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Tags: Draft Horses, Horse Racing
Categories : Draft Horses, Equestrian Sports, Horse Racing
The Express (UK) reports that Shire horse numbers have dropped to an alarming low in their native Britain. While the Shire Horse Society takes steps to preserve the breed, a comment at the bottom of the article caught my eye:
The revelation comes ahead of a shire horse race to be held at Lingfield Park racecourse in Surrey.
On June 15, eight shires will take to the track in Britain’s first professional race over two furlongs.
The Showerking Flying Feathers Maiden Stakes was won by Joey; video here: http://www.lingfieldpark.co.uk/news/racing-shires-to-appear-on-bbcs-the-one-show/
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Tags: Equine Science & Health, History
Categories : Equine Science & Health, History
World’s Oldest Genome Sequenced From 700,000-Year-Old Horse DNA
Samples from a horse leg bone more than 700,000 years old have yielded the oldest full genome known to date.
The ancient horse genome also allowed the team to determine the evolutionary relationship between modern domestic horses and the endangered Przewalski’s horse, a native to the Mongolian steppes that represents the last living breed of wild horse.
The team found that Przewalski’s horses were an offshoot of the lineage that gave rise to domestic horses. The two groups diverged around 50,000 years ago.
More at NatGeo: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/06/130626-ancient-dna-oldest-sequenced-horse-paleontology-science
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Categories : Whimsy
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Categories : Horses in Art, Shopping, Zebras
Check out these adorable notecards from Etsy seller EnfinLaVoila: “This is a Photoshop montage I made with antique baroque prints. Can you resist?” You know you can’t. Get ‘em here.
(“But Defrost, what’s a quagga?”)
Embroidered prints and cards
Things you can buy, part two
Things you can buy, part one
Gucci’s 85th anniversary horse
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Categories : Equine Science & Health, Horse Breeding, Horses in the News
Prometea, a cloned Haflinger mare, gave birth to Pegaso on March 17; full story here. Interesting that her creator, Professor Cesare Galli, has faced criminal and religious sanctions for his reproductive research. Anyone know what legal grounds Italian authorities would have for seizing a cloned bull?
Five memorable mares
They did it again
Cloned mule trains for first race at San Joaquin fair
Company produces clones from cutting horses
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Categories : Blogging, Horse Photos, Horses in Art
Isn’t that one of the most arresting horse photos you’ve ever seen? It was taken by Wojtek Kwiatkowski; see a bigger version here along with more of his fantastic work.
And, er, um, hi again. Yeah, I’m back, and I do plan and sticking around for a bit this time; I’ve got several articles I’m researching at the moment, which will be posted in due course along with the usual drivel and filler. Might even be a book giveaway/contest in the future! It was gratifying to see that even while I was away, Bridlepath was still garnering several hundred (or more) hits a day; thank you all for reading it, adding it to your blogroll, telling your friends and so on. I’m catching up on updating my links, so if you asked for one, it will appear. Soon. Ish.
A few people have asked me about the header image I’m using. It’s The Horse Fair (1853-55) by French artist Rosa Bonheur. The full painting is below; click to embiggen.
So, now that I’m back…anything I should know about? What would you like to see more of? Less of?