horses

Teenager Rides Horse To Safety, Escaping Wildfire

In an effort to escape a growing wildfire, a 16-year-old saddled up her Quarter Horse and rode through bumper-to-bumper traffic in Alberta this week. Jada Polem and her family were forced to evacuate their home near Fort McMurray and were able to secure a trailer for two of the family’s three horses. When it became […]

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Eastern Equine Encephalitis Claims Third Horse in New York

Officials in New York have confirmed that a third horse has died from eastern equine encephalitis, a mosquito-borne illness which is often fatal to horses. The horse, who died Sept. 6, had not been vaccinated. Two other horses, also in central New York, died earlier this summer. One human case of the illness has been […]

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Scaled-Down Scottish ‘Kelpies’ Arrive for New York’s Tartan Week

Two 10-foot-tall horse sculptures will be featured in New York City’s Bryant Park to celebrate Tartan Week, a month-long celebration honoring the city’s Scottish heritage. The steel sculptures are a scaled-down version of the 100-foot-tall monument, entitled “The Kelpies,” created by artist Andy Scott for a park in Falkirk, Scotland. Scott told WCBS 880 that […]

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Skijoring: The Equine Sport That Almost Made the Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympics are without an equestrian event these days, but a recent article by Slate magazine points out that there was one horse-related activity that almost made the cut. Skijoring, the Nordic sport in which a skier is pulled over a cross country course by a horse under tack, began in the 1800s as a […]

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California Drought Creates Desperate Situation for Horse Owners

Unusually dry weather in central California is beginning to take a toll on ranchers and horse farmers, according to a CNN report on Thursday. Horse owner Harold Kelly admitted to borrowing money to feed his animals hay during a part of the year when they could normally rely on pasture. Others have reached the end […]

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New York State Horse Council Steps in to Support Carriage Horses

As the political battle surrounding New York City’s carriage population continues, the New York State Horse Council issued a statement of support for the carriage drivers and their plight on Monday. NYSHC president Marsha Himler said in the statement that the carriage horses are subject to more regulations regarding their care than almost any other […]

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Former Boxer Holyfield Recalls Assault on a Horse

Former boxer Evander Holyfield, who is a contestant on the UK’s Celebrity Big Brother, recently apologized for discussing an incident in which he says he punched a horse in the face. Holyfield recounted to his roommates on a recent episode of the show that after being dumped by a horse (who he alternately refers to […]

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Spanish Release Horses as Part of ‘Rewilding Effort’

While U.S. officials struggle to manage wild horses, Spanish officials have released several dozen horses in a biological reserve in the past two years as part of an effort to boost the country’s wild horse population. Wildlife experts say that parts of the country are returning to a wild state as the Spanish population abandons […]

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Comeback Kid: Filly Found Frozen to the Ground Recovering Well

An Appaloosa filly found frozen to the ground last week in Utah is making progress in her recovery, according to her rescuers. The horse, now known as Elsa, is about a year and a half old and nearly dead from hypothermia when she and her dam were discovered by a passerby. Both Elsa and her […]

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Slaughterhouse Sues New Mexico Officials for Slander

Valley Meat Company, the business that has been fighting to begin slaughtering horses in New Mexico, announced this week that it will sue New Mexico Attorney General Gary King for slander, harassment, conspiracy, and abuse of process. Blair Dunn, attorney for the company, submitted letters to the state’s risk management department citing his intentions. Dunn […]

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