Old Joe Gone

May 18th, 2019|Categories: Fun, History's Horses, Management, Series|Tags: , , |

Death of Col. Baxter Smith’s War Horse - A Historic Animal - Campaigns and Battles in which He Was Engaged. Died on May 17, 1883, Joe Massengale, the cavalry horse of Col. Baxter Smith, aged about 27 years. Nashville, TN (USA) May1883: Old Joe was a beautiful bay, handsomely formed and was certainly of illustrious [...]

Unlikely Horse Joins Caisson Program

April 27th, 2019|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , , |

He was born wild, a mustang roaming free in the American west. Free until his herd was rounded up and he was sent to the Northern Nevada Correctional Center (NNCC) chosen for the inmate wild horse training program and a better chance for adoption. He excelled with his training, this a large, black-bay horse with a [...]

Army Mascot Receives Promotion

April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , |

Fort Sill, Oklahoma (USA) February 5, 2019: Several hundred soldiers and family members gathered February 5 as two unit members received promotions at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Big Deuce VII and Short Round VI were promoted to staff sergeant and specialist respectively. Everyone on hand agreed the promotions were well deserved after all neither had ever bit [...]

Retiring Army Mule Seeks New Home

February 24th, 2019|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , , , |

It may surprise you to learn that today's modern armed forces still utilize horses, mules and donkeys part of a long standing military tradition - caisson horses, Sergeant Reckless. Every animal is considered an active member of the unit. When they reach retirement age, the military employs a strict vetting process to transition them into loving [...]

Honoring Black Jack

February 6th, 2018|Categories: Features, Horses, Training|Tags: |

Black Jack was a feisty 15.1 hand black Morgan/Quarter horse cross born in Kansas in 1947. He was purchased by the US Army in 1950 and sent to Ft. Myer, Virginia in 1952 as a cavalry mount. Black Jack had no interest in being ridden, tossing nearly everyone who tried. His good looks and commanding personality [...]

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 [...]

Trooping the Colour – Celebrating the Queen’s Birthday

June 16th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Saturday, June 17, beginning 10 AM, London time Since 1748, Trooping the Colour has been the official commemoration of the sovereign’s birthday. Originally it was a parade of sorts when regiment colours were trooped in front of soldiers so they could recognize their unit in battle. In 1748, King George II combined his birthday with [...]

Remembrance Sunday, November 13

November 10th, 2016|Categories: Features, Science & History|Tags: , , |

Remembrance Sunday is a memorial day observed in the Commonwealth of Nations. The day ensures that no one will be forgotten; military and civilian, men and women even horses who suffered or died during the two World Wars and later conflicts. Wreaths of remembrance poppies are laid upon memorials, muffled church bells ring across the countryside [...]

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 [...]

How Do You Groom a 200 Year Old WARHorse?

August 3rd, 2016|Categories: Art & Culture, Features|Tags: , , , |

...very, very carefully. Napoleon Bonaparte didn’t ride a horse until military duties required it. He was a bad rider regardless, he rode the very best horses, a benefit of being Emporer. During his 14 year reign, he had over 130 mounts and one of his favorites was a petite, white, Arabian stallion named Le Virzi. Le [...]