Keeping Tradition “Alive”

Another depressing piece on ponies kept on common land, this time on the Gower peninsula. It’s from This is South Wales:   It costs as little as £2 to buy some foals — less than a pint of beer — but around £200 to put them down and dispose of them, according to the Gower …

Throwaway Ponies

More abandoned horses: after dead and dying ponies were found dumped on Bodmin Moor, police in the New Forest suspect the same thing is happening in Hampshire: An animal abandoned near Lyndhurst had to be shot because it was in a weak condition. It was found just two days after a dead pony had been …

Poor Beasts on Bodmin

Very upsetting images in this BBC report from Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, where the corpses of emaciated ponies have been found. It’s unclear if they were killed by disease or were victims of  neglect by a non-commoner owner who then dumped them.

Rehabilitating a Young Offender

“Zara Doidge-Walker, who runs Barnt Green Horse and Animal Rescue Centre with her mother Rayna, took second in the Blue Chip RLF Joint Power on the five-year-old Biberty Boberty Boo – one of their rescue horses. ‘We got a phone call from the police that an 18-month-old filly was running riot in Stourbridge town centre,’ …

Rocking Horse Winner

The Stevenson Brothers have made a rocking-horse replica of three-day eventer Headley Britannia which will be just one of the lots in a British Horse Society auction to aid their Drawing the Line campaign against irresponsible breeding. Sadly I couldn’t track down a photo, nor a shot of another famous rocker I read about – …

Forbidden Flesh

I’ve become interested in the trade and tradition of horse meat consumption as part of my research. We ate horses for 90,000 years before we thought to ride them, and yet horse meat is a taboo substance in the Anglo world – very much a case of them vs. us, “civilised” vs. “barbarians”.  I have …

Round Up

Rodeo mules in San Antonio swan dive into water tanks to entertain the paying public. “What’s wrong with a mule diving into a cold pool on a hot day?” asks their trainer. Where to start? A starved, dying horse is dumped in an LA street. Police question locals to find the owners. NFL player Jared …