Did no one watch tonight? I'm watching now after work, and here are my thoughts:
I can't believe they put the teams on Arabians, ESPECIALLY since it sounds like they got all stallions (at least that's what one team mentioned) Arabians are a challenge to even a skilled rider...and stallions instinct is to fight each other, especially if they don't have a firm hand guiding them. I'm surprised more of the racers weren't thrown. That being said, I laughed when the Kansas team said they'd be awesome at that part because they were "from Kansas and there are horses in Kansas". Yeah, I've been in a plane too, but don't ask me to excel at flying one. The Country Boys did really well, although I noticed one of them doing what my riding instructor used to call 'the butterfly'-flapping your arms in an attempt to get the horse going faster. She took FOREVER breaking me of that habit! Extra kudos to the blind guy for riding with only verbal instructions and not on a lead.
The water challenge was very interesting. I liked that the country boys were able to think outside the box and figure out how to plug the holes on the big bucket and make that work when the challenge designers clearly intended that the small bucket to be used. And I liked that the teams had to do the challenge all together, and weren't able to leave the weaker members behind while the strong ones did all the work. Seems like it's a rule that they CAN'T finish a task unless all team members participate.
"The thing about country boys is they love their country cooking." HAHAHAHA...and so true! I'd rather have my chicken and biscuits than not.
I have to say, SUPER impressed by the courage of the blind guy. They spent a lot of time in the first episode showing people marveling at him competing in such a physical race, but they should have just waited and let it show this episode. Because I can't even fathom trying to ride an Arabian stallion, or deal with river rapids while bling. It's one thing to be on a relatively placid camel being led on a rope or digging to find water, and an entirely different story being on an incredibly moody and unpredictable animal or going down a river without being able to judge where the currents are or when you're going to come up on them.
I liked the last challenge a lot-it answers a complaint of the digging for water challenge in the first episode. Unless two teams worked together, there was no way to piggyback off the efforts of other teams because there was no finished product left behind. very cool.