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You’re Fired! UK’s First Guide Horse Loses Job

January 3rd, 2019|Categories: Breeds, Features, Horses|Tags: , |

Digby, an American Miniature horse, is Britain’s first recognized guide horse (WARHorses has written about Digby before). Trained by Katy Smith, 58, KL Pony Therapy, he was placed with BBC journalist Mohammed Salin Patel last year. All was going well until Digby experienced an unexpected growth spurt. He became too large to maneuver around Patel’s office [...]

Metro Meteor the Acclaimed Painting Horse Retires

March 9th, 2018|Categories: Features, Horses, Training|Tags: , , |

Metro Meteor was a fierce competitor at the track winning 8 turf sprints and earning $300,000. After 3 years racing and 2 knee surgeries, Metro was no longer competitive and retired. Ron and Wendy Krajewski, who owned a percentage of Metro, decided to adopt him for themselves. They would give him a safe, forever home and [...]

Digby – Guiding the UK to New Realms

February 20th, 2018|Categories: Breeds, Features, Horses, Management, Training|Tags: , , , |

Mohammed Salim Patel is a journalist for the BBC. The 23-year-old has a degenerative eye condition, retinitis pigmentosa, and needs a guide dog to help him manage, but Patel has a phobia of dogs. Inspired by a documentary, Patel decided a guide horse was an ideal option. He has always loved horses, others were using them, [...]

Honoring Black Jack

February 6th, 2018|Categories: Features, Horses, Training|Tags: |

Black Jack was a feisty 15.1 hand black Morgan/Quarter horse cross born in Kansas in 1947. He was purchased by the US Army in 1950 and sent to Ft. Myer, Virginia in 1952 as a cavalry mount. Black Jack had no interest in being ridden, tossing nearly everyone who tried. His good looks and commanding personality [...]

This Horse Ain’t a Horse

February 1st, 2018|Categories: Breeds, Features, Horses|Tags: , |

The old horse skull sat on a shelf at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County for decades. Originally discovered during the Great Depression by archeologist, Mark Harrington, its condition was so well preserved it was dismissed as a “modern sample”. The skull was one of a treasure trove of bones from the Gypsum Cave [...]

Australia’s 2017 Racing Hall of Fame Inductees – Light Fingers and Saintly

December 18th, 2017|Categories: Features, Horses|Tags: , , , , |

Light Fingers Le Filou x Cuddlesome Her sire was, Le Filou, which in French means “pickpocket” or “thief”.  Her pedigree was impeccable and expectations for her racing career were high. However, those who worked with the fragile mare were skeptical. Light Fingers, trained by Bart Cummings, she would, at least for a time, sway skeptics and [...]

Meet Bucking Champion Virgil

December 12th, 2017|Categories: Features, Horses|Tags: , , |

John McNeely, 53, has been raising bucking horses on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana since high school.  One of his horses, Virgil, a big 13-year-old grey gelding was recently honored by his cowboy peers as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Bareback Horse of the Year. Virgil’s bucking talents have also been recognized by the Canadian Professional [...]

Missouri’s Wild Horses Have a People Problem

December 5th, 2017|Categories: Features, Horses|Tags: |

Visitors entering state or national parks are warned to stay away from the wild animals – don’t pet them, don’t feed them and keep a safe distance. Seemingly obvious advice if one might chance encounter a bear or mountain lion but the danger is much less apparent when the park’s wild residents are horses. Echo Bluff [...]

6 Truths About Owning Mules

October 4th, 2017|Categories: Features, Horses|Tags: , , |

Written by Maria Wachter, Contributor HorseNation.com Mules: 50% horse, 50% donkey, 150% themselves Mules are a lot like horses: after all their momma (or daddy, if you have a hinny) was one. They also are a lot different from horses. They are all unique and have their own personalities but there are a few things that [...]

The Prized Paso Fino

August 2nd, 2017|Categories: Breeds, Features, Horses|Tags: , , |

Recently a friend called and asked if I wanted to go to a local Paso Fino show. Not knowing much about Paso’s, going to a show sounded interesting. It certainly was. We spent the entire day at the event mesmerized by these beautiful horses. One of the morning classes was a halter class. Two finely dressed [...]