Articles featuring breeds and exceptional individual horses

Your Horse’s Fear of Puddles Turns Out to be Dead Right

August 1st, 2017|Categories: Features, Horses|Tags: , |

Okay, you win this one, Sprinkles. But I’m sticking to my guns on leaves and plastic bags. We’ve all been there. It’s been raining cats and dogs, but the clouds have parted enough to squeeze in a 20 minute ride, and you don’t care how much mud you’ll have to curry off or how much laundry [...]

Celebrating Ruffian

July 7th, 2017|Categories: Features, Horses|Tags: , , , , |

“As God is my judge, she might be better than Secretariat…” (Lucien Laurin, Secretariat’s trainer, quoted in the Blood Horse’s Thoroughbred Legends: Ruffian) She was born April 17, 1972 at Clairborne Farm, Kentucky, owned and bred by the Janney family of Maryland. Born into a royal bloodline her dam, Shenanigans, was the daughter of Native [...]

SHE won the first Belmont Stakes – Ruthless

June 9th, 2017|Categories: Features, Horses|Tags: , , , |

She was owned and bred by Francis Morris of New York, foaled on Morris’s farm in Throgg’s Neck, New York. Her sire, Eclipse, and dam, Barbarity, were both imported. Morris bred the pair repeatedly producing several colts who accomplished little on the track but several award winning fillies. Track folks referred to the group of daughters [...]

Twins Beating the Odds

May 24th, 2017|Categories: Features, Horses|Tags: , |

The odds of twin foals surviving is 1 in 10,000. It is certainly uncommon but HOW rare? For perspective, the following things are as likely as your mare having twins. Finding a four-leaf clover on the first try Being killed by lightening that hit someone else first Dying from internal bleeding resulting from a liver biopsy [...]

Mother’s Day

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

In its most elemental definition motherhood is the bearing of offspring. Motherhood is much more, the instinct to nurture even offspring other than our own, is an undeniable force. These two mares have taken mothering to an extraordinary level. Meet Crystal and Moonshine. In 2015, Crystal, an elderly mare at Mount Bundy station near Adelaide River [...]

Dancer’s Image Won the Derby then Lost the Derby

May 2nd, 2017|Categories: Features, Horses|Tags: , , , |

In 1968 Dancer’s Image won the Kentucky Derby by 1 ½ lengths guided by jockey, Bobby Ussery. Three days later he was disqualified and the second place horse, Forward Pass, was deemed the Derby winner. It was the first time in the Derby’s 133-year history that a winner was disqualified. So what happened? Was it Professor [...]

The Easter Bunny’s “Horse Cousin”

April 14th, 2017|Categories: Features, Horses|Tags: , |

They look like BIG bunnies but we can attest that they are pure genus equus – meet the Poitou donkey. Poitou donkeys originated in southern France, developed from donkeys imported from ancient Rome. They are the largest donkey breed historically used as breeding stock to produce working mules. Their coats are dark brown and black, they [...]

A Tale of Three Twinkies

April 6th, 2017|Categories: Features, Horses|Tags: , , , , |

April 6, 2017 is National Hostess Twinkies Day, a salute to the cream filled cake invented in Illinois in 1930. When we were young, Twinkies were standard store in our kitchen cupboard. When we did our homework, made our beds mom rewarded us with Twinkies.  Good memories. Twinkie? A silly name for a kids snack. But [...]

NOTHING LIKE HIM BEFORE OR SINCE – MAN O’ WAR

March 29th, 2017|Categories: Features, Horses|Tags: , , , |

Man O’ War was born 100 years ago today, March 29, 1917. Unquestionably the greatest Thoroughbred through his accomplishments on the track and as a stud. A century later “Big Red” remains the benchmark by which all American thoroughbreds are measured. He was a bold chestnut, 16’2 ½ hands, with one of the longest strides measured [...]

Coon Jumping into Spring

March 20th, 2017|Categories: Features, Horses|Tags: , , , |

Today is the first day of spring and we can't think of a better story to feature than one about springy, jumping horses. We considered writing about show jumping, cross country or puissance but settled on the rowdy, southern sport of Coon Jumping? You never heard of it? Well, we're fixin' to tell ya'll all about [...]