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Flying Horses Are Real, And These Photos Prove It

We want to believe.
Obviously magic. 
Obviously magic. 

If you’ve watched any of the equestrian jumping events during the Rio Olympics, you might have noticed the seemingly physics-defying feats going on. But the photos are even more impressive.

It’s beyond belief that a beast weighing around 1,000 pounds can propel itself and its rider over a hurdle. The only explanation is, of course, magic. Just wait till these flying horses show up on “Game of Thrones.”

Watch out, Daenerys. 

  • Japan's Yoshiaki Oiwa and The Duke of Cavan in action during the eventing individual jumping final at the Rio Games.
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    Japan's Yoshiaki Oiwa and The Duke of Cavan in action during the eventing individual jumping final at the Rio Games.
  • Germany's Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, riding Fibonacci, competes in individual jumping.
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    Germany's Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, riding Fibonacci, competes in individual jumping.
  • Harrie Smolders of the Netherlands rides Emerald during the jumping individual and team qualifier.
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    Harrie Smolders of the Netherlands rides Emerald during the jumping individual and team qualifier.
  • Pedro Veniss of Brazil, riding Quabri de L'Isle, in the jumping individual and team qualifier.
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    Pedro Veniss of Brazil, riding Quabri de L'Isle, in the jumping individual and team qualifier.
  • Kevin Staut of France on Reveur de Hurtebise in the jumping individual and team qualifier.
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    Kevin Staut of France on Reveur de Hurtebise in the jumping individual and team qualifier.
  • Germany's Ludger Beerbaum rides Casello during the jumping individual and team qualifier.
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    Germany's Ludger Beerbaum rides Casello during the jumping individual and team qualifier.
  • Great Britain's Nick Skelton, on Big Star, in the jumping individual and team qualifier.
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    Great Britain's Nick Skelton, on Big Star, in the jumping individual and team qualifier.
  • Karim El Zoghby of Egypt, riding Amelia, competes during the jumping individual and team qualifier.
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    Karim El Zoghby of Egypt, riding Amelia, competes during the jumping individual and team qualifier.
  • Edwina Tops-Alexander of Australia rides Lintea Tequila during team jumping.
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    Edwina Tops-Alexander of Australia rides Lintea Tequila during team jumping.
  • Ireland's Mark Kyle, on Jemilla, during the eventing team jumping final.
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    Ireland's Mark Kyle, on Jemilla, during the eventing team jumping final.

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