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Lost Cause by BlueLiquorice Lost Cause by BlueLiquorice
2007

Subject: Mobo finished 2nd but was DQ due to the fact he lost his rider shortly after the gate.
Date: 3/3/07 (3rd thoroughbred race of the day)
Locale: Santa Anita. Arcadia, CA

This shot shows that race horses want to run. Even without a rider to urge them on... most will still try to win... they are competitive little buggers!
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Lost Cause by ~batisi3o9 Sometimes success is a matter of perspective. Perfect timing and clarity give this shot great impact. ( Featured by 1pen )
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Destrauxe Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a nice shot! ;)

The horse was probably only running because it's a herd instinct and it's basically beat into them that they need to run, so they run with the other horses and follow the track. I doubt it's something the horses actually want to be doing. It's a herd instinct. Some horses may enjoy a certain activity more than others, but horse racing as it is now is terrible.
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Bummer about the DQ. ;/
Hey, what if we raced ALL the horses with no riders? ;)
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:iconiastartov:
IAstartov Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
Awesome shot!
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:iconphostructor:
Phostructor Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Horse thinks, "Who needs a rider ? I can get there faster without him!"
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NEMESIS9789 Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
GREAT SHOT
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BCXBT4Ever Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
BEAUTIFUL!
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz: :iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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BlueLiquorice Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconflyingheartsplz::blowkiss::iconflyingheartsplz:
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spirit-fire-stock Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, nice shot! Some of them really do love to run, and I get the feeling that those are the ones who win. I read about an OTTB a while ago who was miserable with everything his owner tried, until she discovered a Western competition (don't remember what it was called...) that basically involved running as fast as you can from one end of a chute to the other (or something like that...), which he was perfectly happy to do.

Others though... not so much. I helped out with retraining an OTTB a couple summers ago, and my god, it took everything I had to get him to keep a canter just once around the ring, and by the end you'd think he had just run a full mile (clearly, he hadn't spent his time off doing much more than grazing, haha). He did gradually get better as he got back into shape, but always seemed much happier when I was giving him a mental challenge rather than a physical one. His best moments were always when I was doing lots of random circles and serpentines and gait transitions to keep him paying attention and thinking, rather than working on his horrendously unbalanced trot and canter (is it seriously too much to ask that they change up the direction the horses race now and then? I thought he was going to fall over every time we cantered to the right. And don't even talk to me about how long it took to get him on the right lead).
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BlueLiquorice Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Very cool to hear ^^
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LydeaBlaze Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice picture
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amaimonl Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
YEAH horses are free beings. SHOW THEM WHO'S BOSS! YOUR GORGEOUS STALLION.
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LuciusAppaloosius Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
Who needs a jockey anyway? They're only extra weight….. 7@=Q
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BlackDodgeDragon Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful shot!

Erm, pardon my ignorance, but what is DQ?
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:iconconcora:
Concora Featured By Owner May 4, 2013   Writer
Disqualified. :)
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:iconblackdodgedragon:
BlackDodgeDragon Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Many thanks! C:
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Artmeans321 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Smaller Jockey in the world!!! (is also the best)
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StaciNadia Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
Wow, great shot, and too bad that the horse was disqualified--that's so awesome that he still finished in 2nd place!
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Synyster-Stock Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student Photographer
Nice capture, but the horse only ran with them because the other racehorse were going that direction. Horses are herd animals, so they like to stay together.
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MissDudette Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
But he won 2nd? If he just wanted to be in a herd, why did he try to win?
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Synyster-Stock Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student Photographer
He ran with other horses, he doesn't know what winning or losing is. He's a horse. ._.
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MissDudette Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Hmmm... I don't know. Horses seem to be something else alright. I feel like trying to beat all your herd buddies is indicative of the Thoroughbred breed wish to win. I understand what you're saying, but I guess I'd like to believe a horse is a little more than an animal every once in a while.
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Synyster-Stock Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Student Photographer
Winning or losing are human concepts. Well I'm being realistic... ._.
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:iconmissdudette:
MissDudette Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
I know, I know. :D
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octobird Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, now it's not as cute :(

Ignorance is bliss, I guess...
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Synyster-Stock Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student Photographer
It sure is! xD;
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:iconmissdudette:
MissDudette Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
:nod:
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MagicRat Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
He still deserves a treat for trying, bless his fuzzy heart.
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Nickystar101 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
What a coincidence that tonight is the Kentucky Derby!
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:iconblueliquorice:
BlueLiquorice Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
lol good point!
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DominionStudio Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Something doesn't seem right about the tack..especially the bridle, did you edit the Jockey out? Or is it just me XD I find horse racing to be rather cruel...but thats my view. Nice clear shot though!
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BlueLiquorice Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
No, the jockey fell off the horse and was fine... photo is unedited
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NerdyAndProud Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student
If you read the artists description he says the jockey fell off, but the horse is still going.
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DominionStudio Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yes, I'm sorry I didn't catch that :iconsweatdropplz: I was going to ask you how you edited him/ her out that's all. The horse is just following instinct, to follow the herd, free of whip abuse.
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NerdyAndProud Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Student
I didn't actually take the photo, I just saw your question and replied XD.
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DominionStudio Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
haha sorry, thanks for the reply though! :iconsweatdropplz:
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goats Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
Amazing <3
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xDanielleeee Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice picture!
But if the horses loves to run, why does he has his ears back?
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goats Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
Ears are back, but not PINNED back.
This is a horse with pinned ears [link]
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xDanielleeee Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, I understand it now. :)
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xXFlauschiXx Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
I am pretty sure its quite loud to have them up front with the wind blowing in them. But that's just a theory ^^
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flippysgirl20 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student Artist
awww
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TimberClipse Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Fantastic story and capture!
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Zinfer Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thats awesome
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keight Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
Great shot!! :D My only quibble is that they are competitive big buggers!
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IllyDragonfly Featured By Owner May 4, 2013   Writer
They are trained to win, it's their life reason!
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ealanta Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
not trained...you can't train desire...Thoroughbreds are born to run, the trick is to find a way to spark their desire to win!
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IllyDragonfly Featured By Owner May 5, 2013   Writer
:nod:
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Filly8 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful shot and while i think the racing industry does many things wrong it is still lovely to see that the horses do love to run! It cracks me up that the horse finished 2nd even with no rider :D
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