World’s oldest Suffolk Punch dies

2 05 2007

RemusOh, those wacky Brits and their long-lived horses! (Must be all that beer they drink?) Remus, a rare Suffolk Punch believed to be the oldest of his breed, has died in Stowmarket at the age of 28. Story link Now I’m curious: do drafts tend to live as long as light horses? I can’t say I’ve really given it much thought before.

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Comanche: a true survivor

2 05 2007


Notice to my fellow history nuts: there’s a great post at Lagniappe’s Lair about Comanche, a mustang/Morgan cross who was the sole survivor of the Battle of Little Bighorn. You can still see his preserved body at the University of Kansas.

Comanche @ Wiki

Image from Wikipedia

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Horse statue stolen from art exhibition in Florida

2 05 2007

Kinda tacky, actually

Last month I told you about equine art and artists in Florida; now someone’s gone and nicked the life-sized “Light Years” statue which was standing outside the DeLand Museum of Art. Can’t imagine how you’d sneak off with something like that, unnoticed. Link

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World’s oldest twin horses?

2 05 2007

Bill and Ben

From BBC Kids:

Are Bill and Ben the oldest twin horses in the world? The 24-year-old brothers are hoping to trot into the record books with their claim to the title.

Although twins aren’t uncommon in the human world, experts say it is really unusual for twin foals to be born.

The Veteran Horse Society, which looks after Bill and Ben, is asking Guinness Records to check out their claim.

The twins used to give rides to kids at London Zoo but are now retired and living near Cardigan in Wales.

Veteran Horse Society spokesperson Julianne Aston, said the boys are so similar it can be hard to tell them apart.

She said: “They are so alike that we have tie a blue ribbon in one of their manes so we can distinguish between them.”

The horses, which have white hair and blue eyes, enjoy snacking on carrots, apples and are given sugar-free mints as a treat!

Julianne added: “They are great with us, but they seem to argue and bicker between themselves and often have temper tantrums. I suppose they’re similar to human brothers.”

Guinness is investigating their claim and the brothers will soon find out if they’ve set a new record.

What a sweet pair of cremellos! The VHS must take good care of their critters; Bill and Ben’s stablemate Sugar Puff, a Shetland/Exmoor cross foaled in 1951, is the world’s oldest pony. I’ll see if I can rumble up a photo of him for a future post.
Ben and Bill

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Bridlepath top posts, 2007-05-02

2 05 2007

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Top posts for the past month, according to stats.

  1. Andreas Helgstrand – World Equestrian Games 2006 Freestyle Final
  2. World’s largest horses
  3. World’s smallest horse
  4. Online showjumping game
  5. 16 reasons to date a horseback rider
  6. Dutch rescuers try to save trapped horses
  7. Five famous black horses
  8. Barbaro’s fans celebrate his life; should consider getting one of their own
  9. Bridlepath Hall of Shame: the “big lick” TWH industry
  10. Five competitive equine world records
  11. Barbaro documentary by HBO Sports to air in June
  12. Thumbelina on tour UPDATE: more pics!
  13. U.S. House passes Horse Slaughter Prevention Act
  14. The photography of Tim Flach
  15. Horse Lovers Blog Carnival
  16. Lorenzo and his Camargue horses
  17. Five breeds you’ve (probably) never heard of
  18. How to tie a rope halter
  19. Starving horses were part of an unusual breeding program
  20. Brindle horses

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