Articles featuring breeds and exceptional individual horses

The Cleveland Bay Horse Makes History at Colonial Williamsburg

July 3rd, 2019|Categories: Breeds, Features, Horses|Tags: , , , , , |

Visitors to Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, are transported back in time to America’s 18th century capital. The town is a living museum of colonial life providing a dimensional perspective to America’s history. The historically accurate experience fully embraces its colonial legacy from its original buildings, cadre of Nation Builders portraying historical figures right down to serving historically [...]

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 [...]

Secretariat’s Progeny and 30 YO Daughter

March 31st, 2019|Categories: Features, Horses, Training|Tags: , , |

I enjoy the occasional story that pops up on the internet when someone discovers they have a son or daughter of Secretariat. Big Red was born today, March 30, 1970 out of Bold Ruler and Somethingroyal. Secretariats First Foal, First Secretary Retired from his phenomenal racing career, Big Red was sent to stud at [...]

You’re Fired! UK’s First Guide Horse Loses Job

January 3rd, 2019|Categories: Breeds, Features, Horses|Tags: , |

Digby, an American Miniature horse, is Britain’s first recognized guide horse (WARHorses has written about Digby before). Trained by Katy Smith, 58, KL Pony Therapy, he was placed with BBC journalist Mohammed Salin Patel last year. All was going well until Digby experienced an unexpected growth spurt. He became too large to maneuver around Patel’s office [...]

Metro Meteor the Acclaimed Painting Horse Retires

March 9th, 2018|Categories: Features, Horses, Training|Tags: , , |

Metro Meteor was a fierce competitor at the track winning 8 turf sprints and earning $300,000. After 3 years racing and 2 knee surgeries, Metro was no longer competitive and retired. Ron and Wendy Krajewski, who owned a percentage of Metro, decided to adopt him for themselves. They would give him a safe, forever home and [...]

Digby – Guiding the UK to New Realms

February 20th, 2018|Categories: Breeds, Features, Horses, Management, Training|Tags: , , , |

Mohammed Salim Patel is a journalist for the BBC. The 23-year-old has a degenerative eye condition, retinitis pigmentosa, and needs a guide dog to help him manage, but Patel has a phobia of dogs. Inspired by a documentary, Patel decided a guide horse was an ideal option. He has always loved horses, others were using them, [...]

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 [...]

This Horse Ain’t a Horse

February 1st, 2018|Categories: Breeds, Features, Horses|Tags: , |

The old horse skull sat on a shelf at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County for decades. Originally discovered during the Great Depression by archeologist, Mark Harrington, its condition was so well preserved it was dismissed as a “modern sample”. The skull was one of a treasure trove of bones from the Gypsum Cave [...]

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

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

Meet Bucking Champion Virgil

December 12th, 2017|Categories: Features, Horses|Tags: , , |

John McNeely, 53, has been raising bucking horses on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana since high school.  One of his horses, Virgil, a big 13-year-old grey gelding was recently honored by his cowboy peers as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Bareback Horse of the Year. Virgil’s bucking talents have also been recognized by the Canadian Professional [...]