How to French braid a long mane

29 12 2006

Braiding a long mane

It’s a bit early for show season, but that just gives you more time to practice, right? Great instructions and pics at Exhibitor Labs.

Lorenzo and his Camargue horses

27 12 2006

Unfortunately, I can’t embed it here, but please check it out anyway:

Update Jan 3/07: it’s shown up on YouTube, so here we are.

Brindle horses

27 12 2006

FRS Reckless Dan

FRS Reckless Dan, 1997 AQHA stallion

Some horses eschew spots and go straight for the striped look instead. According to Sharon Batteate, The Brindle pattern consists of a watery or drippy looking striping (sometimes just partial striping) over the body of an animal. It is more commonly seen in dogs or cattle. In horses, the pattern is extremely rare. Brindle has occurred in such diverse breeds as Arabians, Thoroughbreds, Mustangs, Quarter Horses, Tennessee Walking Horses, German and Bavarian Warmbloods, Russian Horses, Spanish Horses, and also in Donkeys and Mules.

Regardless of where it comes from, it’s unique and gorgeous.

Dunbar's Gold

Dunbar’s Gold, 1996 AQHA stallion

Further reading

Sharon Batteate’s Brindle Horses website got the ball rolling several years ago, and still contains the most up-to-date information; lots of great photos too.

Brindle and Striped Equine International is a registry aiming to protect and promote these horses.

Article by Don Blazer at Equiworld.

Article by Jayne Pedigo at Equisearch.

Jumping zebra

26 12 2006

Jumping zebra

This photo of a man and zebra was taken in East Africa in 1890; doesn’t look like it was a pleasant experience for either of them! Link (via Neatorama)

Something for that New Year’s party

26 12 2006

Horse Piss Beer

Yes, it’s real, although it only contains water, malt and the usual beery things rather than any actual equine, er, contributions. A percentage of the sales of the beer and merchandise will be donated to help disabled jockeys and thoroughbred adoption programs. Make up your own joke about American beer. 😉 (Link via Strange New Products)

Birth announcement

25 12 2006

Yep, I’ve got another blog and it just went live tonight. Uncanny Canada is a little side project of mine, a repository for Canadian Forteana, general weirdness, and whatever shiny things catch my eye. If this intrigues you, pop on over! More stories will be added soon — oof, it’s hard to get a new blog off the ground. We now return you to your regularly scheduled equine-ness.

Dappled things

25 12 2006

Starry Night Sky, originally uploaded by MaiKoh.

GLORY be to God for dappled things—
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
Praise him.

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–89). Poems. 1918.

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