First WARHorse Grave Protected

December 18th, 2017|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , , , |

Blackie’s grave has been granted heritage protection in England. His is the first war horse grave to be so honored and one of more than 1000 historical sites given protection in 2017. An estimated 8 million horses died in WW1 either killed during battle, or the effects of disease and starvation. More than 8 million [...]

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

December 18th, 2017|Categories: Features|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 [...]

Bolting Horses Stopped in Their Tracks

December 13th, 2017|Categories: Series|Tags: , , , , |

Today’s installment of WARHorses “History’s Horses” regales courageous actions set against the classic 20th century confrontation – horse versus automobile. Harvard Street, 1910 RESCUE THREE IN MOTOR CAR CHASE OF RUNAWAY PAIR. Mrs. Theodore Metcalf and Daughter Owe Lives to Brave Officers. Boston, MA,1910: By pressing an automobile into service and overtaking a pair [...]

O’Keeffe’s Horse Skulls

October 31st, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , |

Skeletons are scary, especially on Halloween when they’re most likely to chase you down a dark street - clackity clack. But not all bones are frightening, in fact they can be quite beautiful. Many famous artists have had an affinity for bones incorporating them into masterpieces. Leonardo drew them, Rembrandt painted them, Edvard Munch made etchings [...]

Demented Soul Takes a Hungry Horse’s Ears

October 30th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , |

How do we wrap our heads around the crazy actions of truly twisted individuals? Sure, it takes all kinds to make the world go ‘round but sometimes people go well beyond the pale. Recent case in point – some joker took the ears off a hungry horse. To be precise, they removed the ears off THE [...]

A Taxidermy Tribute to the Horses We Love

October 26th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , |

When faced with the inevitable most of us decide between burial and cremation for our beloved horses. For some however there is a third option, taxidermy. The practice is centuries old historically relegated to the regal WARHorses of kings but an option today for anyone who can afford it. Of course the end result may not be [...]

Libya’s Sibeeb are Steeped in Tradition

October 20th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , , |

Libya is a country divided but despite fractions, Libyans are deeply loyal to their immediate communities - homes. It is through this devotion that traditions carry on including one particular passion – Friday afternoon horse racing. “Horseback riding is in our blood, our children and the whole family love it,” explained rider, Ali al-Hadi. A [...]

Don’t Drink and Drive

October 5th, 2017|Categories: Series|Tags: , , |

This latest installment of WARHorses "History's Horses" reports the unfortunate result of drunk driving 160 years ago. The post is tragic but the writing style, judgemental and flourished, is a delight.  Illustration: Samuel Chamberlain 1855 SAD ACCIDENT OCT 8, 1851, Blackstone, MA: One of the melancholy results of intemperance, transpired this morning at Blackstone. A [...]

Hands Down the Toughest Frontier WARHorse That Ever Was – Stagecoach Mary

September 15th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , |

I must admit that once in a while I indulge in a pity party for myself. Oh my god, I have to wait 3 minutes for my lunch to heat in the microwave? You only have soft serve ice cream – what? No sorbet? The paraffin hot waxer is broken would I like a hot oil [...]

Finders No Keepers

September 14th, 2017|Categories: History's Horses, Series|Tags: , |

SEP 22, 1911, BOWBELLS, ND: Taken up at my place last week, seven miles north and four miles east of Bowbells, one old brown horse with halter on and lump on front right knee, also a bay yearling colt, small star on face. Owner can have same by calling at my place, paying damages, advertising [...]