Articles featuring breeds and exceptional individual horses

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 [...]

Birthday Magic

June 15th, 2016|Categories: Features, Horses|Tags: , |

Today is someone’s birthday and it’s a very special birthday indeed. Today (June 15, 2016) Magic turns 47 years old making her the oldest living Arabian. What’s the secret to Magic’s longevity? Good genes certainly, Magic’s mother lived to be 44. The rest may be attributed to simple diet and regular exercise. Magic lives near Phoenix, [...]

Boneco is the Bees Knees of Burros

May 27th, 2016|Categories: Features, Horses|Tags: , |

There are over 100 beekeepers in the the rural town of Itatira in the Brazilian state of Ceará. The region is arid and uncultivable but makes an ideal environment for bee keeping. The most successful beekeeping duo in the area is an unlikely pair with a unique method for harvesting. Manuel Juaraci, 59, and his donkey [...]