You’ve been asking, so here they are

30 08 2007

Thumbelina and Radar

Thumbelina and Radar, the world’s smallest and tallest horses respectively, together at last. Source

Related posts:

World’s largest horses

World’s smallest horse

Thumbelina on tour UPDATE: more pics!

World’s tallest horse (now on video)

A challenger for the title?

Thumbelina honoured for her charity work

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Yoo, hoo, parents…

28 08 2007

This might not be the best idea you ever had.

(See also: Baby’s Named a Bad, Bad Thing)

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Equine blog roundup

28 08 2007

Procession, originally uploaded by MaiKoh.

A quick look at what’s happening in the equine blogosphere:

Kimberly at I Gallop On shares a horsewoman’s secret

Barn Goddess has some great photos (bonus: palomino!)…

Rising Rainbow at MiKael’s Mania reveals five things we didn’t know about her

Jerri at Learning Horses offers five reasons to watch someone else ride your horse

Jane Savoie has twelve things you must know about putting your horse on the bit…

petArtistWithPeaches muses on the joys of peastone gravel

Deanna at Improving Communication Between Horse and Rider schools us on relative space

Fran Jurga reports on what (or who) might be behind the latest outbreak of equine influenza in Australia…

Fugly Horse of the Day has some sobering auction results (take the polls while you’re there, too!)…

Two contests at Karen’s EasyCare blog: Name the new EasyCare boot and a video competition

Transylvanian Horseman has some tips for spotting princesses in your midst…

There are plenty more great blogs in my sidebar; check ‘em out! If you’ve got a site you’d like to see on Bridlepath, I’m all ears…

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The Morgan Mile

28 08 2007

The Girls!, originally uploaded by poe_kayla.

From last year’s press release:

For the second year in a row the Morgan Mile Road Race created history as Morgan Horses were started from “scratch” and raced eighty rods down the same road that Justin Morgan did over two hundred years ago. More than one hundred spectators lined the Morgan Mile in Brookfield, Vermont as twelve Morgan horses raced in an official race sponsored by the Vermont Morgan Horse Association. Modern-day registered Morgans trotted down the historic Morgan Mile Road where the famous Morgan horse named Figure and later called Justin Morgan or the Morgan Horse raced down this old Vermont road. He was raced against two New York running horses in 1796, defeating both easily. That stretch of road is known as the “Morgan Mile” to this day and is located close to the place Justin Morgan is said to have lived.

The next race will be held September 15th on the Morgan Mile Road in Brookfield Vermont. More info: http://www.morganmile.com

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Belgium, horses, and shrimp (oh my)

26 08 2007

Shrimpers on horseback

Image source

As dying trades go, Belgium’s horseback shrimp fishery must be among the most arcane and outdated.

Men in bright yellow overalls and sou’-westers ride their plodding workhorses across the sands into the North Sea at low tide to trawl for shrimps in just the way that their forefathers have done for more than 500 years.

There are now fewer than a dozen left of the hundreds who once plied the same trade all around the North Sea — in France, the Netherlands and Britain.

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Are your house and barn prepared?

26 08 2007

Check out pluralized’s great photostream at Flickr

From Nan at www.equineU.com:

September is National Preparedness Month. EquineU.com is inviting all equestrian related businesses, non-profit groups, bloggers and horse owners to participate in the Raise Awareness for Home and Barn Preparedness campaign.

To help educate horse owners EquineU.com will distribute an online preparedness toolkit for businesses to use to promote horse owner emergency planning. The tool kit includes PDF files that may be downloaded or posted on your website, links to videos, a list of resources and events for the month and more. Preparedness Partners will be featured on the EquineU.com website.

To become a Preparedness Partner, register at equineU.com.

About EquineU.com

EquineU.com is dedicated to helping horse owners be ready in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. Their mission is to bring awareness of safety issues to the equestrian facility by providing quality educational materials through its website and podcasts.

About National Preparedness Month 2007

National Preparedness Month is a nationwide coordinated effort sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security each September to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools. More information is available at www.ready.gov.

This September will be the fourth annual National Preparedness Month. For the first time, the month will focus on different areas of emergency preparedness:

September 1-8; Back-to-School (Ready Kids)
September 9-15; Business preparedness (Ready Business)
September 16-22; Multicultural preparedness (Listo Campaign)
September 23-30; Home and family preparedness, including pets, older Americans and those individuals with disabilities and special needs (Ready America)

Photos available upon request.

Media Contact:
Nan Bowman
805.929.0921
nbowman@actionedu.com
www.equineU.com

Related posts:

Britain establishes protocol to aid horses in emergency situations

And he’s easy to feed, too

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Synthetic racetrack surfaces: the pros and cons

21 08 2007

After Barbaro’s very public injury, and nineteen equine deaths at Del Mar last year, the California Horse Racing Board mandated that synthetic racing surfaces be installed at all major thoroughbred tracks before the end of this year. So far, the reviews are mixed: the surfaces are springier, drain well, and don’t require watering. On the other hand, race times are slower and some trainers are reporting that their horses are getting sore back muscles from running on the new stuff. More here

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