Love Among Warhorses

Napoleon’s Marengo (an Arab, Turcoman or Barb) and the Duke of Wellington’s Copenhagen (a three-quarters thoroughbred) were the most famous chargers of the nineteenth century. Both were named after famous victories of their masters. Both feature in heroic portraits, and both had their hooves repurposed after death – Marengo’s as cruet, Copenhagen’s as an inkstand. …

Working Like Trojans

Some Marengo High School students wanted to do something big. Their project for humanities class had to have something to do with the ancient Greeks. … “It was a surprise and it was a big surprise,” said teacher Bob Pomykala said. The students wouldn’t tell Pomykala what they were up to. “They said they had …

They Shoot Horses

Spiegel Online just published a large feature on a new history book which details transcripts of conversations between German combat veterans of World War Two. As you can imagine, they make for an uncomfortable read. I found this extract, which seemed to me to sum up our strange attitudes to horses. Pohl: “I had to …

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 …