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  1. #1 The Diving Horses of Atlantic City 
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    Well before my time! :D But this is cool, wish they had video of it, it would drive peta insane!
    Diving horses!


    ‘The High Diving Horses were always my favorite. I must have seen at least six of them over the years. They each had their own style of diving. One would wait a good five minutes before jumping - he would hold his head up and watch the seagulls fly by. Some dove with their front legs straight out, while others tucked up their legs as if they were going over a jump. One horse would twist in the air and land on his side, making it dangerous for his rider.

    ‘The riders (all women) would suffer one or two broken bones a year. Most of the injuries came from getting out of the pool of paddling hooves. They made it look easy, but it wasn’t. Years ago a rider by the name of Sonora Carver (in the late 1920’s) went blind from a bad impact with the water. The jump was sixty feet at that time, but was then lowered to forty.


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    The horse is high-diving. Your argument is irrelevent.

    I have no idea what you're talking about so here's a picture of a horse high-diving.

    ...or something like that.

    Weird what they did for entertainment before the days of basic cable, high speed internet, and streaming pr0n
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    Gotta love Jersey!!! :D
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    High Diving Horses
    2 April 2006 (updated 17/8/2006)

    The early 20th century show featured a couple of white pure-blood horses that nose-dove from a high platform into the water at the Hanlan ferry terminal. The famed show was brought by J.W. Gorman (from Boston) to the amusement park of the Hanlan family estate on the Centre Island (Toronto, Ontario). The partners of the show, John Whalen and George Holloway, also owned the horses - one called King and the other Queen. See the other picture in the Gallery.

    The show had likely travelled to New York and other places in New England. The pictures are dated between 1905 and 1908.

    Riders were also introduced to other inspiring high-diving acts. In February, 1907, a dentist-turned-performer called Doc Carver, organized a diving-horse show at Electric Park, San Antonio, Texas. In 1924, Sonora Webster (later married to Dr. Carver) became the firstwoman to fall 40 feet on horseback into a tank of water at Steel Pier in Atlantic City. Sonora and her sister Arnette continued to ride in the show from the hard times of the Depression into the Second World War. The show and Sonora inspired the 1991 Disney movie, "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken."

    The high-diving act attraction was discontinued in 1978 after animal-rights activists complained. In Sonora's autobiography, "A Girl and Five Brave Horses," she insisted the animals loved the dives and were not forced to jump.

    At present, the amusement park Magic Forest still offers diving horse shows in the summer at Lake George, New York, although the horse is riderless. The 13-year-old gelding freely walks to the diving platform and dives on his own 9 feet into a 14-feet-deep pool.


    Postcard: Gorman's Diving Horses

    Notes:
    Horses are exploited, but some horses might be willing to participate in stunt acts, shows, racing, or even military services.
    The 40-to-60 ft stunts were breathtaking and accidents did happen.
    Incidentally, an unrelated young girl, Magaret Gorman 1906-1995), won the first Miss America pageant in 1921.
    In the Walt Disney's movie, Doc Carver died and Sonora married his son. The high dive was exhilarating. In generall,
    the movie was beautifully filmed and quality produced for both children and adults.


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    Too cool!
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