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Old 10-10-2012, 09:10 AM   #46
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ttintagel, I just saw your ticker. Looks like our trips will overlap? We will be there from Nov. 25-Dec. 1.
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:19 AM   #47
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"Headless Pedestrian" just doesn't have much ring to it.
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:50 AM   #48
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After watching the vids, I find it a shame of the mocking laughter and sarcasm of the people in the crowd.
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:14 AM   #49
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So relieved both horse and rider are ok. In 12 days we will be attending our third MNSSHP. When I told my DH & kids what happened the other night there was a collective gasp & "oh, no!." The parade is great, but this reminds you that it's a real rider and horse out there every party night, doing an obviously risky stunt for our entertainment. Agree with the pp, the laughter is a shame. The outcome could have been much different.
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:21 AM   #50
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Does anyone really know what shoes the horse actually wearing? Lots of people talking about it, but I was wondering if anyone actually knew? I haven't seen this horse (yet) but I seem to recall having looked at the drafters' shoes that pull the trolly and I dind't think they were regular shoes. Though I could be mistaken, not completely recalling what they were at the moment. I'll look at both on Sunday. I'd be surprised that the horseman's horse, being as it gallops or canters on pavement wouldn't have the best shoes for the situation on. They must. Disney's not stupid, though that pavement looked wet and I thought that was a no-no Bad call on someone's part.
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:04 AM   #51
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Is this a new gorse of or the same one from last year.
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:14 AM   #52
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After watching the vids, I find it a shame of the mocking laughter and sarcasm of the people in the crowd.
I was thinking the same thing. What is wrong with people?
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:36 AM   #53
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I was thinking the same thing. What is wrong with people?
Wow! that's all I can say.. for people to laugh about it. That's terrible.
Also it is not that unusual for horses to slip down. I have had this happen to me numerous times on asphalt and in the mud. I have never seen a horse hurt from slipping down, could be possible... not likely.
As far as kids being traumatized over it, that is just sad. Have they never seen a Rodeo before?? Or would that tramatize them?
I would sure hate for Disney to eliminate the headless horseman for fear of traumatizing children.
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:47 AM   #54
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I was thinking the same thing. What is wrong with people?
I didn't think they were laughing or making fun of the situation in any way. I think they were watching the parade and didn't really "get" what was going on. Clearly, as the horse ran past, and the headless horseman walked past, they were both ok. Perhaps the people you heard were just enjoying the parade.
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After watching the vids, I find it a shame of the mocking laughter and sarcasm of the people in the crowd.
i agree. Totally classless
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:45 PM   #56
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Does the Horseman trot/canter the route?

I understand it adds excitement at faster speeds, but I think a walk would be fine. People can get pictures, the music plays & all is good. I haven't been to MNSSHP, but the darkness & loads of people flashing their lights plus the pavement (even with proper shoeing) just seems to not make a lot of safety sense. And as a PP pointed out...if the horse goes down or slides, who knows how he could scramble getting up & people might be in the way (it looks pretty packed along the parade route).
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:59 PM   #57
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Where did the horse and rider go after the tumble? They did not come back to the Frontierland parade starting entrance, did the horse or horse and rider finish the route?

I can't imagine it would be easy to get back on the horse in that costume without a platform or stand.
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In one of the videos posted above, you can see the horse trotting down the street with no rider. I have no idea what happened after that, though. I would guess a CM grabbed the horse.
I haven't read this entire thread, but wanted to comment. I was working that night. I was at the flagpole in Town Square taking pictures with the pumpkins. I had another photographer with me. The horse - with his rider - came by as usual. Also, we were speaking with our leader, who used to work with the horses, and said if the horse had truly fallen there is no way he would have been allowed to finish the ride. He may have slipped, but did not fall.

Also, the horse is trained to finish the ride with or without a rider.
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Old 10-10-2012, 01:46 PM   #58
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Wonder if they'll stop this now?
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Old 10-10-2012, 01:54 PM   #59
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Years ago, the horse galloped along the parade route and it was stunning! It is my understanding that a nasty fall caused Disney to change the speed of the horse.

Does anybody else remember that?
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Old 10-10-2012, 02:08 PM   #60
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I PRAY Disney doesnt stop the headless horseman ride. Its going to happen and this will not be the last.

RoBo , and several others, I think a "IM SORRY " to Beep is in store.
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