Popular Horse Dances
October 22, 2015 2:57 PM   Subscribe

I am familiar with Chubby Checker doing "The Pony", and of course with Psy doing "Gangnam Style", but are there other equine popular dances out there? Dances in which a performer mimics a horse, a rider, or both?
posted by jrb223 to Society & Culture (18 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Kristen Schall Is A Horse!
posted by pie ninja at 3:08 PM on October 22, 2015 [5 favorites]

I'm not sure if "Whip/Nae-Nae" is literally about horses in any way, but it should qualify if Gangnam Style does, no?
posted by Sara C. at 3:30 PM on October 22, 2015 [1 favorite]

Is it exercise? Is it dance? For your consideration: Prancercise.
posted by oxisos at 4:00 PM on October 22, 2015 [7 favorites]

Popular? If you're Cornish like me. The Padstow 'Obby 'Oss
posted by pipeski at 4:11 PM on October 22, 2015

It's not pop culture so maybe this won't count for you, but maybe Kuda Kepang? It's a traditional dance of the horse spirits in Malaysia. I've seen it in Singapore as community dance. Wonderful.
posted by frumiousb at 4:26 PM on October 22, 2015

The Galop
posted by Jahaza at 4:56 PM on October 22, 2015 [2 favorites]

The last little bit of Winona Rider's dance at the end of Beetlejuice has a little horsiness to it. It shows up at 2:06. That's the first thing that popped into my head when I read your question. I did think that there was more to it than that though. Anyway, for what it's worth, there you go.
posted by BoscosMom at 5:38 PM on October 22, 2015

I think there's some horse dancing in Oklahoma, but probably not what you're looking for.
posted by sammyo at 5:50 PM on October 22, 2015

Cliff Noble's THE HORSE, an instrumental track from 1968. From Soul Train's website: "The groove actually sounds like a horse galloping, so much so that a dance craze simply called The Horse came about as a result of the popularity of this song in which dancers would mimic the movements of a galloping horse."
posted by stachemaster at 7:37 PM on October 22, 2015

This may not be quite what you're looking for, either, but Bournonville's Jockey Dance comes to mind.
posted by thomas j wise at 7:44 PM on October 22, 2015

Ride Your Pony by Lee Dorsey.
posted by gteffertz at 7:48 PM on October 22, 2015

How has no one mentioned Ginuwine?
posted by Rock Steady at 5:00 AM on October 23, 2015 [5 favorites]

It's not poppy & party dancing, but just to add to your collection, here's classical ballet's pas de cheval.
posted by JanetLand at 6:13 AM on October 23, 2015

Hip hop dressage?
posted by homesickness at 11:44 AM on October 23, 2015

Ride that Pony.
posted by oceano at 3:35 PM on October 24, 2015 [1 favorite]

All answers are best! Seriously! If you have more keep 'em coming!
posted by jrb223 at 9:13 PM on October 27, 2015

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