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Published on Jul 30, 2012
Diving Horse (from a 60ft platform), 1923, USA. A very cruel stunt and incredibly dangerous stunt. From the British Pathe online film archive, view 90000 retro reels like this for free on: http://www.britishpathe.com
The horse and rider leap off a 60ft platform in to a pool of water. Thankfully the horse seems to be ok.
A Diving Horse was actually a very popular event in the 1880s. The 'attraction' was set up by William 'Doc' Carver. The horses sometimes dove four times a day, seven days a week. There were allegations of using prods, electrical jolts, and trap doors to get unwilling horses to dive. It lost its popularity after World War II.