An Unusual and Difficult Trick

Global Horse Culture Archive on September 15, 2008, 5:41 pm


This horse has been trained to canter on three legs! The jambette - a classical movement in which the horse holds one leg in the air for a few moments - is blended with the canter for a few strides....
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A Bold, Beautiful Dance

Global Horse Culture Archive on September 15, 2008, 3:08 pm


This performance is unusual and lovely - a dance between horse and rider. With careful study you can see the cues in the dance - often Ms. Fedotova's arms are moving in bold gestures, but it is her legs which...
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Cossack Trick Riding

Global Horse Culture Archive on September 15, 2008, 3:26 am


This is a fun video, probably from Italian television, of a famous Cossack stunt riding troupe. Nearly ten minutes of pretty impressive trick riding.
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The Finnish Horse

Global Horse Culture Archive on September 12, 2008, 12:02 am


What a delightful historic video I found today on YouTube. User Ishexan edited this from old film footage featuring the Finnish Horse - also known as the Finnish Universal or Finnish Trotter or Finnhorse. These are all-round horses, Cob-like in...
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Video Review: Tapadero

Global Horse Culture Archive on August 27, 2008, 9:18 pm


I just watched Tapadero, a 2005 movie about the vaquero tradition in California. It is a very interesting video if you are interested in cowboy culture, old California and the vaquero tradition. It covers the history of the vaqueros from...
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Another Beautiful Mane

Global Horse Culture Archive on August 27, 2008, 7:15 pm


I couldn't pass up this old photo of a stallion with a very long mane. He appears to be a Percheron; the photo is from Wisconsin in the late 1800s. Long manes like this are usually kept carefully braided and...
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Silver Bridle

Global Horse Culture Archive on August 26, 2008, 10:40 pm


This wildly colored, blue-eyed Criollo horse is further adorned with elaborate silver parade gear. The quotation below on the flickr page is from an old book, describing the fashion for silver parade tack in Argentina, and the great weight, quality...
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Surprise Eyes

Global Horse Culture Archive on August 26, 2008, 10:27 pm


This horse sports a shocking blue eye - unusual in a dark-faced horse. More commonly blue eyes are surrounded by pink skin and white hair - such as might be found in a horse with large white markings on its...
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Mules Rule!

Global Horse Culture Archive on August 26, 2008, 8:15 pm


A great blog called Behind The Bit has a recent post about the versatility of mules, with a special emphasis on people using mules for dressage. Lots of pictures and video! Check it out here.
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Working Horses, 1901

Global Horse Culture Archive on August 21, 2008, 5:04 pm


An old article in the New York Times gives some insight into the tough life of working horses in big cities a century ago. Horses shipped in for resale in the city "are usually kept for a while on a...
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Buzkashi in the United States

Global Horse Culture Archive on August 14, 2008, 2:58 pm


Reader Sonny Amin commented on a previous post that Buzkashi (the "Ox Game") has been played in the USA for several years. Indeed it has! Mr. Amin is the founder of Ox Horse USA, which promotes the game here. Thanks...
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Mane Braiding 101

Global Horse Culture Archive on August 14, 2008, 1:53 am


There are lots of resources online for learning more about braiding the mane and tail in a variety of styles, though most of them are text and photos, not videos. I like the videos better myself, and found a few...
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Wild Western Boots

Global Horse Culture Archive on August 11, 2008, 7:03 pm


Rocketbuster is a small shop in El Paso, Texas that makes the wildest, craziest custom cowboy boots you've ever seen. Everything's handmade to order, and they go nuts with the designs - from scenes of the old west to dancing...
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Working Cowgirl

Global Horse Culture Archive on August 8, 2008, 2:13 am


I met Julia Slater years ago, and caught up with her again recently. She is one of a handful of women who works on horseback in the feedyards of the central and western USA, a job she has done since...
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Quarter Marks

Global Horse Culture Archive on August 4, 2008, 2:05 am


Quarter marks are a traditional way of ornamenting a horse in English-style riding disciplines (here a Canadian Mountie's horse). They are simply patterns drawn on the horse's rump by combing the hair backwards, creating a contrasting texture. Most commonly a...
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An Interesting Color

Global Horse Culture Archive on August 3, 2008, 5:41 pm


I saw several Crioulo horses in Brazil with an interesting color combination of pangare on a palomino dun coat. The palomino dun looks a bit like plain palomino at first glance, but the brown dorsal stripe is visible on the...
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Horseboats??

Global Horse Culture Archive on July 21, 2008, 2:51 pm


Before motor vehicles it was not uncommon for boats to be towed through canals by mules or draft horses, which walked along a towpath adjacent to the canal. In many places, where the canals are no longer used except for...
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An Interesting Saddle Collection

Global Horse Culture Archive on July 21, 2008, 12:20 am


Christiane Yeardsley, of Narrawin Stud in Australia, has an interesting and diverse collection of saddles. The one pictured, for example, is a Maremma saddle from Italy. It is treeless - instead the leather is heavily stuffed with padding. The quilted...
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Buzkashi from the Inside

Global Horse Culture Archive on July 20, 2008, 6:45 pm


This fantastic blog chronicles in detail the experiences of a French adventurer living in Afghanistan, as he learns to play the famous game of Buzkashi (see my previous posts here and here). It is well illustrated with many fantastic photos,...
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Australian Stockman's Challenge

Global Horse Culture Archive on July 18, 2008, 1:20 am


For those more familiar with the cowboy culture of the US or other regions of the world, here's an interesting look at Australian Stockman's culture. The annual competition promoted in this video shows clips from the variety of skills the...
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