Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Tanbark and Turf, 1955

 First viewing.

From this short film I learned the difference between a trotter and a pacer in harness racing and maybe one other thing (a trotter gallops with alternating back and front legs and a pacer gallops with left side and right side in sync). I did not learn what tanbark is. I had to look it up. It’s the leftover tree bark after tanning hides, used as ground cover. I also learned that horses trained to pull certain carriages wear special shoes that makes them raise their knees super high. I can’t see how the horse would enjoy this as much as just running down a track. Of course, this film was made in 1955 and maybe they don’t do that anymore.

A trotter

Having a possibly sick cat is really killing my movie-watching ability so until I get Sybil checked out it’s going to be short films.

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