Comments on: The rein in Spain goes somewhere quite insane… http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/2009/01/20/the-rein-in-spain-goes-somewhere-quite-insane/ News, but not the serious kind Fri, 16 Dec 2011 14:56:44 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Wyvie http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/2009/01/20/the-rein-in-spain-goes-somewhere-quite-insane/comment-page-1/#comment-408768 Thu, 31 Mar 2011 02:57:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/?p=17623#comment-408768 BG, what are you doing?! There’s serious comments here, I thought perhaps I’d stumbled onto the wrong blog or something!

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By: Dale P. http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/2009/01/20/the-rein-in-spain-goes-somewhere-quite-insane/comment-page-1/#comment-367997 Mon, 26 Jan 2009 16:59:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/?p=17623#comment-367997 As cruel as it may appear on the surface, those that have lost horses to fire, surely wish that their horses had been de-sensitized to the site of flames. Often times, when a horse is frightened, they go to their stalls which is their safe place. I have seen horses perish in a fire when they had been gotten out of the burning barn, only to run down their would be rescuer to get back to their stalls. Maybe we should all work with our horses on conquering the fear of fire and smoke.

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By: Ferhat http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/2009/01/20/the-rein-in-spain-goes-somewhere-quite-insane/comment-page-1/#comment-367875 Thu, 22 Jan 2009 12:30:18 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/?p=17623#comment-367875 Not to put a racial or national face on it, but, the Spaniards are the weirdest people with animals. Bull fighting aside, they toss goats from church bell towers and they hunt rabbits by stuffing ferrets (which look cute but are definitely straight out of hell) into their holes.

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By: Owen http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/2009/01/20/the-rein-in-spain-goes-somewhere-quite-insane/comment-page-1/#comment-367874 Thu, 22 Jan 2009 11:28:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/?p=17623#comment-367874 Is it a myth that there is a Spanish festival (not sure it was part of Easter before/during/after) that they make a donkey jump off a high tower. Nobody seems to have mentioned that. And the Pamploma bull run – I always cheer for the bulls! As for purification by fire – not much chance horses have concept of religion, probably just horses thinking back to previous generation’s war days, more chance of less injury jumping through fire that facing angry blokes with spears/swords/maces (even though those aren’t around).

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By: Hans Upp http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/2009/01/20/the-rein-in-spain-goes-somewhere-quite-insane/comment-page-1/#comment-367846 Wed, 21 Jan 2009 18:15:06 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/?p=17623#comment-367846 You have to remember this comes from a country renowned for its absence of compassion for its animals.

Where else would you find a so-called “spectator sport” contrived by:
a) – taking carefully selected “stupid bulls” (yes, they don’t pick the brighter ones),
b) – shaving their horns to disorientate them, (a bull’s horns give it spacial awareness
c) – driving them hundreds of miles in high temperatures to the arena and without food or water to ensure they are already near to exhaustion
d) – use horsemen to stick spears down through their back so their lungs become heavily congested with blood and they can barely breathe (ever seen the pictures of bulls snorting the blood out of their nostrils?)

and then, but only then, does some poncy Matador dressed in a child’s romper suit, step forth to taunt the bull through its final minutes of miserable exhaustion.

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By: Dr. Doll http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/2009/01/20/the-rein-in-spain-goes-somewhere-quite-insane/comment-page-1/#comment-367839 Wed, 21 Jan 2009 17:11:15 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/?p=17623#comment-367839 I stand by my earlier comment. As the creatures with the vastly superior intelligence in those photographs, the horses should have known better than to let some drunken, stupid humans manipulate them though flames. If some drunken, silly sot demanded that he ride on my back through flames (experienced horseman or not), I would have kicked him right suare in the YSL.

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By: Thomas M. http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/2009/01/20/the-rein-in-spain-goes-somewhere-quite-insane/comment-page-1/#comment-367838 Wed, 21 Jan 2009 17:02:34 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/?p=17623#comment-367838 I’m not sure why you are all so upset. This is a purification ritual. Like one might cauterize a wound, this ritual cauterizes the soul and cleans away the impurities in the horse. This ritual is a testament to the piety of these men and should be looked upon with admiration. It’s good to know that at least some people still have faith in our Lord, Jesus Christ. Maybe you should all consider going to church sometime. It will do you some good.

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By: jr57 http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/2009/01/20/the-rein-in-spain-goes-somewhere-quite-insane/comment-page-1/#comment-367837 Wed, 21 Jan 2009 16:23:54 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/?p=17623#comment-367837 Umm…YSL the US outlawed slaughter of horses about a year ago, against the advice of the American Veterinary Medical Association, btw.

As for riding horses through flames, well, I guess it’s one way to prove you and your horse know what you’re doing. The horses have got to be pretty broke to do that.

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By: Louise http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/2009/01/20/the-rein-in-spain-goes-somewhere-quite-insane/comment-page-1/#comment-367826 Wed, 21 Jan 2009 09:10:13 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/?p=17623#comment-367826 Strikes me that horses are much bigger than people, and if they really didn’t like the fire they’d be outta there trailing the chappie with the bottle after them…

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By: gwmc http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/2009/01/20/the-rein-in-spain-goes-somewhere-quite-insane/comment-page-1/#comment-367824 Wed, 21 Jan 2009 05:46:37 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/?p=17623#comment-367824 YSL is absolutely correct.

In the olden days, war was conducted on horseback. Those poor horses were subjected to fire, rains of arrows and lances of the enemy, not to mention the close quarter hacks of swords and daggers.

So, stupid as it might appear, it is a reasonable and accurate vestige of antiquity, of only a hundred years, or so, ago.

Notably, horses would not charge to the attack of an infantry square armed with bayonets; but, they would dive through relatively thin walls of fire. So, maybe they’re not so stupid as some might think.

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