Feria de Mataderos

Global Horse Culture Archive on April 2, 2009, 12:41 pm


Martina V. gets two posts today, because her photo set showing the Argentine festival "Feria de Mataderos" in Buenos Aires is super. She does excellent photography, and in this set you get to see lots of very ornate tack on...
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The Tropilla

Global Horse Culture Archive on April 2, 2009, 12:32 pm


This flickr photoset by Martina V. illustrates the fascinating tradition of the tropilla from Argentina. In this case the tropillas are being shown at competition, where having a very fine and consistent group of horses and being able to show...
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Dario's Caballeros

Global Horse Culture Archive on April 1, 2009, 4:14 pm


Dario's Caballeros is a really unique blog - by a Polish guy who specializes in beautiful illustrations of ancient horses and traditional horsemanship, based on his research in old texts. The blog is mostly in Polish, although a few posts...
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Italian Horse Breeds

Global Horse Culture Archive on April 1, 2009, 4:08 pm


Here's a cool website with a very complete listing of Italian horse breeds. The breeds are listed in the menu on the left side. Clicking each will give you a description (in Italian, of course) and photos (usually towards the...
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Horses in the Big City

Global Horse Culture Archive on March 24, 2009, 3:37 pm


It's a surprise to me to find a big equestrian facility in the middle of a megacity. In São Paulo, Brazil, truly an enormous and congested city, the surprise is the Clube Hípico de Santo Amaro (the Santo Amaro Equestrian...
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The Pantaneiro Ventures Forth

Global Horse Culture Archive on March 18, 2009, 11:00 am


Horse breeds in Brazil tend to be very regional. The Crioulo is found everywhere in Rio Grande do Sul, but rarely outside of that area. In the more populous and urban areas of São Paulo & Rio, the Mangalarga predominates,...
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Beto Carrero and Faísca

Global Horse Culture Archive on March 17, 2009, 10:14 pm


Beto Carrero was a tremendously popular personality in Brazil. He was a cowboy, showman, singer, and entertainer. He died just last year,(site in Portuguese) in February 2008, and Brazilian audiences - who turned out by the thousands for the funeral...
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Interesting Post About Historic Saddles

Global Horse Culture Archive on February 28, 2009, 9:46 pm


Susan over at The Pony Expression has a great post about historic Western and Native American saddles. Check it out here.
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All About Cowgirls

Global Horse Culture Archive on February 27, 2009, 1:43 pm


I was reading a nifty book called Cowgirl Legends the other day, which has short biographies of dozens of women who performed in rodeos in the early 1900s. Back then there were touring rodeo companies featuring trick riding, bronc riding,...
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Unique and Beautiful Browbands

Global Horse Culture Archive on February 24, 2009, 2:45 pm


Karen at Just Equus offers innovative and stunning decorative browbands. They caught my eye because most decorated browbands for English bridles use the standard leather browband as a base, adding a line of stones, beads, ribbon or metal across the...
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More Horse Colors Than You Can Handle!

Global Horse Culture Archive on February 21, 2009, 5:58 pm


This spectacular book, by Ursula Schmidt-Basler, is unfortunately available only in German (but available through the US Amazon site, just click above!) Still, it is a must-have for anyone who loves unusual horse colors. It is the most comprehensive study...
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The Coudelaria de Alter

Global Horse Culture Archive on February 21, 2009, 4:35 pm


The Coudelaria de Alter (Alter Stud Farm) in Portugal is a grand and historic horse breeding and training facility where the rare Alter Real breed originated and is still preserved today. The facilities are sprawling and elaborate, including broodmare and...
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Beautiful, just beautiful

Global Horse Culture Archive on February 8, 2009, 10:04 pm


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Tushetian Horse

Global Horse Culture Archive on February 8, 2009, 8:07 pm


This horse has some lovely traditional tack - woven wool saddle cloths with pom-poms, metal ornament on the bridle & breastcollar. Tusheti is a rugged, mountainous region in northeastern Georgia.Photo from Lydia Ilona on flickr.
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Woman's Hair Headstall

Global Horse Culture Archive on February 2, 2009, 10:38 pm


I found this headstall in a shop near Mexico City. It has the most wonderful combination of knots and tassels. It is extremely coarse and prickly! The maker said it combined horse hair and "woman's hair". I am guessing the...
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Native American Horses...Paper Dolls!

Global Horse Culture Archive on February 1, 2009, 10:52 pm


This is a delightful book - I have a copy and have been unable to bring myself to cut out the paper dolls, because it is so beautiful to look at intact. The illustrations are carefully researched, detailed and accurate....
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Mexican Show Cinch

Global Horse Culture Archive on January 29, 2009, 10:26 pm


This is a beautiful string cinch I bought in Texcoco, Mexico, not far from Mexico City. I love the patterns woven into it. It feels like synthetic fiber to me, not wool. The buckle rings are wrapped in leather. String...
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Treasured Tails: Horsehair Keepsakes

Global Horse Culture Archive on January 27, 2009, 7:06 pm


Karen at Treasured Tails makes a really wide variety of keepsakes from horse hair. The idea is to have a little something to treasure after your horse is gone, or just a keepsake from your favorite horse. There are a...
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A Song for the Horse Nation

Global Horse Culture Archive on January 23, 2009, 2:46 am


This beautiful book is published by the National Museum of the American Indian. It is a picture-laden feast for the eyes, with photographs of Native American saddles, bridles, and other horse accoutrements, including spectacular masks worn by horses. There are...
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Some Regional Brazilian Saddles

Global Horse Culture Archive on January 12, 2009, 5:56 pm


Brazil has a wide variety of riding styles, and the saddles and tack vary quite a bit regionally. Here is a quick look at two kinds of saddles used in southern Brazil. The basto sela is a particularly interesting one...
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