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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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. 

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Riding Through Life with Maggie

maggiehorsehankI almost killed her. She’ll tell you that right up front. She was ten. I was twelve. She was on my horse, Blue. I was in the center, holding onto the lunge line, when Blue took off, running under a tree before I could stop her. Maggie reminds me of this often, laughing aloud as she reminisces.

But then I look at this photo and wonder….and laugh too.

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