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
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.
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
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
Founded by the Hollywood elite, Hollywood Park’s first race was run on June 10, 1938.
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
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
Exploring Heather Jansch’s website is a journey of creative discovery and immense beauty.
“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
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
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
That’s what the photo shows: yearling thoroughbred Must Win patiently standing on the roof of the barn.
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.
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.
The video of the horse rescue is incredibly moving. Continue reading
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
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