd largest, followed by northern Wisconsin).

    I mention because I was helping my older sister work on doing business with woodworking folks. I met several really friendly and resourceful men who do quite a lot of business with my sister’s husband. We were filling in for him while he was recovering from a nasty infection.

    One of the fellows does all the FedEx shipping for my brother in law. We got to talking and I mentioned to him that in all my years of being in Amish country, I’d only seen trotters –until THAT day– when I’d seen two pacers on the road. He found it interesting that I knew about standardbred horses. Told him that I loved going to the races. He told me that almost all horses that Amishmen buy have been bred, trained and used as racing stock. He added that Amishmen buy them when they either fail to have promise as racers OR have aged out of competition.

    He told me that his current road horse had belonged to a fellow named George Steinbrenner, former NY Yankees owner. Had shown promise , but never could win at eastern tracks.

    He told me that a horse trained to race has intense need to pass any other horse he comes to from behind. Said his current cHallenge was keeping thenSteinbrenner horse from ever getting his nose left of center of the road as it came up behind another horse and buggy. Said that if he couldn’t muscle him into remaining single file and into following position that it was impossible from keeping him/her from hitting passing gear and making a race of it. And the few times the Steinbrenner horse had gotten into the passing lanes the other horse had got the competitive juices flowing and then there’s a race, on-coming traffic be damned.t

    On the subject of synchronous gaits, it seems that the training for a team, along with the tack , naturally lead the two horses to synchronize their gait. The sounds of hoof-on-road is easy for a horse to match to the other of the pair. If they do not naturally synchronize, they’ll feel the drag of being off the beat. It’s like salsa dancing; the moves come naturally–once you get the beat in your head AND your feet.

    Keep sending those photos, Don; we love ’em.

    Uncle Jim and aunt Sandy.

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