A Horse Named Lady Wonder – Genius? Psychic? Hoax?

April 2nd, 2019|Categories: Features, Horses, Training|Tags: , , |

She was a national phenom. More than 150,000 people traveled to Richmond, Virginia to meet her in person. By 1927 she was famous from coast to coast, this black, part Thoroughbred mare with three white socks but not for sport as you might think. No, this mare was famous for her ability to solve problems and [...]

Two Horses. Two Outcomes. The Cyclone of 1880

March 28th, 2019|Categories: Fun, History's Horses, Management, Series|Tags: , , |

Taylorville, ILL (USA) April 1880: Near the hour of sunset of Saturday, April 24, 1880, the western part of Christian county was visited with a terrible cyclone, which swept everything in its path and was very destructive of life and property. The storm entered Christian county about four or five miles northwest from Morrisonville and traveled [...]

Did You Know Dr. Seuss Wrote a Book About Naked Women and Horses?

March 3rd, 2019|Categories: Art & Culture, Features|Tags: , , |

Theodor Seuss Geisel aka Dr. Seuss Who hasn’t read “The Cat in the Hat” or “Horton Hears a Who” or watched “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” during the holidays? Theodor Seuss Geisel aka Dr. Seuss is one of the most beloved authors of children’s books in our lifetime. Born March 2, 1904 in [...]

Balancing Motherhood and Career

February 10th, 2019|Categories: Fun, History's Horses, Management|Tags: , |

Perth, Western Australia (WA), 1907: The mare must not be heated when the foal is very young, as her milk when in that state is bad for the foal. Young calves will rub along nicely with two meals a day, given morning and evening, but the foal is a more frequent feeder, and the mare should [...]

“Feeling Your Oats”

February 9th, 2019|Categories: Fun, Horse Phrases, Management|Tags: |

Feeling one’s oats describes someone who is energized, enthusiastic even assertive. The phrase was originally used to describe a horse’s energetic behavior after being fed oats. The origins of the phrase are unknown but are found in English literature by the mid 1500’s. “That wilfull and vnruly age, which lacketh rypenes and discretion, and (as wee [...]

Meow! Society Column Slays the 1896 National Horse Show

November 17th, 2018|Categories: Fun, History's Horses, Management, Series|Tags: , |

A bit of context first. The "Horse Show" refers to the National Horse Show founded in 1883 by a group of wealthy, influential sportsmen. The reporter, Cholly Knickerbocker, is a pseudonym used by a series of society columnists writing for the New York American and New York Journal. The writer penning as Cholly is actually John [...]

A Disney Classic for Halloween

October 31st, 2018|Categories: Favorite Videos, Fun, Management, Series|Tags: , |

In 1949, Walt Disney Productions released “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, an animated adaptation of the 1820 story by Washington Irving. The film was Disney’s 11th animated feature. Disney’s entire staff of core animators, known as “the 9 old men” worked on the film. The music was composed by Oliver Wallace who recorded himself whistling as [...]

Weaning Woes and Other Considerations of Youth

October 10th, 2018|Categories: Fun, History's Horses, Management, Series|Tags: , |

Perth, WA October 7, 1906: Horsebreeders are often at a loss to know exactly when to wean. It is a matter which circumstances alone should decide. From five to six months is generally about the weaning age. A very delicate foal or a backward youngster may run a little longer than that, but it is always [...]

President’s Equestrian Portrait Headlines the News

September 8th, 2018|Categories: Fun, History's Horses, Management, Series|Tags: , |

New York, September 18, 1790. The President’s Portrait, Is finifhed by Trumbull - and a fine thing it is; defigned and executed in his fuperior ftyle of excellence. it is a full length, in his uniform of blue and bugs - boots and fpurs - head uncovered, - moft nobly relieved, in contract with a luminous [...]

May I Please Have a Glass of Tepid Water?

August 20th, 2018|Categories: Fun, History's Horses, Management, Series|Tags: , , |

Advice from the weekly column "Horse" Perth, AUS, August 1906: The question of watering before or after feeding has never been settled. A leading: English authority states that horses should never be watered after feeding, but always before, especially if the feed, is grain. If a horse is very thirsty give him water, aud then wait [...]