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How a statue of a sumo wrestler may be spooking horses in Olympics equestrian jumping, explained

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How a statue of a sumo wrestler may be spooking horses in Olympics equestrian jumping, explained

“A great man’s butt” is really bothering horses at the Tokyo Olympics. Kind of, anyway.

At least, that’s what some of the riders participating in equestrian events appear to believe. And they may totally be apt.

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Clearly, there’s been a grief with some of the horses taking to the 14-leap equestrian direction at Tokyo’s Olympic games. Something on the direction is disturbing the homes. They’re getting spooked on the 10th obstacle on the direction.

And what’s apt next to that obstacle? A lifesize statue of a sumo wrestler. It’s great. It appears to be like real and, writes the AP’s Jake Seiner, some of the riders believe it’s the main distraction on the direction for some of the horses.

Confusing, apt? Don’t agonize. Right here’s a hasty explanation.

The statue of a sumo wrestler, to be real. At least, that’s what some of their riders appear to believe.

It’s a very realistic-looking statue positioned to the left of the 10th leap of the direction in the corner of the arena. He’s leaned over and it actually appears to be like love he’s preparing to attack.

It’s fairly wild-looking.

Oh, apt. Right here’s a gawk at the statue. It appears to be like love an actual person!

(Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Wild, apt?

Nicely, horses are fairly easily spooked. They don’t love to be startled and, love any animal, can be despatched into battle or flight mode by anything they think about as threatening.

In this case, there’s a fairly menacing statue apt standing apt there. Hard to blame them for getting spooked in a scenario where even a human would.

These few paragraphs from NBC Information sum it up completely.

“Of direction, no horse in Tuesday night time’s Olympic jumping qualifier had ever considered anything love obstacle No. 10.

“As you come around, you watch a great man’s (butt),” British rider Harry Charles said.

“There’s a lot to gawk at,” Ireland’s Cian O’Connor added.

“It’s miles terribly realistic,” echoed Israel’s Teddy Vlock.”

There’s a great man’s butt apt there around the corner!

Not necessarily! It may not be. It may apt be some utterly different factor of the direction spooking horses. It may even be the overall direction itself.

Olympics’ equestrian classes are always over the discontinue, Seiner writes.

“Whatever the cause, it’s not surprising to Olympic veterans that there’s drama around the park. The Games have a reputation among riders for flashy direction regain, including an oddly shaped leap at Rio de Janeiro in 2016 that caused similar consternation.”

That apt comes with the territory.

Absolutely. They’ve trained their horses for this moment and have spent years preparing for any kind of scares they may encounter.

But there appears to be no way to prepare for everything. Especially not a lifesize Sumo statue. No matter, although. The competition goes on.

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How a statue of a sumo wrestler may be spooking horses in Olympics equestrian jumping, explained