Horse cams

31 08 2006

Let’s be honest, we all like spying on other people; some of them even invite you to do so. If you like watching horses (and you must, or you wouldn’t be here, would you?) there are a few horse and barn cams out there for your viewing enjoyment. You may need additional browser plugins in order to see some of these streams, and not all of them work well on Macs, grrrrrrrrrr. brings us the Jimmy Jam cam, broacasting from a horse rescue in Utah. Serenity Training shows a BLM mare and her foal. CEOates Ranch offers videos of their Quarter Horse Paint mares, and foaling videos. You can watch the arena at Haywire Farm in Ohio, or see spots in front of your eyes at Saddlebrook Appaloosas. SevenAcres Farm has minis for your viewing enjoyment, and there’s another good cam at Bestovall Arabians.

While we’re on the subject, you can also get disposable cameras with horse designs! They’d be great for 4-H, Pony Club, or as prizes or promotional giveaways at any horse event, and part of each purchase goes to help the North Shore Animal League.

More ways to get your horse book fix

31 08 2006

Google!Google has now made many out-of-copyright books available online. Some links to get you started: Appaloosa, Arabian, Black Beauty, Breyer Horse, Broodmares, Colic, Cowgirls, Draft Horses, Dressage, Equestrian, Equine, Equine Psychology, Farrier, Foal, Hackamore, Hoof, Horseback Riding, Horsemanship, Horses, Horse Racing, Horse Show, Miniature Horse, Morgans, Mules, Natural Horsemanship, Ponies, Quarter Horses, Rodeo, Saddle, Snaffle, Sport Horse, Standardbred, Thorougbred, Veterinarian, Welsh Cob, Wild Horses, Zebras.

What treasures have you found? My favourite thus far is Conquerors: The Roots of New World Horsemanship by Deb Bennett.

Blog Day 2006

31 08 2006

Blog DayBlogDay was created with the belief that bloggers should have one day dedicated to getting to know bloggers from other countries and areas of interest. On this day every blogger will post a recommendation of 5 new blogs. In this way, all Blog web surfers will find themselves leaping around and discovering new, previously unknown blogs.

Just to be different, here are some non-horsey blogs I love…had a hard time narrowing it down to just five!

I love ephemera, and Swapatorium serves up mysterious old photos, junkyard treasures, weird old crafts and lots of other neat things.

WhatWasThen: News of the Unexplained
All the latest Fortean happenings.

History Spork
It’s like a brilliant mashup of MST3K, Ebert & Roeper, and some drunken graduate history students (which I used to be–well, not so much the “drunken” part).

Great potpourri of all things neat, cool, useful and interesting.

The Old Foodie
“From Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, The Old Foodie gives you 400 words each weekday on a topic related to the day, plus a historic recipe, and sometimes a menu. And how much fun is that!”

Honourable mentions: DogBlog, Pop Culture Junk Mail, I Wanna Be A Supermodel, High Strangeness, Strange New Products. Let us all hail BarnGoddess for her post, which is how I found out about BlogDay.

I say: hold out for the real thing

30 08 2006


IGallopOn: enlightening

Horses in the earth

30 08 2006

Uffington horse

Before the gods that made the gods
Had seen their sunrise pass,
The White Horse of the White Horse Vale
Was cut out of the grass.

Before the gods that made the gods
Had drunk at dawn their fill,
The White Horse of the White Horse Vale
Was hoary on the hill.

Age beyond age on British land,
Aeons on aeons gone,
Was peace and war in western hills,
And the White Horse looked on.

–G.K. Chesterton, “The Ballad of the White Horse“, 1911

Throughout England, there are numerous white horses carved into hillsides; the Uffington white horse (shown above) was found to have been created sometime during the Bronze Age (1200-800BC). I found a nice account of the visit to the horse here; some more photos here. (Of course, it could be a dragon too, a victim of St. George, but my hunch is that it could be an emblem of the pre-Christian horse cult in Britain)

Alton Barnes white horse

Others are much more recent; the Alton Barnes horse, above, was commissioned by a man named Robert Pile in 1812, while the Westbury horse, also in Wiltshire, is thought to be much older, as it was mentioned in an 18thc. book. Exiled Preacher and Wiltshire Hotpot have some great photos.

Most of the figures were created by scraping away the top layers of grass and soil to expose the stark white chalk underneath, and the ones we know of only survived due to the maintenance efforts of local people, who scraped the figures clean and removed any vegetation which began to grow on them. However, some were constructed by piling light-coloured stones or rubble together to create a shape. According to Wikipedia, “Ancient figures all have an associated fair or ceremony which involves maintaining them.” Not all have survived; many of the older ones were lost and overgrown, like the Rockley horse (below).

Rockley horse


“Whoa Nellie”, indeed

30 08 2006

Matthew Broderick just broke his collarbone while riding a horse. This makes Broderick the fourth or fifth person I have heard of in recent months who was injured while riding a horse. This got me to thinking: how dangerous is horseback riding, especially as compared to, say, riding a motorcycle?

Read the rest at Freakonomics.

…and could you pick some carrots out of a salad?

30 08 2006

Another great horse-at-the-drive-through photo, found here.

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