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box_o_foxes36 karma

Tourist rides generally consist of a handler riding on the head/neck area while tourists sit in a "carriage" further back, like this.

As an added side note, equine saddles are fitted to the horse they'll be used on (some even use tools like this to create the best fit possible). A poorly fitted saddle causes pressure points and causes the horse to move unnaturally to avoid pinching/pain. People who can afford it will have their saddle re-flocked on a regular basis to adjust for any added/lost muscle mass. You'll notice that these elephant "saddles" do nothing to disperse weight in a favorable fashion.

box_o_foxes8 karma

Yeah its kind of "old school" as far as measuring tools go, but it's a great visual for people who aren't familiar with the process. There are also tons of other ways to measure for saddles, including lasers and impression mats.

box_o_foxes6 karma

Ever hear of a thing called "Google"?

box_o_foxes5 karma

I noticed in the videos the dolphins appear to be kept in smaller enclosures, but they are obviously used out in open waters. How much do the dolphins get out every day? Is their open water time exclusively work? or do they have some "free time" too? Have you ever had any problems with one not wanting to return to the boat/enclosure?

box_o_foxes3 karma

That's super interesting. I know a lot of people have concerns for the welfare of the marine mammals in captivity. This seems like a very symbiotic relationship that allows them the freedom to still be animals, while still having a "job" they obviously enjoy (or at the very least, they think is worth doing in exchange for food/care).