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Missing Mahwah horse ‘Chief’ found after 9-day search

In Their Own World by Lesley Harrison

An Oakland family whose prized horse disappeared deep into the woods of Mahwah last week––prompting a psychic and plane-aided manhunt across two states––was reunited with “Chief” Monday afternoon.

The Bergen County Police Department and Mahwah Police Chief James Batelli confirmed that Chief was found by two people near the Tennessee Gas Pipeline at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, nine days after he dashed into the woods around Stagg Hill.

Chief ran off on Saturday, March 15 after he slipped on ice and the rider dismounted, owner Denise Vulgaris told NJ.com last week. Continue reading

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Pixie: The Pony Who Outran Annie Oakley

We lost our herd sire the day Pixie was hired for the Annie Oakley TV series.

Not that he left our lives, but he had to be gelded to work. He’d already sired most of the younger ponies, so Dad said it wasn’t a hard decision. Still, it made me sad. Continue reading

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Making the Budweiser Super Bowl Commercials

Love between a puppy and a Budweiser Clydesdale is the too cute theme of this year’s Budweiser Super Bowl ad.

The gentle giants, known as draft horses, are easy to love. None are easier than the gorgeous Clydesdales that represent the Budweiser brand. Their Super Bowl commercial is among the most popular year after year. Now we have the opportunity to see the training and behind the scenes work via this additional video made by trainer Robin Wiltshire and Turtle Ranch. We get to see the hard work that goes into preparing these horses that charm the world.
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Happy Year of the Horse!

What a delight to stroll through the history of the horse and Chinese art featuring horses. Well done. Happy Lunar New Year to you too.

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Happy Chinese New Year! Last year was the reptilian year of the snake, but this year things get all mammalian again—and what a magnificent mammal! Lunar Year 4711 is the year of the horse!

Ferrebeekeeper has shied away from writing about horses because the majestic animals have played such an important role in military and economic history (also I don’t want a bunch of patricians shouting at me about the finer details of fetlocks and snaffle bits), but, since it is now the year of the horse, I would be remiss not to post some equine highlights from those 4711 years of Chinese culture. Horses were (probably) domesticated in next door Kazakhstan about five thousand years ago, and they have had an unparalleled position in Chinese culture.  Not only is Chinese mythology replete with horses, throughout the entire history of the Han people, the great perissodactyls have been pivotal…

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Gypsy Horses in Danger

Frightening car and horse collisions in York, England, have set motorists against the horse-loving gypsies.

Drivers are afraid of dying. Who can blame them? They also don’t want horses killed, right? Well, no, according to the comments section of The Press.Several people seem to think the appropriate reaction is to send them to the slaughter house.

The uproar has the councillors of York challenging the long-standing gypsy tradition of grazing their horses while tethered along the roadsides. Citizens are on edge because of reports of loose horses running rampant. Continue reading

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Zebras vs. The Blood-Suckers: Zebras Win

Without spending a dime on repellent, face masks or zappers, zebras rid themselves of flies.

They don’t even flick their tails. They simply wear stripes, according to researchers at Lund University in Sweden, who discovered horse flies hate stripes.

“Tests were carried out in Hungary using life-sized cardboard cut-outs of horses painted white, brown, and with stripes and spots.

“The models were coated with oil and glue to trap the insects. Continue reading

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Goodbye, Hollywood Park

Founded by the Hollywood elite, Hollywood Park’s first race was run on June 10, 1938.

 

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Jack Warner, who owned a thoroughbred farm in the San Fernando Valley, was the Park’s first chairman. His shareholders included Harry Warner, Walt Disney, Bing Crosby, Samuel Goldwyn and other powerful players in movie land.

The Los Angeles Times published the memoirs of Richard Warren, who’s worked at the Park since 1948, in The long goodbye for Hollywood Park, through knowing eyes  Continue reading

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Animal Instincts- Kirin Initial Research

An interesting summary of the mythology surrounding the Kirin. I’m going to enjoy checking back from time to time and see further posts and hear about your artistic progress.

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First brief for the media elective, and it’s one that’s so far up my street I think I can see my house from here; ‘Animal Instincts’. I quote ‘thoroughly research and investigate the attributes of, and narratives associated with, a mythical creature. Consider its visible and ‘psychological’ attributes, history, mythology and symbolism’. My immediate thought was a dragon, but I can’t help but think that there’s so much mythology for the dragon that I’d never get through it all enough in just two days- and then I thought of the kirin or quilin. NEXT STAGE- RESEARCH– FOR ALL THOSE WHO KNOW NOT OF THE KIRIN. I’ll warn you right now that this pretty longwinded- I’ve shoved in a snappy factfile for those who’d rather read the TL;DR version of affairs

The qilin, kirin, chi lin or kylin is a mythological East Asian chimera thought to be a harbinger…

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Habit

Horses free in a pasture are wonderful to watch. Here’s where we can learn a lot about how they view the world.

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Every morning after breakfast and a “walkabout” in the pasture, sniffing around for good grazing, our Nokota Horses seek up a special place for a quick nap; always the same place this time of year. It is close to a corner of the pasture not far from the house, but away from roads and boisterous neighbors, where the woods give some shelter for the wind and where they can sleep undisturbed.
They are standing close together to keep each other warm, one hind foot off the ground resting, facing different directions to cover the surroundings, all senses on stand-by-mode.

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Refreshed after half an hour or so of sleep they walk off, onward into a new day of horse life.
Next post will be a thorough journey into the complicated topic of equine visual perception – how horses visually see the world and what we can learn from that.

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Nicker, the Gelding Who Became Mr. Ed’s Mother

Nicker in the photo shown on Mr. Ed's wall

Nicker in the photo shown on Mr. Ed’s wall

I watched in horror as my father’s friend stuck a knife into his leg — on purpose. He’d been whittling a wooden horse as he sat talking on our front porch. I always loved watching his artistry, whether with paper and pencil or that sharp, sharp knife. Stunned, I stared in silence, amazed that everyone else didn’t seem to notice and equally amazed his leg didn’t bleed. At last, he looked my way and laughed. “It’s wooden,” he said as he thumped right above the knife. The sound was hollow. Relief flooded through me and was quickly followed by embarrassment because I’d been caught staring.

But Norman didn’t mind. When he left that evening, he left behind the wooden horse and his aging palomino stallion. Continue reading

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The Wondrous Beauty of Driftwood Horses

Exploring Heather Jansch’s website is a journey of creative discovery and immense beauty.

Imacon Color Scanner“Possibly the most instinctive act of my life was to fall in love with a horse. Not just any horse, but a horse made of driftwood by the wonderful Heather Jansch. It was at exhibition at Eden and the time came for it to go home. I simply couldn’t bear it. I bought it and have been fighting off would be purchasers ever since. Heather is a genius with an eye for nature that in another generation would have seen her burnt as a witch – now she is rightly considered one of our country’s finest artists. If you were to ask the visitors to Eden “what is your favourite work here? It would be the horse and we gave the entrance to our kingdom to this horse. Richard 111 see it and weep.” ~ Tim Smit KBE, founder of The Eden Project Continue reading

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When Hoboes Have Reasons

Illustration by Chet Phillips

Illustration by Chet Phillips

Mangy. That’s how I felt and how he looked, sitting there beside the road with the hot Mojave sun beating down. He’d been there since morning. I passed him while delivering two yearlings to a Thorobred farm in Lone Pine. He hadn’t budged an inch since. One of the truck’s features wasn’t air conditioning — who could afford it? — so the windows were down. I rolled to a stop and yelled for him to get in. Agile, he leaped into the back without a sound. Continue reading

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Tom Mix and the 1913 Prescott Rodeo

Talented horse people, Mix and his wife, Olive “Ollie” Stokes, enjoyed exhibiting in daredevil events.


As a sort of curtain raiser, a good sized “twister” passed leisurely over the grounds. It entered at the last end and ranged slowly along the grandstand, down the line of autos and during five minutes sent heavy sombreros hundreds of feet into the air, rendered the skirts of numerous ladies embarrassingly unmanageable and almost started a stampede with the stock. Continue reading

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A Colt on the Roof?

That’s what the photo shows: yearling thoroughbred Must Win patiently standing on the roof of the barn.

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Pat and Stephen Downey thought the photo was doctored at first, but their barn bore witness to his adventure, with multiple manure piles and a hole where the colt’s hoof punched through.

Stephen’ brother, Archie, snapped the photo, then coaxed the baby down. He’d never been handled, so Archie first tried to lure him down, but that failed. Then Archie got behind him and gently shooed him toward the rear edge. At last, Must Win finally took the dare and jumped down to the earthen ramp he’d used to climb up.

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WAR PONIES

Blue Feather Spirit has included beautiful artworks and a video to her informative essay on the Indian war ponies, the symbols warriors painted on them and their importance to the native tribes.

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The Indian war horse was highly regarded by its American Indian owner, who often honored and protected his war horse by painting tribal symbols upon the animal’s body.

While the symbols used and their meanings varied from tribe to tribe, there were some common symbols that were widely used on the Indian war horse.

Each power symbol has its own specific meaning and the purpose for which it was used was determined by the nature of the dangerous job which the war horse would be asked to do.

The Indian would decorate his horse with carefully chosen war symbols or power symbols which might be intended to give him protection, to indicate the troubles which lay ahead, or which spoke of the courageous heart of the war horse. Some symbols told of the horse’s affection for the warrior. In this article, you will find explanations of some symbols which…

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The Great Netherlands Horse Rescue

The biggest horse story that came out of The Netherlands in 2006 was the amazing tale of the Great Netherlands Horse Rescue. A group of about 100 horses were stranded on a small piece of land when the waters rose unexpectedly after a fierce storm. The horses were stranded for three days on a tiny sliver of land. Firemen and animal welfare officers brought the horses food and water to keep up their strength. As wind and icy rain blasted the horses, they huddled together with their rear ends facing the wind. Finally on the third day, the great rescue was made.
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The Scoop on Poop by Becki Bell

Horses in Stables by Bob Winsett

Horses in Stables by Bob Winsett

You love your horse. You feed him, you groom him, you bring him carrots and horse cookies, you scratch him, and what does he give you in return? 18,000 pounds of manure every single year. Well sure, he lets you ride him too … but let’s not forget all that poop. Nine tons of poop annually. 450,000 pounds of it over the course of his entire life. All of it left there, just for you, so you can rake it up and wheelbarrow it away.

Now you may hate it (unless you’re one of those strange people who finds it oddly therapeutic), but either way you should try to keep in mind this fundamental of horse doo-doo: history was not only written from the back of a horse, but also from the back-end of a horse. Continue reading

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I’ve never met these women from Post, Texas, but feel a tight kinship with them as they do the chores that are so familiar to me.

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Ranch life and Carhartt

Ranch life and Carhartt

Ranch life and Carhartt

Ranch life and Carhartt

Ranch life and Carhartt

Ranch life and Carhartt

Ranch life and Carhartt

Ranch life and Carhartt

Ranch life and Carhartt

Ranch life and Carhartt

Ranch life and Carhartt

Ranch life and Carhartt

Ranch life and Carhartt

In ranch life, family is everything. Just ask the ladies of Dalby Ranch in Post Texas. Since it’s beginning in 1901, it’s been around for 5 generations. To beat the Texas heat, the girls are wearing Carhartt Force shirts. Working outdoors in southern temperatures can be pretty intense, so the moisture wicking technology and stain releasing fabrics of Force make the workday more enjoyable. We’re sure a little dirt and sweat never scared you before, but with Force on your side, it won’t even cross your mind.

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Travis Christiansen does a great job of documenting the wonders of the Nevada Desert. This post by Christiansen brings us a seldom seen aspect of the plight of the wild horses as we spread our suburbs into their range.

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Today I want to share with you wild mustangs! In my previous post I have shared a natural spring that supports life on the open Nevada range. Well I thought it was time for me to share just what exactly what some is in their natural Nevada desert habitat. It is not too uncommon to see Wild Mustangs out on the Nevada high desert range. They usually travel in groups and often have little colts by their side.

It’s incredible these are prehistorically animals that have evolved to adapt to the harsh desert conditions. However, with Nevada’s natural springs they have plenty of water. Finding food to keep them alive is more challenging then just returning to a spring. Luckily  these horses are adaptive and have even made their own network to trails around the desert to get around. These are truly amazing animals because they have done such a great job at…

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Two Loving Owners Who Created Dangerous Horses

Wild Horse, Wyoming, Usa

Wild Horse, Wyoming, Usa

The defiant gelding refused to move forward, instead backing fast and deliberately toward another horse and the woman standing beside him. He lashed out, kicking high and landing a solid blow on her victim’s chest He also hit his victim’s hand, smashing a finger. No doubt he intended to harm the other horse, but fortunately, that did not happen.

The paint gelding was barely four but plenty old enough to understand good manners. Unfortunately, his owner didn’t have the necessary skills to prevent the injury.  She wasn’t in control, so could not prevent the kick. She didn’t scold or punish him after he kicked.  Continue reading