Articles featuring breeds and exceptional individual horses

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 [...]

A Toast to Ireland’s Horses

March 17th, 2017|Categories: Breeds, Features, Horses|Tags: , , , , , |

Horses arrived in Ireland before it became an island. Horses migrated west from the Asian steppes across Europe and into Ireland crossing ancient land bridges. Ancient remains found throughout Ireland show the Irish domesticated horses before 2000 B.C. Breeding horses has for centuries been one of Ireland’s most important and prolific industries. Today some of the [...]

BAAAAAAAd Asses

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

Being a shepherd in northern Italy is a centuries old occupation. Roaming herds of sheep have traditionally been tended by older men but in recent years many young Italians have chosen shepherding as their occupation. Italy’s challenged economy and financial austerity make it especially difficult for graduates to find employment. Thousands are opting for a simpler [...]

Horses Make a Big Splash with Harvest

January 25th, 2017|Categories: Features, Horses|Tags: , , |

When we think of farming with horses, we immediately imagine a team pulling a large hoe through the ground, back and forth, forming parallel rows into which seeds are sown. When farmers hitch their horses in Prince Edward Island, PEI, a small Canadian province in the North Atlantic they’re not headed to the back 40, they’re [...]

Houston. We’ve Got a Problem!

December 19th, 2016|Categories: Features, Horses|Tags: , |

...And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof The prancing and pawing of each little hoof. I ran out the door and quick turned around My crazy fool horse on the roof's what I found. Any other time of the year, footsteps on the roof would be cause for a desperate call to [...]

A Holiday Miracle in the Stable

December 16th, 2016|Categories: Features, Horses|Tags: , , , , |

The holidays are imbued with wonder and surprise. Last year Jenni and Guy Benson, warm blood owners/breeders of Saratoga Studs in South Africa received a particularly special surprise. Jenni’s prize mare, Treliver D’Aquitaine, Daisy, was pregnant with her first foal.  She was a week past her due date and anxiety levels were soaring. Finally, Daisy went [...]

The Most “Bear-able” Friendship!

December 8th, 2016|Categories: Features, Horses|Tags: , , |

May 2013 a small bay foal was born at the Dartmoor National Park and rejected by his mother. A concerned farmer found him and phone The Mare and Foal Sanctuary for help. Only a few hours old, he was hungry and trying unsuccessfully to suckle from other mares in the herd. Sanctuary workers rushed to the [...]

This Christmas Mini Makes Big Bucks for Charity

December 6th, 2016|Categories: Features, Horses|Tags: , , |

Tinker is a miniature horse but during the holidays he becomes a giant – a giant among the Salvation Army’s bell ringers. The adorable mini spends hours next to the red kettle ringing a red bell. According to Salvation Army Commander, Major Roger Ross, Tinker raises 10 times the amount of other bell ringers in the [...]

Dodging a Knock Out Punch

September 14th, 2016|Categories: Features, Horses|Tags: , , , |

Britain’s oldest native breed horse is more endangered than China’s giant panda or the Siberian tiger. Only 300 Suffolk Punches remain in the UK. Both the Rare Breeds Survival Trust in the UK and the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy consider its status critical. The Suffolk Punch originated from Medieval WARHorses, sturdy mounts on which titans clashed [...]