Latest media Romney “scoop”: His wife’s horse hobby is pretty expensive

posted at 7:28 pm on May 22, 2012 by Allahpundit

If forced to choose between contrived non-stories designed to make an issue of Romney’s faith versus contrived non-stories designed to make an issue of his wealth, I much prefer the latter. Kudos to the LA Times for taking the less slimy route while pushing a core Obama attack line.

Matt Welch finally lost patience today with the drumbeat of sub-moronic stories about Romney and Seamus, but I think his reaction to that works equally well here: “Seriously, historians are going to look back at the coverage of the 2012 election, with its backdrop of totally predictable debtpocalypse and entitlementgeddon, and instead of responsible journalism they’re going to find this sh*t.”

She soon fell in love with dressage, a fussy Olympic sport that is also called “horse ballet.” In dressage, a horse moves in delicate, dance-like steps to music as the rider, formally clad in top hat and tails, imperceptibly guides the animal…

Dressage is not for the faint of wallet; it requires healthy outlays of cash for upkeep, training, transportation and veterinary care. It attracts some of the world’s richest people — the daughter of billionaire New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg competes. Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang and his wife own dressage horses.

A spokeswoman for the Romney campaign would not discuss the costs associated with Ann Romney’s horses. “We are not required to disclose this information,” said Amanda Henneberg in an emailed statement…

Insurance documents in the court file indicate that from November 2006 to November 2007, Ann Romney paid $7,800 to insure five horses against mortality and theft for amounts ranging from $50,000 to $135,000 per horse, which she said was far less than their value. “I self-insure for the rest,” she testified. “Just expensive to have insurance.”

There’s backstory at the link about how dressage helped comfort Romney physically and psychologically after her MS diagnosis, which is nice but doesn’t explain the paper’s interest in the expense. It’s no secret that the Romneys can afford any pastime known to man and it’s no secret that keeping and training horses for sport is a rich man’s endeavor. Why emphasize it if it’s a story about therapy?

In related news, via Mediaite, enjoy this clip of a guy who’s reportedly worth $400 million mocking a guy who’s worth $250 million for being rich. Exit question: Did our president, who could appear on any television show in the universe if he wanted to, really decide to book himself on … Jimmy Fallon?


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He approves of it.

Schadenfreude on May 22, 2012 at 8:31 PM

I thought I remembered reading that. I don’t like him.

Bmore on May 22, 2012 at 8:33 PM

On another note…Letterman certainly is an effin jagoff.

AZ_Mike on May 22, 2012 at 8:33 PM

silvernana on May 22, 2012 at 8:12 PM

You have no idea how great that was for hubby. He is diabled and unable to ride anymore. Huge smiles…Thanks

bluealice on May 22, 2012 at 8:34 PM

; ), Still happy with the speed OC ? You can play Bishop. It makes him so mad. ; )

Bmore on May 22, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Loving it, I was so frustrated before, esp here at HA when it went so slow…

OmahaConservative on May 22, 2012 at 8:38 PM

So what? Reagan had a ranch with horses. He and Nancy rode their own horses on it.

What happened to that $300,000 a year job Michell Antoinette left? Why didn’t they replace her? Why did a position that didn’t exist before she was given it disappear when she quit?

And speaking of hobbies and who pays for them, I assume Michelle Antoinette has had a lot of fun on her many, many very expensive tax-payer funded vacations.

farsighted on May 22, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Ohhh…Wilbur

This is going to backfire. They just connected Ann with every country girl who owns a horse, not to mention the men. Owning a horse or 2 doesn’t mean you are rich, but it does mean you are a caring person.

plutorocks on May 22, 2012 at 8:47 PM

His wife’s horse hobby is pretty expensive

Shocker!!

Yes, you can spend a bundle on horses. Or, if you already have the land and are fairly reasonable about the horses and equipment you buy, a lot less.

tom on May 22, 2012 at 8:47 PM

How about Michelle O. vacation spending spree’s!

Zcat on May 22, 2012 at 8:47 PM

We are +$16 Trillion dollars in debt and rising

… and the guardians of the Republic have Ann Romney’s horse goo on their chin.

I hope the backlash is shattering…

Seven Percent Solution on May 22, 2012 at 8:48 PM

It will be close but Walker will prevail.

Save Eeyore for the fall.

Bruno Strozek on May 22, 2012 at 8:48 PM

There’s backstory at the link about how dressage helped comfort Romney physically and psychologically after her MS diagnosis, which is nice but doesn’t explain the paper’s interest in the expense.

I’m sorry but this kind of attack just pisses me off for a couple reasons.

First, there is the theraputic aspect to Mrs. Romney’s medical ailments.

Secondly, no federal funds were expended in this hobby. Not something that can be claimed with Mooch Obama- who has a vacation addiction that seemingly extends to her brats. One of which went on a school trip to Mexico with no fewer than 24 Secret Service agents in tow. And Mooch’s trip to Spain was so expensive the administration has yet to come clean about just how much money was spent supporting what was a completely unofficial vacation by the first grifter and her Chicago gal pals.

Finally were was this fascination in candidates personal wealth when Kerry was running? They have a house they imported from England and employed a team of craftsmen to re-assemble it in America. They quietly sold the French Chateau. The Boston home is on Beacon Hill. I’m sure all of that is far more costly than Mrs. Romney’s bills for dressage.

Happy Nomad on May 22, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Happy Nomad on May 22, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Sorry for the Biden moment there. I said I was pissed off for a couple reasons and then gave three. I hereby extend and revise my comments to include the third reason.

Happy Nomad on May 22, 2012 at 8:53 PM

So, the LA Times thinks owning horses is bad. That is going to be a surprise to a lot of rich and famous celebrities. Looks like they’ll have to put an end to the celebrity polo tournaments. Not to mention all of those horse groups that participate in the Rose Parade.

Maybe the LA times is actually working as a Republican mole, because this story is so laughable that I can’t take it seriously. Oh no, Mrs. Romney owns horses and she insures them. The horrors! I won’t be voting for Mitt now!!/ Shouldn’t they applaud her for making sure her horses have health care coverage? These dem strategies to push the evil rich republican image in order to prop up the OWS movement are becoming pathetic. News Flash to dems, a large segment of the population like horses, even if they don’t own them. Another large segment of the 99% even own their own horses.

Maybe this reporter thinks it’s time to outlaw or at least shame those who participate in the following horse events – Horse shows, rodeos, 4H, gymkhanas, six-horse hitch, wild west shows?

Ibanez Lotus on May 22, 2012 at 8:54 PM

All these morons are doing is uniting the base and reminding the reluctant of exactly why we have to stand together. So thanks for that.

Mmmmmm. Desperation and flop sweat. Can’t wait to see what they have left in two months.

kim roy on May 22, 2012 at 8:54 PM

and instead of responsible journalism they’re going to find this sh*t.”

Looks like some in the MSM are waking up to the fact that they are little better than street whores when it comes to politics.

GarandFan on May 22, 2012 at 8:54 PM

silvernana on May 22, 2012 at 8:12 PM

You have no idea how great that was for hubby. He is diabled and unable to ride anymore. Huge smiles…Thanks

bluealice on May 22, 2012 at 8:34 PM

You are so welcome – I’m glad he enjoyed it. I loved it. You probably can appreciate what it takes to train a horse to do that.

silvernana on May 22, 2012 at 8:55 PM

To quote someone I read “Why should I be more upset with what Romney does with his money, then what Obama does with mine”!

pwb on May 22, 2012 at 8:57 PM

So, the LA Times thinks owning horses is bad.

Ibanez Lotus on May 22, 2012 at 8:54 PM

No just private ownership of horses. Horses should be part of a collective like bikeshare or Zipcar. Mrs. Romney should simply go down to the local equine share station and check out a horse.

BTW, the LA Times is no better than the WaPo or NYT. I was living in LA during the 2000 elections. They rated the debates with a panel that included a local Dem politician, a “Republican” who was involved in leftist activism, and an “Independent” who happened to be a former Dem politician who became an independent because he was too far left for even California Dems. The only thing more biased and partisan that year was the Florida Supreme Court which kept looking for ways to hand the election to Al Gore.

Happy Nomad on May 22, 2012 at 9:11 PM

The news media has come out of the democrat closet at last and now openly campaign for the Democrat candidate. I guess it’s better than the days when they pretended to not take sides while carefully slanting the news in the dems favor.

Watch the complete 180 from the news media if Romney wins the Presidency. Instead of fluff pieces on the US President and the state of America, there will be grim stories about the economy, the homeless, the poor, the horrors of war and the body count stories will return. Criticizing the President will not only be allowed, it will be their patriotic duty. Once again there will be news reports about the number of vacation days, the number of golf games, the amount of time spent working at the White House. It’s incredible to me that they don’t realize how obvious they are.

Ibanez Lotus on May 22, 2012 at 9:13 PM

To quote someone I read “Why should I be more upset with what Romney does with his money, then what Obama does with mine”!

pwb on May 22, 2012 at 8:57 PM

That’s a pretty good question. Ranks right up there with Are you better off now than you were $5 Trillion ago?

Happy Nomad on May 22, 2012 at 9:13 PM

This line of attack should go over well in Florida and southern states in general.

MechanicalBill on May 22, 2012 at 9:20 PM

To quote someone I read “Why should I be more upset with what Romney does with his money, then what Obama does with mine”!

pwb on May 22, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Amen to that!
Funny how the rich democrats are so upset about Romney being rich. The sad part is, many voters are upset that Romney has his own money and that Obama isn’t handing out more government money (i.e. other people’s money) to them.

Ibanez Lotus on May 22, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Watch the complete 180 from the news media if Romney wins the Presidency. Instead of fluff pieces on the US President and the state of America,

Ibanez Lotus on May 22, 2012 at 9:13 PM

I don’t know how old you are Ibanez Lotus but this is nothing new. It has long been an axiom that the homeless only become an issue when Republicans have the Presidency. The homeless were all over the place when Ronald Reagan and GHWB were in charge. Mitch Snyder constantly taunted them (until committing suicide in 1990). Then Bill Clinton became President in 1993 and the homeless were nowhere to be found until GWB became President. Suddenly the homeless were back. Now, the homeless are nowhere to be found in the media but rest assured that if Mitt Romney wins we will soon be reading stories about homeless freezing to death within blocks of the White House. These stories are continuous but the media interest is not.

Happy Nomad on May 22, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Can’t you see the scatter gun pattern? Bain Capital, wife’s hobby, Mormon Religion, rich white guy, stay-at-home mom, spoiled rich children-if you shoot enough ammunition blindly into the woods you’re bound to hit a deer sooner or later.

MaiDee on May 22, 2012 at 9:26 PM

So, the LA Times thinks owning horses is bad.

Ibanez Lotus on May 22, 2012 at 8:54 PM

No just private ownership of horses. Horses should be part of a collective like bikeshare or Zipcar. Mrs. Romney should simply go down to the local equine share station and check out a horse. <Happy Nomad on May 22, 2012 at 9:11 PM

I think you just found the answer to the energy crisis. People will take horses from the equine share station to get to work, to the store, to visit grandma. The unemployment rate will decrease due to the hiring of Official Government Muckrakers who will take care of the horses.

BTW, the LA Times is no better than the WaPo or NYT. I was living in LA during the 2000 elections. They rated the debates with a panel that included a local Dem politician, a “Republican” who was involved in leftist activism, and an “Independent” who happened to be a former Dem politician who became an independent because he was too far left for even California Dems. The only thing more biased and partisan that year was the Florida Supreme Court which kept looking for ways to hand the election to Al Gore.
<Happy Nomad on May 22, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Sounds like an episode of Politically Incorrect with Bill Mahr. Ibanez Lotus

Ibanez Lotus on May 22, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Hey Slick Willie…Excellent posts on this thread!

kekelaward on May 22, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Obama just wants to legalize his wife’s more exotic culinary yearnings. She’s rumored to be quite fond of horse pie.

Correction – it’s horse apples and cow pies. You can throw both but the cow pies fly like a frisbee.

koaiko on May 22, 2012 at 9:43 PM

The Romney’s spend their own money on their imporessive lifestyle while Michelle Obama spends ours.

On another note…Letterman certainly is an effin jagoff.

AZ_Mike on May 22, 2012 at 8:33 PM

If there was ever a guy that acted more like Richard Noggin in an interview than Dave here, I’m not aware. Totally classless to this woman while her then husband was in the band standing behind her being interviewed and mocking her Christianity.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJDldjmb_04

hawkdriver on May 22, 2012 at 9:49 PM

impressive

hawkdriver on May 22, 2012 at 9:52 PM

So what…If it’s Mrs. Romney’s money, who cares? It’s not like she’s constantly taking outrageously expensive overseas trips on the taxpayers’ dime.

The Enforcer on May 22, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Ann’s horse . Ann’s money .
Moochelle’s ———- fill in the gap .
Taxpayers money .

Lucano on May 22, 2012 at 10:11 PM

If you want to see the great picture of Ann on her horse.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/05/22/LA-Times-Vets-Ann-Romney-Horses

Bambi on May 22, 2012 at 10:14 PM

That Obesity Czar is an expensive clothes horse. At least Ms Romney rides the horse, rather than looking like a horses butt in silly costumes, complete with stylized boas wrapping around the torso.

pat on May 22, 2012 at 10:32 PM

I much prefer the latter. Kudos to the LA Times for taking the less slimy route while pushing a core Obama attack line.

As someone who disagrees with you on matters of god/God, etc., I have always appreciated this about you, that you don’t like to attack people on matters of faith. I really hope you write a book one day.

Esthier on May 22, 2012 at 10:36 PM

The Romney’s spend their own money on their impressive lifestyle while Michelle Obama spends ours.

hawkdriver on May 22, 2012 at 9:49

Much as it pains me to do so, I gotta disagree with you hawkdriver.

The Romney’s are affluent but I see no evidence of an “impressive” lifestyle. Yes they have the resources for things like dressage but, given their reported wealth, they seem to be living a fairly rational lifestyle.

In the meantime, Michelle (aka Mooch) Obama is living like a rockstar on the public dime. I can’t believe she was whining that there would be no August vacation this year because of the campaign.

Happy Nomad on May 22, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Correction – it’s horse apples and cow pies. You can throw both but the cow pies fly like a frisbee.

koaiko on May 22, 2012 at 9:43 PM

I stand corrected! I guess that goes to show that even a Nebraskan can be an ignorant city-slicker. Oh, well…Horse apples and cow pies, I wonder if Moochelle likes apple pie :)

Benedict Nelson on May 22, 2012 at 10:42 PM

So what…If it’s Mrs. Romney’s money, who cares? It’s not like she’s constantly taking outrageously expensive overseas trips on the taxpayers’ dime.

The Enforcer on May 22, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Now that election season is here, I’ve got to wonder if Obama’s people are seriously regretting that Spanish vacation. It is one of those things that keep coming up which I honestly think Obama’s people thought would go away over time.

Another issue in the same bucket.

Armed blacks intimidating whites in 2008 but not prosecuted by the DOJ

Happy Nomad on May 22, 2012 at 10:42 PM

If I had the money, I might do the very same thing. Good for her.

dukecitygirl on May 22, 2012 at 11:01 PM

I’ll wager the Romney stables cost less to run than Moochelle’s lobster pens. Plus you typically don’t eat a horse and keep them for a decade or so… but stay away from those WH kennels anyway, Zero.

viking01 on May 22, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Sorry this horse just is not going to hunt………..Oy what will be next?

Karla1953 on May 22, 2012 at 11:10 PM

Lessons in Riding

Bunny Mellon gave money to Edwards. She went to a girls school which is a little horse crazy these days. They ride in gym class. I had family attend and dressage is a beautiful sport there. I actually donate to the place as girl’s schools don’t get a lot.

Horses are good for young ladies, I know that. Keeps them somewhat away from boys and teaches control, work and responsibility.

Some wonderful women in my life ride or rode horses. Some got real sick and aren’t with me anymore.

I imitate their quality by exercising the kind of responsibility and control that the girls from that school, and probably Bunny, has. A pity that she did not find such quality in Mr. Edwards.

IlikedAUH2O on May 22, 2012 at 11:40 PM

Dressage is not for the faint of wallet; it requires healthy outlays of cash for upkeep, training, transportation and veterinary care. It attracts some of the world’s richest people — the daughter of billionaire New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg competes.

Liberal statist

Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang and his wife

own dressage horses.

Liberals, Obama donors.

OK, so how exactly does this help the message from the Obama campaign? Mitt and Ann can afford and enjoy the same hobby as a nanny state liberal’s daughter and a pair of limousine liberal Obama supporters. … and somehow this makes the Romneys unworthy of the White House? Really?

So is all of this early campaign stuff just rope-a-dope to lull the Republicans into overconfidence? Because it sure isn’t working as far as being hard hitting and damaging.

AZfederalist on May 22, 2012 at 11:47 PM

Well. . . .if she can afford it, then WHAT’S WRONG WITH IT???

Michelle Obama spends LOTS and LOTS of money, also. . . .but does THAT bother anyone??? I didn’t think so!

DixT on May 23, 2012 at 12:38 AM

Seamus, 50 year old hazing incidents, Mormon massacre of 1857, fancy horses, car elevators, have I missed any other major Romney scoops?

OxyCon on May 23, 2012 at 1:04 AM

Someone put a muzzle on Mooch lol. Not hearin’ much from the first ummm, lady?

tbear44 on May 23, 2012 at 3:37 AM

Conservatives criticized Kerry for being wealthy? I know we criticized him for living in big houses and driving big cars at the same time he was warning the rest of us that those things harm the environment, but I must have missed the straight class warfare attacks against him.

Kataklysmic on May 22, 2012 at 8:04 PM

you should exercise you memory a bit more… kerry was painted as an out of touch east coast elitist.

this is not to say that this attack on Ann is right… it just part of the political game and every behavior that most americans cannot identify themselfs with, will be pointed out by the opposing party.

nathor on May 23, 2012 at 5:51 AM

Much as it pains me to do so, I gotta disagree with you hawkdriver.

Oh, very well.

The Romney’s are affluent but I see no evidence of an “impressive” lifestyle. Yes they have the resources for things like dressage but, given their reported wealth, they seem to be living a fairly rational lifestyle.

If their lives are affluent, then their lives are by all examples, impressive. If it is sufficient to cause note (cited unfairly by the media or not), then they have “impressed” someone. Their lives are impressive.

In the meantime, Michelle (aka Mooch) Obama is living like a rockstar on the public dime. I can’t believe she was whining that there would be no August vacation this year because of the campaign.

Happy Nomad on May 22, 2012 at 10:37 PM

I didn’t say the Romney’s lives were extravagant by comparing to our First lady. I was just comparing where the funds come from for the two examples.

hawkdriver on May 23, 2012 at 6:09 AM

Let’s see, Ann loves and cares for horses, and Obama has now secretly approved of slaughtering horses in the USA again. Where is that story in the LA Times?

And by the way, there are plenty of non-rich people who do dressage and just love being with their horses outside away from a computer.

mark cantu on May 23, 2012 at 6:21 AM

Seamus, 50 year old hazing incidents, Mormon massacre of 1857, fancy horses, car elevators, have I missed any other major Romney scoops?

OxyCon on May 23, 2012 at 1:04 AM

Nope you’ve pretty much got it down. Mitt Romney is a real-life Montgomery Burns. All that is needed is a clip of him saying “release the hounds.”

Happy Nomad on May 23, 2012 at 7:08 AM

The Kenyan, the communist Dimocrats, and the complicit Lamestream media have imposed a news blackout and censorship on the following: the race wars occurring in every state and large city, the bankrupting of the country, runaway medical costs, unemployment and homelessness,our enemies and the wars being waged, the truth about climate change and energy resources, reparations being implemented, Obamas past and true beliefs, communists in positions of power in the white house, ……….. See any pattern?

Marco on May 23, 2012 at 7:17 AM

mark cantu on May 23, 2012 at 6:21 AM

Mark, off topic for this thread but … I had read a comment from you a while back about the carnage associated with the border murders linked with drug trafficking. I never had an opportunity to respond at that time but your comment was interesting in the context of the thread. I mean in that it didn’t draw more attention to your point and I thought it would have. I’m not sure people understand the level of butchering these people commit. In all the years deployed, I’ve never seen anything done by Middle Eastern Insurgents that I would consider worse than these people’s behavior. Given the opportunity to comment at the time, my point would have been that these animals would not simply go get jobs at a 7-11 if drugs were legalized.

hawkdriver on May 23, 2012 at 7:18 AM

I agree with cajun carrot, the_nile and bluealice that Allah’s assumption is a bunch of horsesh*t. Keeping and training horses can be an inexpensive proposition. It all depends on where you live and who you chose to train and compete with.

bettycooper on May 22, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Betty, Ill take it a step further. It’s a matter of financial priorities. In my rural area, there’s tons of people who own horses and live in trailers. The horse and land is more important than the house.
(of course, I always take the same approach to most of the nations “poor” – it’s more a choice of priorities. Cell phone, nice car, satellite tv, cigarettes/pot are more important than groceries – especially if Uncle Sugar is willing to buy those for you)

It’s a shame that Allah allows the media to set the narrative and agree that most assuredly, owning horses is on;y for the rich and elite.

Horse Apples!

WhaleBellied on May 23, 2012 at 7:49 AM

you should exercise you memory a bit more… kerry was painted as an out of touch east coast elitist.

And he was an out of touch east coast elitist- “where kin I get me a huntin’ license?” bring back any memories?

Lurch (keeper of the magic hat) was also the person actually running for office, ergo attention was put on him and his actions to evaluate his “character” such as it was to serve as president.

Last I checked, Ann Romney is not running for elective office- so why the psychotic desire on the part of the media to dissect what this woman does with her own money?

“this is not to say that this attack on Ann is right… it just part of the political game and every behavior that most americans cannot identify themselfs with, will be pointed out by the opposing party.”

Agreed, the attacks on Ann Romney are petty, mean, and small. They are being carried out by tiny minded people working in a purportedly “objective” media, doing the bidding of a tiny pathetic pretend president.

A president so inept, and shrinking in stature so quickly, that he has become his own ridiculous action figure. Soon he will be able to serve as a Cracker Jack prize. Well, booby prize anyway.

It’s pretty sad when what is supposed to be the “watchdog” of the Republic becomes an avidly participating member of the opposition.

GrassMudHorsey on May 23, 2012 at 8:05 AM

At least the LA Times refrained from quoting Mein Kampf, which is what they did for their dumb@$$ readers, to prove global warming exists.

MNHawk on May 23, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Lot’s of folks have horses out here in Montana.

By the way, I’ve noticed an unusual number of California license plates in the area, recently. Let me just point out that if you take 93 south, you’ll soon end up in more compatible climes. Just a thought…

claudius on May 23, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Really, how many Americans do ya figure own a horse .. less than 1%? Oh snap ..

CaveatEmpty on May 23, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Horses are an expensive hobby?

How much did John Kerry spend on his yachting “hobby”?

And so what if the Romneys have a home in Fairbanks Ranch, San Diego; the Heinz-Kerrys have even more homes, including the one in Switzerland.

“Middle-class Joe” Biden also has a nice home.

J Baustian on May 23, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Cows are smarter than horses.

Bmore on May 23, 2012 at 11:44 AM

God bless Ann Romney and preserve her health.

Fleuries on May 23, 2012 at 12:03 PM

If you want to see the great picture of Ann on her horse.
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/05/22/LA-Times-Vets-Ann-Romney-Horses
Bambi on May 22

So, Ann Romney:
1.Is a horse person
2.Has been involved in a nuisance lawsuit.

If I were on the fence re: who to vote for, these facts would tip me to Romney. The people I know who are involved with horses tend to be well grounded ( even the Obama voters). And living thru a BS lawsuit will alter your world-view. Get the lawyers(and the regulators) out of the way!

humdinger on May 23, 2012 at 12:26 PM

I hear Romney bullied his wife’s horses. Just sayin.

J.E. Dyer on May 23, 2012 at 1:08 PM

I hear Romney bullied his wife’s horses. Just sayin.

J.E. Dyer on May 23, 2012 at 1:08 PM

I heard the same thing. Evidently, it was some poor pun where he intimated an appearance to John Kerry. The joke took place in a bar and the horses weren’t amused. Governor Romney apologized to them, but you won’t hear that part in the news.

hawkdriver on May 23, 2012 at 1:41 PM

hawkdriver on May 23, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Thanks, hawdriver, I appreciate the details. That is definitely more credible than what I heard, which is that Romney held a horse down and cut its hair.

J.E. Dyer on May 23, 2012 at 1:49 PM

The people I know who are involved with horses tend to be well grounded ( even the Obama voters).
humdinger on May 23, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Horses also seem to attract some real drama queens and nuts too, and there are also a lot of disingenuous people out there with regards to selling horses. People that will drug horses to mask bad behavior or lameness issues in order to make a sale, etc.

A pricey Oldenburg horse bred and trained in Germany for Dressage probably shouldn’t have a gait so terrible that it causes the amount of distress it did to Anne Romney. . . meaning the horse probably had some health issues all along, or it wasn’t fit for Dressage and Anne was the victim of a bad purchase.

cmsciulli on May 23, 2012 at 3:53 PM

How much tax payer money did Michelle use for her hobby of taking vacations using Air Force 1? Spain comes to mind.

Decoski on May 23, 2012 at 5:13 PM

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