Ostrich Racing

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Ostrich Racing
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Since we have a post about ostriches I thought maybe it would be interesting to post a picture of me riding one. For 2 years at the Channel City Horse Show in the early 1960s, I rode in the ostrich races, a mid-show entertainment. 

In this photo I am dismounting, the only way to get on is to hop from their backside and getting off you slide down the back. They kick to the side and can really be quite dangerous. Here I am wearing chaps, I'd just shown an Appaloosa in a Pleasure Horse class. My friend Margaret Vacin is the other rider.

Another edhat reader found this flyer of the same horse show a few years earlier.

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420722 Sep 18, 2017 06:43 PM
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Flicka I forgot to say thanks for sharing this photo and my commment wasn't trying to put you down or anything. There are a lot of things we humans used to do that no longer make sense and I guess this is one of them but nonetheless it's an interesting photo :)

a-1511401899 Sep 18, 2017 08:54 PM
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722 by my observations a lot of your are sort of mean . thats totally ok. none of us are totally alike. I learn from you. Baaa haa . Shallowly Deep I know.

Flicka Sep 18, 2017 12:44 PM
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I totally agree it is not a good idea to use these birds for such "entertainment". Glad it's not done anymore. I was young and when Frank Jordano, the show manager, asked me to ride I agreed. You get on from the back. Two ring stewards held them by a leather strap which we grabbed and jumped aboard. One guy said, "Hurry up, we can't hold him much longer." Slide off the back to get off.

biguglystick Sep 18, 2017 11:14 AM
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Throughout history humans have been so horribly cruel to animals. I hope we will see the light soon... but sadly not likely.

laughing Sep 18, 2017 08:47 PM
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really depends where you are in the pecking order of evolution.

a-1511401899 Sep 18, 2017 09:27 AM
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I know that use to do these back in the day in South Pasadena, CA

laughing Sep 17, 2017 02:45 PM
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A couple modifications and they would look like velociraptors. lol

420722 Sep 17, 2017 02:36 PM
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Poor things, glad we don't do that anymore...when will rodeos end completely. Sigh. In human sports we choose if we want to play but in animal sports they have no say.

biguglystick Sep 18, 2017 11:13 AM
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I totally agree! Rodeos, circuses... these are CRUEL. When will humans stop hurting and exploiting animals for entertainment or just because we can. It's awful.

Z Sep 17, 2017 01:57 PM
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Love it. How do you get on? From the front?

a-1511401899 Sep 18, 2017 08:41 PM
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I would like a piggyback Ritchy. Right to your trustfund baby. o yea weeee !

laughing Sep 18, 2017 08:34 PM
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I would never do this as a kid. I was to scared of anything bigger than me.

laughing Sep 18, 2017 08:27 PM
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Only if you are on a first name basis .

Ritchey Sep 18, 2017 10:06 AM
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Actually, you just jump from the rafters. The ostrich will instinctively know your intent and line itself up with you so you don't smash to the ground.

RLJ Sep 17, 2017 12:01 PM
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Easy to see why ostriches like to kick people.

laughing Sep 18, 2017 08:43 PM
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I absolutely agree.

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