Thursday, August 11, 2005

Today's Word: Puissance

Today's word is brief, but powerful! Literally!

Puissance means power! It means influence and the ability to coerce!

It comes from the Old French word for "to be able".

Puissance is also a spectacular showdown at otherwise staid and conservative horse shows. It is a head to head competition of ability that measures pure, raw power; the high-jump.

(The world record in Puissance was set in 1949 by a horse named Huaso, ridden by Captain Alberto Larraguibel Morales during a horse show in Santiago, Chile. Huaso jumped a full 8'1" - which would have given him a full foot of clearance over the world's tallest horse, Firpon - who was exactly 7'1" tall.

Incidentally, the smallest horse ever recorded was Little Pumpkin who stood a full 14" tall and weighed only 20lbs.)



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