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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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IAstartov Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
Awesome shot!
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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
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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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