Posts tagged ‘horse’

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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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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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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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