Salvos Across the Equine Gene Pool: a Reader

This is not so much a post as a string of links to some interesting, thought-provoking essays elsewhere and a question: what is “pure blood” and should it matter? Let me explain. Roughly speaking, until the nineteenth century and even the twentieth century, the vast majority of horses and ponies in the West were not …

About Those 52 Thoroughbreds That Need a Home

A couple of weeks ago a friend emailed about a developing horse welfare situation in the US – one that’s not uncommon these days: “I am re-posting this for somebody…’FREE horses!!! 52 thoroughbred horses need homes. Will go to Sugarcreek this Sat. for slaughter. Gentleman died and his son wants nothing to do with them. …

The Definition of Abuse

FEI GENERAL REGULATIONS 23rd edition, 1 January 2009, updated 1 January 2010 Article 142 – Abuse of Horses 1. No person may abuse a Horse during an Event or at any other time. “Abuse” means an action or omission which causes or is likely to cause pain or unnecessary discomfort to a Horse, including without …

Here’s One for Fugly Horse of the Day

From the Herald News: The owner of the bay mustang taken into the town’s custody last week insists her horse has never been neglected, but several months ago fell into a funk and stopped eating the way she should. Ellie Rose, of 27 Marshall St., said she has been working diligently to get the horse, …

Oddments

Sealskin will no longer be used for sporran manufacture. It’ll be ponyskin instead. Anthropologie has a very pretty catalogue full of very pretty clothes and a whole heap of pretty horses. A South African pony called Bertie kicked a pit bull in the head after it attacked his nads. Champion racemare Sariska has been retired …