Top posts, 2007-06-04

4 06 2007

Based on stats from WordPress.com; these are the top posts for the past 30 days:

  1. Andreas Helgstrand – World Equestrian Games 2006 Freestyle Final
  2. World’s smallest horse
  3. World’s largest horses
  4. Online showjumping game
  5. Horse colour demystified: the dun gene
  6. 16 reasons to date a horseback rider
  7. Starving horses were part of an unusual breeding program
  8. Latawnya should just say “neigh”
  9. U.S. House passes Horse Slaughter Prevention Act
  10. Don’t scrape my content!
  11. Bridlepath Hall of Shame: the “big lick” TWH industry
  12. Breyer to reissue Barbaro model due to overwhelming demand
  13. And so it begins
  14. World’s tallest horse (now on video)
  15. Barbaro documentary by HBO Sports to air in June
  16. Five famous black horses
  17. Barbaro immortalized by Breyer
  18. How to tie a rope halter
  19. Horse: it’s what’s for dinner?
  20. Brindle horses
  21. Five breeds you’ve (probably) never heard of
  22. Urban legends
  23. Lorenzo and his Camargue horses
  24. Dutch rescuers try to save trapped horses
  25. Horse colour demystified: the basics

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Amish horses and carriages on Google Earth

4 06 2007

Eighteenth-century technology as spotted with the latest in satellite imagery. Ain’t it spooky what those eyes in the sky can do now? Get the scoop at Google Earth Blog.

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Horse pyramid

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Why are there no unicorns?

4 06 2007

Unicorn, originally uploaded by Der_Flo ☮.

Why are there no unicorns? Perhaps horses develop in a way that cannot be easily modified to produce a unicorn, so such creatures have never arisen. Or maybe unicorn-like animals have been born in the past but because there is no advantage for a horse to have a horn, such creatures did not thrive and were weeded out by natural selection. Check out this great article from sciencedaily.com for more.

Related posts:

Mythical horses on stamps

The vengeful unicorn

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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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Brigadier

The amazing Horse-o-Phonic!

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

What can I say?!

And the best part: no drive-time DJs

Horses take over American streets

Runaway carriage rescue in Indianapolis

Drunk man rides horse into bank

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Why WordPress.com rocks

4 06 2007

A little OT, I know, but I think it’s important. Check out this article at Plagiarism Today discussing why WordPress.com is virtually spam-free:

A recent study by WebmasterWorld found that an estimated 77% of all blogs on Google’s Blogspot service were spam. Similarly, AOL Hometown, had well over 80% of its results turn out to be spam. Even MSN Spaces, which as not mentioned in the report, is claimed to host an estimated ten percent of spammer Web site. (Note: See updated information below about the Blogspot study)

It seems as if nearly every major free blog hosting service has been either overrun or nearly overrun with spam. However, one services stands alone, a relative oasis of spam cleanliness, Automattic’sWordPress.com. Despite being just as free as its competitors and placing few restrictions on registration, WordPress.com has not endured the spam avalanche that other services have.

Though there have been spam attacks in the past, the spammers have been easily shut down and, overall, the service remains relatively free of the splogs that seem to choke up its competitors. Though paid services such as Typepad also enjoy a relatively spam-free existance, what WordPress.com does is very rare for a free service.

I strongly urge you to read the whole article if you care about blogging at all. Seriously, if you have a blog, consider switching; as I’ve said before, Blogspot is the IE of blogs, Wordpess is the Firefox. 😉

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Seriously, it’s the only sensible choice

Blogger help needed!

New look and features

Bridlepath becomes a yearling!

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Who owns Curlin?

4 06 2007

Curlin wins the Preakness

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CurlinTwo lawyers named William J. Gallion and Shirley A. Cunningham Jr. bought the racehorse Curlin for $57,000 in September of 2005. Since then, Curlin has become one of the best racehorses in the world, winning the Preakness and increasing in value. Right now, Curlin could fetch $30 million.

But do Gallion and Cunningham really own Curlin? It’s complicated. [Log in with BugMeNot] The New York Times reports that more than 400 plaintiffs won a civil suit in which they claimed Gallion and Cunningham defrauded them out of $64.4 million intended to pay for injuries caused by the diet drug fen-phen.

One of those plaintiffs says of Curlin, “He was bought with stolen money.” So all of those plaintiffs are rooting for Curlin’s continued success, hoping that at some time in the future, the courts will rule them the horse’s rightful owners. It may be a long time before we know for sure who owns Curlin, but in the meantime, there’s a legal cloud hanging over the sport’s most-discussed horse. Link

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Tired of the same old trail rides? Try Peru

4 06 2007

Horse and Wrangler, originally uploaded by fimayf.

The British Horse Society has announced its latest equestrian fundraising experience, for those who are bored with “hacking around the block”.

The Inca Challenge to Peru, October 25-20, takes riders on ancient Inca trails winding along sacred valleys and over high, mountain passes, through a region rich in natural wonders and cultural heritage.

There is great potential for those in search of adventure with the unique challenge being to ride the ancient Inca trails that lead through mountains to Machu Picchu.

Wendy Minor, BHS Challenge Administrator, said: “This is a fantastic adventure and a real challenge whether you are a riding-hiker or hiking-rider! Riding through the Peruvian Andes reveals a highland region that is rich in cultural heritage and natural wonders.”

The BHS Riding Challenges help raise funds to assist with the running costs of the BHS’s welfare work. Link

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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.

Related posts:

World’s smallest horse

Guide horses for the blind

Auctioned mini given back to owner

Thumbelina on tour UPDATE: more pics!

Mini shoes for mini helpers

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Illinois slaughter plant re-opens pending legal action

4 06 2007

Update to last week’s post:

A federal judge ruled Friday to allow a horse slaughtering plant in northern Illinois to resume operations temporarily while challenging a state law that forced it to close last week.

Belgian-owned Cavel International Inc. filed a lawsuit May 25 claiming a new law banning the slaughter of horses intended for human consumption is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Court Judge Frederick Kapala granted the temporary restraining order that prevents state and DeKalb County officials from enforcing the ban while the suit is considered.

The DeKalb plant operated legally for 20 years. It closed twice this year over the horse meat issue, first temporarily in March after a federal court said plant inspections were being improperly funded by the Agriculture Department, and then again last week after Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed a law banning the import, export, possession and slaughter of horses intended for human consumption.

Cavel shipped horse meat to Europe and was the only horse-slaughtering facility still operating in the U.S.

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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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