Don't drop your cigarette into the mane of a horse

@JudyEv (97133)
Bunbury, Australia
November 10, 2017 6:46pm CST
Last Tuesday was Melbourne Cup day and an important day for Australians. It’s been called ‘the (horse) race that stops a nation’. In all the hype and publicity about the day were some random facts and figures about the race and the personalities associated with it. I’ve already written about the lucky event that brought about the birth of one of Tuesday’s runners, Tiberian. You can catch up here: http://www.mylot.com/post/3125294/bruschetta-and-a-horse-called-tiberian One story I wanted to share but I can’t find it now and the details are vague. I THINK it was about a jockey who rode one of the very early winners of the race – and it’s been going since 1861 – and how he met his Maker. I can’t remember the jockey’s name and although I’ve googled using every keyword I can think of, nothing has come up. So this jockey whose name escapes me was later riding a horse and leading another. He dropped his cigarette onto the mane of the horse he was riding and the hair began to burn. He couldn’t get the fire out before the horse panicked and threw him. He landed on his head and died. So an interesting story but now I can’t verify it at all. The photo is of my cousin and I riding in the ‘grand parade’ at our local agricultural show. I’m on the black horse.
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@DianneN (57344)
• United States
11 Nov
Horrendous way to go for the jockey. I feel worse for the poor horse! You look very spiffy in your riding gear!
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@DianneN (57344)
• United States
12 Nov
@JudyEv . That I didn't need to hear. Ugh!
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@JohnRoberts (39006)
• Los Angeles, California
11 Nov
He as smoking while riding a race?
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@JudyEv (97133)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Nov
No, not during a race. I did say it was later and he was riding one and leading one at exercise.
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@JohnRoberts (39006)
• Los Angeles, California
11 Nov
@JudyEv I had to reread to get that.
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@YrNemo (7596)
11 Nov
Gorgeous people on those horses. The horses all looked a bit too black for me, but I could see your smile there .
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@JudyEv (97133)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Nov
My cousin is riding a skewbald (brown and white). My father bred her horse - and mine too for that matter.
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@YrNemo (7596)
12 Nov
@JudyEv I hope your father was successful in his horse breeding career. (You must have known quite a bit about horses then? Any of your siblings continues on with that heritage?)
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@JudyEv (97133)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Nov
@YrNemo After the boys had grown up and left home we had a pair of ponies which pulled a carriage. One nephew rides endurance horses and another was very successful showing his horse but he now has a very successful Saanen goat stud. Here are my ponies, Fabian and Burgundy.
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@Shavkat (44872)
• Philippines
11 Nov
That's so horrible to do. Whoah! You are stunning while riding at the back of the horse, my friend.
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@JudyEv (97133)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Nov
I rode a lot when I was young.
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@Shavkat (44872)
• Philippines
12 Nov
@JudyEv That's really fun. I wish I can do that
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@JudyEv (97133)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Nov
@Shavkat We used horses all the time to bring in mobs of sheep and cattle on our farm.
@paigea (21037)
• Canada
11 Nov
Wow, smoking does kill!
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@JudyEv (97133)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Nov
It killed him for sure.
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@paigea (21037)
• Canada
11 Nov
@JudyEv I tried searching for that incident but didn't find it.
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@JudyEv (97133)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Nov
@paigea I tried all sorts of keywords. I can't remember where I saw it but it was just the day before the race. I wasn't even positive of the first name but I checked each jockey that I thought had the same name. Maybe it will pop up again in 12 months' time.
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@LadyDuck (118634)
• Switzerland
11 Nov
This is horrible, what about the poor horse, did they save him from fire?
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@JudyEv (97133)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Nov
It is horrible. It didn't say what happened to the horse so I'm going to believe it ended up okay - for the horse.
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@JudyEv (97133)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Nov
@LadyDuck Maybe I dreamt it - but I'm sure I didn't. Yes, the Melbourne Cup is rich in history and controversy.
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@katsmeow1213 (28843)
• United States
11 Nov
I hope the horse was okay!
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@JudyEv (97133)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Nov
I doubt it would have been unfortunately.
• United States
12 Nov
@JudyEv So sad, the poor animal.
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@teamfreak16 (35271)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
11 Nov
I definitely would not smoke while riding a horse!
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@JudyEv (97133)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Nov
Would you be hanging on tight?
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@teamfreak16 (35271)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
11 Nov
@JudyEv - Yes, actually, I would.
@A_loves_B (976)
• Indonesia
11 Nov
It's so fatal. The jockey was too careless. Hope everyone can learn from this incident. Well, in the picture both you and your cousin look great.
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@JudyEv (97133)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Nov
The jockey was certainly careless. I had a lot of fun on my pony when I was young.
@nanette64 (13153)
• Fairfield, Texas
11 Nov
That Paint looks just like the one I had @JudyEv .
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@JudyEv (97133)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Nov
We bred piebalds and skewbalds but there was a lot of prejudice against the colour in those days.
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@nanette64 (13153)
• Fairfield, Texas
12 Nov
@JudyEv Oh good grief!
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@JudyEv (97133)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Nov
@nanette64 Funny isn't it? We saw dozens of paints in France and Ireland. There have always been a lot in Ireland as many of the gypsy cobs are coloured.
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@allknowing (55156)
• India
11 Nov
Interesting but a sad story. Pleasantly surprised to know that you rode a horse.
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@JudyEv (97133)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Nov
Here's my favourite photo of me on a horse - mainly because I loved that dear old horse so much.
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@allknowing (55156)
• India
12 Nov
@JudyEv Did you own that horse? What was its name?
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@JudyEv (97133)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Nov
@allknowing We had a lot of horses on the farm. We bred them as stock horses. This one's name was Trixie and she had worked many years in a milk-cart before we bought her.
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@xFiacre (10390)
• Ireland
11 Nov
@judyev Now you've got me a bit concerned about my sense of humour - I found that hilarious!
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@JudyEv (97133)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Nov
Different strokes etc. You can't help it if your sense of humour is incredibly out of whack.
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@xFiacre (10390)
• Ireland
11 Nov
@JudyEv Perhaps It's everyone else who's out of step and I'm the standard by which all things must be judged.
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@JudyEv (97133)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Nov
@xFiacre Ummmm I suppose it's possible but somehow I don't think so.
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• Preston, England
11 Nov
riding while smoking seems pretty irresponsible as he would need to let go of reigns a lot to adjust the cig, etc
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@JudyEv (97133)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Nov
He was riding one and leading another so no wonder it all got a bit out of hand
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• Preston, England
11 Nov
@JudyEv pretty dumb of him. Sad the horse got hurt and frightened too
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@JudyEv (97133)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Nov
@arthurchappell Very dumb and yes, very sad.
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@sjvg1976 (13960)
• Delhi, India
13 Nov
That's was terrible . This jockey was an idiot who risked his life.
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@JudyEv (97133)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Nov
It was a very stupid thing to do.
@kepweng (5896)
12 Nov
are you the Photographer in these photo??
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@JudyEv (97133)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Nov
No, I'm riding the black horse in the foreground.
• India
11 Nov
Such incident should not be repeated..
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@JudyEv (97133)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Nov
It is a great shame that it happened at all. It took place many years ago.
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@hostessman (6923)
• Tucson, Arizona
11 Nov
he doesn't sound like to smart of a jockey
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@JudyEv (97133)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Nov
Not smart at all.
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@TRBRocks420 (60873)
• Banks, Oregon
11 Nov
Oh dang that's awful.
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@JudyEv (97133)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Nov
Not a good way to go.
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@Platespinner (18091)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
11 Nov
A good reminder of how unhealthy smoking can be .
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@andriaperry (31118)
• Anniston, Alabama
11 Nov
Love this photo! Smoking while racing? who woulda thunk.
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@JudyEv (97133)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Nov
Not while racing - just while riding one and leading another at exercise.
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