Horses are part of world beyond the barn, they are symbols of power and strength exemplified through art and culture

Libya’s Sibeeb are Steeped in Tradition

October 20th, 2017|Categories: Art & Culture, Features|Tags: , , , , |

Libya is a country divided but despite fractions, Libyans are deeply loyal to their immediate communities - homes. It is through this devotion that traditions carry on including one particular passion – Friday afternoon horse racing. “Horseback riding is in our blood, our children and the whole family love it,” explained rider, Ali al-Hadi. A [...]

Not Just for Identification – Horse Tattoos

June 1st, 2017|Categories: Art & Culture, Features|Tags: |

For centuries, horses were branded with a hot iron to identify ownership. In 1947 horse racing authorities embraced tattooing. Regulations required all North American racing horses, Thoroughbreds, Standardbreds, Quarter Horses and Appaloosas, to have an identifing lip tattoo  before their first race. While tattoos have become the standard for identification, the process also offers a medical application. [...]

Guess You Better Slow Your Mustang Down – NOT!

April 17th, 2017|Categories: Art & Culture, Features|Tags: , , , |

On this day in 1964 America’s automotive industry won the hearts of horse lovers. There’s something intrinsically romantic about wild horses – mustangs and brumbies – running free on an open range.  The automotive industry picked up on this idealism and they drove it down the road to the bank. The day before it's release, Ford [...]

Equestrian EGG-cellence!

April 13th, 2017|Categories: Art & Culture, Features|Tags: , |

Easter is upon us and while most of us associated bunnies with the secular aspect of this holiday, horses have an oddly frequent presence on decorative eggs. Let’s take a look! Ukrainian Pysanka Easter egg, pysanka, decorating is a form of Ukrainian folk art. Receipt of a pysanka is a token of friendship and esteem. A pysanka [...]

An Irish Tale – Oisin and Naimh and the Magical Horse They Rode

March 17th, 2017|Categories: Art & Culture, Features|Tags: , |

The fabled paradise island of Tír na nÓg is said to be located off of the west coast of Ireland. Tír na nÓg is the land of perpetual youth, a land where time stands still. In legend, those who live on the island never grow old, never get sick and never know sorrow. The island is [...]

Get Ready to Impress Your Football Friends!

February 2nd, 2017|Categories: Art & Culture, Features|Tags: |

Sunday evening is thee highlight of America’s football season – the Super Bowl. The top two teams play one final game to determine who is the best team of the season. We Americans go a little nuts wearing team’s colors, draping team flags off our front porches and if you like beer and hot wings, there’s [...]

Equestrian Sculptures Reflect Humanity

January 26th, 2017|Categories: Art & Culture, Features|Tags: , |

In art the horse figure exudes a particular aesthetic of power and conquest – terms intricately linked to man’s achievements. "Lapidarium, Waiting for the Barbarians," is a public art installation which features imposing figures of horses. The works created by Mexican artist, Gustavo Aceves will be traveling the world through 2018. Hopefully you will have a [...]

Everything You Never Knew You Never Knew About Sleigh Bells

December 20th, 2016|Categories: Art & Culture, Features|Tags: , , , |

Originally posted by our friends and content partners, in 2015. Managing Editor, Kristen Kovatch wrote this delightful post delving into our passion for holiday jingle bells. Kristen knows of what she writes, she drives a team of Percherons! We sing about them, decorate our Christmas cards and ugly sweaters with them, and love to hear [...]

The Power of Love

September 28th, 2016|Categories: Art & Culture, Features|Tags: , , |

The Skidi Pawnee lived in Nebraska along the Missouri River from the late 1600-1800’s. The tribe’s rich history was kept in a sacred bundle, an animal skin wrapped around sacred items like an ear of corn or an eagle feather. Each item in the sacred bundle represented a great event which the keeper of the bundle [...]

How Do You Groom a 200 Year Old WARHorse?

August 3rd, 2016|Categories: Art & Culture, Features|Tags: , , , |

...very, very carefully. Napoleon Bonaparte didn’t ride a horse until military duties required it. He was a bad rider regardless, he rode the very best horses, a benefit of being Emporer. During his 14 year reign, he had over 130 mounts and one of his favorites was a petite, white, Arabian stallion named Le Virzi. Le [...]