February 2, 2023

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Sumo Wrestler Cheeks Cause Horses to Act up in the Olympics

Some equestrian riders at the Olympics are claiming that a sumo wrestler statue on the obstacle course is spooking horses. The 14-jump equestrian course is decorated with several elements representing Japanese culture. These include kimonos, taiko drums, and of course, a life-sized sumo statue. I mean, can you blame them?

(Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The statue, which is located at fence 10 of the equestrian jump course, apparently comes into view just as riders and their horses round a corner. Equines are greeted with the near-bare rear end of a wrestler, and several riders have blamed the statue for costing them a spot in the event final on Wednesday.

After viewing the video above, you can just feel the frustration and embarrassment the rider must be going through. After all, these participants have trained their horses for years to remain calm in nearly any given scenario. Keeping horses from being spooked is a huge part of the equestrian sport, and for your horse to freak out due to a sumo wrestler’s full moon… well, it’s frustrating to say the least.

Scenarios like this call for a whole new type of training. Ass-exposure therapy ought to be implemented at every horseback riding center from here on out. I wanna see butts in barns all across America. Maybe then we’ll never have to worry about an equine getting cold hooves in front of a cheeked-up statue ever again.

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