Steeplechase_Mechanical_Horse_Ride.mpg

Steeplechase_Mechanical_Horse_Ride.mpg


“BECAUSE IT GIVES THEM A CHANCE
TO HUG THE GIRLS. “BECAUSE IT GIVES THEM
A CHANCE TO GET HUGGED. “EVERYBODY LIKES IT “BECAUSE IT IS CHEAP FUN,
REAL FUN, LIVELY FUN. “IT REALIZES ITS MOTTO– ‘HALF A MILE IN HALF A MINUTE
AND FUN ALL THE TIME.'” Narrator:
THE HORSES WERE ONLY
PART OF THE FUN.

24 thoughts on “Steeplechase_Mechanical_Horse_Ride.mpg

  1. Hey, I rode this thing as a kid in the '60's somewhere in FLA on vacation – holding on to my Dad for my life. This thing was dangerous as hell – no straps- no nothing to keep you on – just sliding around on a slick, metal horse doing about 20 mph. Nerdy? I think not – on that day I became a MAN!

  2. But the real fun started when you got to the end of the ride and the clowns wacked you in the rear end, or the gals walked over the air vent that blew up!!

  3. I rode this back in the 60's as a small boy. I remember the safety strap around my waist (hahaha) and holding on for dear life. I also recall that there were small variations between the tracks, making the 'race' uneven

  4. I have to tell you I grew up in Brooklyn and have enjoyed Coney since childhood and 50 years ago rode those Steeplechase Horses around and slid down the giant Sliding Pond within !!!

  5. Damn this sucks!!! I never got a chance to ride this, but all the old people in My family did, it was torn down 3 years before I was born. I could only surmise based on what they told Me and the film footage I have seen here & there throughout My life. I am so jealous ;). My Parents, Aunts, Uncles and, Cousins got ride this, even My GrandMother and Great-Grandmother rode it Sadly for me I never rode this ride.

  6. I rode this same exact ride as it was in the 1960's! I was like 7 yrs old and dont under estimate this horsey,i thought i was gonna fall off! Great memories of this classic horsey race ride! God i miss those days so much!

  7. I rode the steeplechase twice about 1956. The first time I was on a horse by myself. The second time I was on the same horse with my father. The second ride was a lot faster.

  8. can anybody tell me what happened to this? it was just destroyed? It shoud be on a museum…. great piece.

  9. most awesome ride ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and it was just u and maybe ur guest on ur own horse, not one of many like on a roller coaster.

  10. My mom lived in Wildwood NJ as a kid and she would tell me about horses that went down a track really fast. I guess it was like this!! She lived there from 1935 to 1945. Wow,what fun!!!

  11. Damn I loved this ride. I guess I was about 10 and rode with my dad. I remember there was absolutely nothing holding you on these horses. You just held on to the reins. If you fell off, too bad (this was an age before all the law suits.) After you got off the ride, you had to walk through a stage with all the Steeplechase evil clowns (as I call them.) They'd slap you on your ass with a wooden paddle, give you an electric shock, or blow women's skirts up with an air hose. Can you IMAGINE any of this today?? lol

  12. I was too young to ride this. It was fun to watch, and it was a gravity ride (powered by going downhill most of the ride).
    They have a new version that's more like a roller coaster.

  13. This would be a great ride for Knotts Berry Farm in California !!!! But with todays safety standards, it would be a no go I bet 🙁

  14. My father took me in early 1960's when I was in my thirties — my first experience — he was wearing his fedora and we both were in coats — was the ride open year round?

  15. My favorite part of every visit to Steeplechase Park! Went there many, many times throughout the 1950s and early 1960s. When you were very young, the attendants made sure you cinched up the leather belt around your waist. There was always talk by the attendants that “last week” somebody fell off a horse to terrible injury or death, but somehow the story never got into the Daily News or the Post. Then they released the horses from the area where you mounted them to be ratcheted up a big hill, which gave you the momentum for the ride. The climb was plenty of time to undo the belt! A pause at the top of the “hill” – and then away you flew for maybe 90 seconds of exhilarating terror!

  16. This ride was powered by gravity, like a roller coaster.
    I remember it as a child, too young to ride it.

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