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October 2, 2007


Filed under: Bill Bickel, Brevity, CIDU, comic strips, comics, horseshoes, humor — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am



  1. The horses (or perhaps the cartoonist) seem to be under the impression that horseshoes can be removed only after the horse’s death.

    Or something?

    Comment by Powers — October 2, 2007 @ 7:26 am

  2. This would probably make more sense if they had a kid play with glue. Or a dog eating canned dog food.

    Just saying.

    Comment by Jenny — October 2, 2007 @ 8:29 am

  3. The horses know darn well where those horseshoes have been. And here are these stupid bald apes who handle the horses’ food with the same hands that are now clutching the shoes that have spent countless days tromping over endless piles of horse shit and who knows what else. The horses are right to be disgusted. Wouldn’t any of us be disgusted to see some guys playing a game involving tossing old, stinky sneakers around? Especially if we knew that the previous wearer of those sneakers had spent most of their time wearing those sneakers while walking through piles of horse shit?

    Or maybe the horses think humans are just disgusting in general.

    Comment by Christian — October 2, 2007 @ 1:02 pm

  4. Oh, wiat, the horse is thinking “Morbid”, not “Disgusting”. Nevermind then. This ‘toon doesn’t make any sense.

    Maybe the horse is commenting on the obesity of Farmer Overalls?

    Comment by Christian — October 2, 2007 @ 1:05 pm

  5. Perhaps the horse is under the impression that the target post is a grave-marker for the shoes’ original wearer?

    Comment by Elliott — October 2, 2007 @ 1:33 pm

  6. Post#5 showed after I finished typing. I don’t know if it was the cartoonist intent, but in that context it made me laugh – at least a little…

    Comment by BF — October 2, 2007 @ 1:38 pm

  7. Does it have anything to do with the fact that the guy throwing the shoes looks a little too ‘city’ (i.e. polo shirt & tennis shoes)? Like maybe the horse thinks they guy has no idea what to really do with the horseshoe and it’s ‘morbid’ that the farmer allows this to continue? I still don’t get “morbid” though – lots of other words would make a better joke.

    Comment by BF — October 2, 2007 @ 1:39 pm

  8. I agree with post #1 – sorta. The horses either think that horseshoes stay on until death do them part… or perhaps they know that, in this case, the former wearer of those shoes has bit the dust…

    And it occurs to me that the horses are half right: true, horseshoes are often removed from living, healthy horses, but those are always replaced – unless the horse is dead. At least I would imagine that horesehoes are removed from dead horses… So for horses, horseshoes without hooves could be associated with dead horses – the way empty boots are used in presidential funeral processions to show that someone is dead.

    And when would horses ever see horseshoes without hooves attached? All that shoeing business takes place behind their backs (well, for the back hooves, and under their bellies for the front hooves), so all they know is that normally hooves have horseshoes on, and the normal place for a horseshoe is on a hoof, and a horseshoe without a hoove must be a weird site…

    OK, so I’m out on a limb with this and it’s getting really shaky… I admit. And none of this explains why the joke seemed to make perfect sense to me when it came out, since I certainly never put that much thought into it…. :-/

    Comment by RonObvious — October 2, 2007 @ 2:54 pm

  9. Once again, Brevity IS NOT FUNNY

    Comment by Rasheed — October 2, 2007 @ 3:30 pm

  10. The horses are outside the corral, the people are inside. Run!!

    Comment by DPWally — October 2, 2007 @ 4:29 pm

  11. I’m not sure if I nailed this one or not (hehheh), but I think it has something to do with the fact that the farmers are trying to get shoes so that a spike is sticking straight through the center of them. The horses must be thinking that it’s symbolic of sticking huge spikes through their feet.

    On another note, either those horses are really far in the distance or these ones have tiny feet.

    Comment by bAT L. — October 2, 2007 @ 10:40 pm

  12. Maybe the horses have been reading Funky Winkerbean.

    Comment by Sherpstra — October 2, 2007 @ 11:03 pm

  13. Sherpstra, your comment wins your choice of prize from the top shelf.

    Comment by Ted — October 3, 2007 @ 5:21 am

  14. It would have been funnier if they showed the horses playing “horseshoes” with human shoes.

    Comment by JJ — October 11, 2007 @ 3:21 pm

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