Horses are part of world beyond the barn, they are symbols of power and strength exemplified through art and culture

Van Gogh’s Post-Impressionistic and Most-Impressionistic Equines

March 30th, 2019|Categories: Art & Culture, Features, Training|Tags: |

He is the tragic genius who painted sunflowers and starry nights like no one before him. One would be hard pressed to find someone who never heard of Vincent Willem Van Gogh. His name alone conjures images of layered brush strokes and brilliant color giving us timeless expressions of rural landscapes and 19th century life. Van [...]

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 [...]

Coin Operated Horse Gets a Reboot

May 9th, 2018|Categories: Art & Culture, Events, Features|Tags: , , |

Vidler’s 5 & 10 in East Aurora, New York purchased the coin operated horse in 1962, over the years, Sandy has given rides to thousands of children.  Last week she was placed “out of order” for a few days while her worn saddle and stirrups were repaired. Repairman tends to Sandy at Vidlers 5 and [...]

WARHorses’ Favorite Posts from “Ask the Past”

April 17th, 2018|Categories: Art & Culture, Features, Management|Tags: |

"Ask the Past" is a terrifically zany blog for bibliophiles. Drawing wisdom from antique texts, each post imparts strange advice with a modern zing. These ancient treasures have been exhumed by historian Elizabeth Archibald, who has a Ph.D. in History from Yale University. Her research focuses on medieval education and the history of the book, and [...]

A New Perspective Under-Horse

December 21st, 2017|Categories: Art & Culture, Features, Training|Tags: , |

Those rooftop footsteps overhead may not belong to Santa and his reindeer… …for Andrius Burba the source is more likely a cat, dog or even a horse. Burba, a professional photographer from Lithuania, photographs animals from underneath. His first project, cats, was such a success, he went on to photograph dogs, bunnies and more recently, [...]

Happy Birthday Toulouse Lautrec – An Artist Who Loved Horses

November 24th, 2017|Categories: Art & Culture, Features|Tags: |

Henri de Toulouse Lautrec was born November 24, 1864 in southern France to an aristocratic family. When his parents separated, Henri went with his mother to Paris. Raised in an environment of privilege, Henri loved horses and rode frequently. At a young age, Henri sketched prolifically filling notebook after notebook, horses were frequent subjects. As he [...]

O’Keeffe’s Horse Skulls

October 31st, 2017|Categories: Art & Culture, 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: Art & Culture, 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: Art & Culture, 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 [...]

Not Just for Identification – Horse Tattoos

June 1st, 2017|Categories: Art & Culture, Features|Tags: |

For centuries, horses were branded with a hot iron to identify ownership. In 1947 horse racing authorities embraced tattooing. Regulations required all North American racing horses, Thoroughbreds, Standardbreds, Quarter Horses and Appaloosas, to have an identifing lip tattoo  before their first race. While tattoos have become the standard for identification, the process also offers a medical application. [...]