I don’t wanna know. Well, maybe I do

20 11 2006

Here are some search engine terms people used to find Bridlepath:

“out of print, “Friesian horses”

blogflux directory of morocco

big toy horse feral friends

the fattest pony in the world

horse killpen

chains for training of horses abusive?

and my personal favourite…

had cast removed & hand really hairy

Erm, I hope they found what they were looking for…

New book: Tim The Tiny Horse

20 11 2006

Tim the Tiny Horse by Harry Hill

UK comic Harry Hill has written a book called Tim the Tiny Horse:

Tim, the Tiny Horse is definitely the smallest horse you could ever find. His stable is a matchbox with a tic-tac box conservatory and with a cocktail stick, some cotton and a hawthorn berry, Tim can play swingball. In this book, you can see what it’s like being Tim: the highs and lows of trying to get into radio; making a reality TV programme; or just kicking back and enjoying a hula hoop with his best friend Fly. Then there’s the serious stuff – Tim thinking about the meaning of life and his own mortality, Tim dealing with Fly’s new girlfriend, and, of course, his passion for Anna Ford on the telly…

Available through Amazon UK. Tiny Tim!


20 11 2006


Horse riders from the Middle East compete in a 120 km (75 miles) International Endurance Race in the desert of Wadi Rum in southern Jordan November 14, 2006. (Link)

They did it again

20 11 2006

Clayton the clone

This photo provided by ViaGen shows the cloned horse Clayton with owner barrel racer champion Charmayne James near Boerne, Texas, Nov. 1, 2006. Clayton is the clone of James’ gelding Scamper, the retired 10-time world champion. James paid an Austin-based company $150,000 (US) to clone Scamper.

If you could clone a horse, would you? And if so, which horse? If we could get Figure back à la Jurassic Park I’d be all for it myself. 😉

Diving horses in Atlantic City

20 11 2006

A horse is seen in this file photograph, as it makes a plunge into a pool of water on the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, N.J., Friday night, June 25, 1993. Over the objections of animal-rights activists, the diving horses returned to the boardwalk after a 15-year hiatus. The distinctive pier opened in 1898 and juts 1,000 feet into the Atlantic Ocean, but it closed in mid-October 2006 to make way for new development, most likely a mixture of high-end condominiums, restaurants and shops. (Link)

Death of a legend: Gem Twist euthanized at 27

20 11 2006

Gem Twist and Greg Best

Famed American showjumper Gem Twist was euthanized November 18 at the age of 27. Godspeed, old man:

It is a loss that will make anyone who ever saw him jump reflect on the privilege of having watched him. The high-flying grey gelding, who was 27, captured the imagination of thousands with his dramatic style and bold personality. His death brings down the curtain on an era of stellar jumping, when another of the “great greys,” Milton, ridden by John Whitaker of Great Britain, and Canada’s Big Ben, with Ian Millar up, contested the greatest prizes with Gem and his young rider, Greg Best.

Gem’s sire was Good Twist, the mount of Frank Chapot in the days when he was captain of the U.S. Equestrian Team. Good Twist was quick on course, but small. Gem inherited his sire’s speed, combining it with size and scope that made him capable of jumping anything a course designer could build.

Gem, bred at the Chapot family’s Chado Farm in Neshanic Station, N.J., where he died on Saturday, was sold to Michael Golden, a resident of a nearby town. But Gem was no mount for an amateur, so the horse was sent back to Frank in order to nurture the young talent. Michael was the ideal owner who listened to the trainer. Although he was not on Gem’s back, Michael nevertheless enjoyed an exciting ride around the world for years as Gem became an international star of the highest magnitude.

Read the rest at EquiSearch.

Montana man on the journey of a lifetime

20 11 2006

Lee Crafton

After being diagnosed with lymphoma last year, horse logger Lee Crafton decided to take a long, slow trip. He packed up a covered wagon pulled by his two Suffolk Punches, Tom and Max, andset off for Boston to see his childhood sweetheart. Read more about Lee and his journey at the Crookston Times, and at his website, Lee the Horse Logger.

I’m of two minds about this…

20 11 2006

(Thanks all for all the wonderful comments and links of late. I apologize for the lack of updates but I’m back teaching this week so things are a little…nutty 🙂 Please bear with me until normal service resumes)

So horses and horse properties might be the Next Big Thing for yuppies. This Washington Post article (cited by Darley at Equitrekking — yo, Blogger users, turn your trackbacks on, for heaven’s sake) says that “[d]evelopers across the Washington region are building extravagant equestrian centers in their subdivisions to lure buyers of luxury homes in the hope that horses are the new golf. Three developments with horse centers are being built in the suburbs, which could double the number of area equestrian sites that are combined with residential communities.” While I’m all for promoting horses, are people just jumping into this because it’s trendy? Are they going to have all the knowledge and skills they’ll need to keep their horses healthy and safe? They’re a lot more complicated to care for than cats or dogs. What do y’all think?

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