World’s first cloned horse has a foal (the old-fashioned way)

5 05 2008

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?

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Police horse clocks out early

4 05 2008

Aldo, you scamp

(Image source)

From The Gothamist:

After getting spooked and throwing its mounted officer yesterday, Aldo the police horse managed to make its way home to the station house at 6th Ave. and Ericcson Pl. Aldo freaked out at the sound of screeching brakes in Soho yesterday afternoon, causing him to throw his rider, who was taken to St. Vincent’s with minor injuries. After getting the cop off his back, Aldo ran free through the streets before ambling about ten blocks home. NYPD spokesman Paul Browne says that Aldo “knows his turf.”

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Eight Belles

3 05 2008

Eight Belles

(Image source: New York Times)

I know. I know. Go read these:

Why we care…or not

Please don’t create a cult around her

Read this one twice:

Breeding out the usefulness?

UPDATE: oh hello Washington Post, nice of you to ask the same questions… ;)

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Help, my ass has fallen down a well…

17 09 2007

Look at that FACE!

Don’t worry, he came out of it with just a few bruises. Story and title courtesy of the redoubtable raincoaster, who loves a good ass pun as much as I do.

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As dying trades go, Belgium’s horseback shrimp fishery must be among the most arcane and outdated.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

16 08 2007

Days after they were evicted from a condemned stable in Baltimore 51 horses and ponies that pull arabber fruit and vegetable carts returned to Baltimore today.

They’ll stay in a temporary stable at Pimlico Race Course while a permanent replacement is sought for the arabber stable, one of three remaining in the city. They at first moved to a stable in Bowie before being brought to Pimlico this afternoon.

Arabbers have been a part of Baltimore street life for decades, peddling produce and seafood on horse-drawn carriages. However, less than a dozen arabbers work the streets of Baltimore today.

The city condemned the horses’ former home last week after inspectors discovered structural problems, filth, rodent infestation and trash blocking exits. Link

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Horse 1, cow 0

16 08 2007

Cutting, originally uploaded by photobassman.

A horse has been credited with saving the life of a woman attacked by an angry cow in Scotland.

The horse’s deeds were reported in The Scotsman newspaper.

The farmer, Fiona Boyd, 40, was reportedly attempting to reunite a cow with its calf in a herd.

The Scotsman reported that the cow attacked when it sighted its calf just as Mrs Boyd approached the young animal.

The cow knocked her to the ground and then put its full weight on top of her.

Mrs Boyd’s 15-year-old chestnut mare came to her aid, kicking at the cow to make it move. She was able to crawl to safety while the mare continued kicking out at the cow.

Mrs Boyd was treated at hospital for bad cuts and bruising. Link

I’d have linked directly to The Scotsman‘s article of August 14, but they want you to register. Why do news sites do that? They can go stuff themselves as far as that goes.

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The end of an era?

12 08 2007

ABC2News in Baltimore is reporting that fifty-two horses have been removed from an urban stable after the city condemned the building:

Graziano and other city officials from the Health Department explained to the Arabbers how they will transport the animals to the Maryland Jockey Club farm in Bowie. The City says it hopes to bring the horses back to Pimlico within the week, where the horses will stay until the City can find permanent stables for the arabbers to use. Officials say they still hope to one day create stables that can double as a cultural exhibit for tourists to visit.

Doesn’t seem like much consolation for people who could lose their livelihood, but the horses definitely deserve better accommodations, if the news report is accurate.

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Another day, another RCMP scandal

12 08 2007

Surprisingly, this does not actually involve breaches of national security or lackluster police work:

Red-coated Mounties are no longer clip-clopping their black steeds freely around Parliament Hill, apparently after a mishap involving a hoof and a tourist’s foot.

It was either that or a nip that one of the horses took at a Mountie that has ended a colourful and popular tradition that dates back almost three decades, according to sources on the Hill.

Either way, the two retired horses from the force’s famed musical ride are now penned up in a corner beside another Parliament Hill landmark — a colony of stray cats beside Centre Block. Link

Btw, fans of the Mountie mystique might be interested in this: The Mountie: from Dime Novel to Disney by Michael Dawson, a chum of mine from grad school.

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Police detain horse over stolen car

20 06 2007

A horse was detained by police today over the theft of a vehicle in South Africa’s sprawling Soweto township.

“We have apprehended a horse and two suspects for being in possession of a suspected stolen vehicle,” police spokeswoman Captain Lindiwe Mbatha said.

“Cops patrolling the township pulled over a cart carrying a stripped body of a brand new car, a Corolla Conquest, suspected to have been stolen.

“The cart was drawn by a horse with two suspects on board. They were locked for being in possession of a suspected stolen vehicle and will appear in court within 48 hours,” Capt Mbatha said. Read more (via Fark and the redoubtable raincoaster)

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Note to city slickers: Stop panicking!

7 06 2007

Sweet dreams!

Arizona Central reports that Paint breeder Bob Eggers of Chandler AZ is getting tired of calls from worried city folk telling him that his horses are dead when really, they’re just stretched out snoozing:

Ed Hermes, spokesman for the Arizona Department of Agriculture, said the agency receives two or three calls a month about the Arizona Avenue horses and sends an inspector to the site after each complaint “to certify that the owner is treating them well.” Inspectors have never found evidence of abuse or neglect in the herd, Hermes said.

It’s nice that people are concerned, but they also tie up a lot of resources with their well-meaning (if ill-placed) fears which could be better spent helping horses which really are in trouble. For a humourous take on the whole thing, check out this classic: Your Horses Are On Fire!

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Riders charged with intoxication in Virginia

4 06 2007

Hey, it was the closest thing I could find

Two people police say were hoping to avoid drinking and driving chose instead to head home on horseback, and ended up under arrest anyway.

Culpeper police officers Lonnie Myers and Tim Chilton heard a disturbance last Thursday around midnight and found Culpeper residents Eric Kyff and Lauren Allen arguing, Sgt. Scott Jenkins said.

Kyff and Allen, who appeared to be intoxicated, wanted to “travel home several miles by horseback to avoid drinking and driving,” Jenkins said.

Kyff, 39, took off along a nearby set of railroad tracks but was stopped shortly after by Chilton, police said.

The two were charged with public intoxication and taken to the county jail. The horses were held across the street in front of the police department.

The two were released from jail the next morning. Their horses were waiting for them across the road. Link (via Digg)

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Thumbelina honoured for her charity work

4 06 2007

Thumbelina and Michael Goessling

Thumbelina, the world’s smallest horse, was in New York City recently receiving honours for her charity work. Owner Michael Goessling is touring America with her to raise money for the Thumbelina Foundation, which raises money and awareness for children around the world. Link Watch a short video of her here.

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Chad Johnson to race against a horse for charity

4 06 2007

Some football player named Chad Johnson intends to race a horse for charity on June 9. He’ll square off against 4-year old Restore the Road at River Downs in Cincinnati; the horse will be doing a furlong while Johnson will be running half that distance. Link

Is Restore the Road a TB? They should put Johnson up against a QH and really humble him.

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Using horses to predict earthquakes

30 05 2007

China tomb horses, originally uploaded by mharrsch.

Chinese officials believe animals can be used to predict earthquakes, and are setting up a monitoring station at a wildlife park that will use more than 50 horses.

The station, in southwestern Beijing, will use birds and animals as sensors.

News agencies report that the station will use more than 50 horses, as well as donkeys, peacocks, snakes, turtles, frogs, deer and other animals. In all, more than 10,000 birds and animals live in the 240-hectare wildlife reserve where the station will be based.

A senior zoo keeper will monitor animal behaviour each day and report into China’s seismological bureau.

Officials believe the animals are likely to demonstrate unusual behaviour in the lead-up to an earthquake.

The park is reportedly located near a faultline.

A zoo in Guangdong Province is also said to be using animals to predict quakes. Link

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