Ancient long ears

Global Horse Culture Archive on May 20, 2010, 2:12 pm


At the Art Institute of Chicago I saw two lovely depictions of donkeys. The first was this fragment from an Egyptian tomb with several donkeys on it. From an artistic perspective I thought this was one of the most beautifully...
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The best trail ride ever, Part 3

Global Horse Culture Archive on May 14, 2010, 2:33 pm


Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here. Now for Day Three: Finally, the day of our big ride. We set out just after sunrise, joined by the farm dog, who refused to go home despite shouts and cajoling. We...
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The best trail ride ever, Part 2

Global Horse Culture Archive on May 13, 2010, 6:15 pm


You can read Part 1 here. Day Two: After this introductory day we drove inland and upland several hours, to a large ranch where we would be based for our next ride. The ranch was a small cluster of buildings...
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A long and beautiful adventure (or, the best trail ride ever)

Global Horse Culture Archive on May 13, 2010, 2:35 am


Back in June of 2008 my husband and I visited the south of Brazil and spent several days in the competent hands of Paulo and Angela Hafner, of Campofora, a riding outfit there. Paulo leads rides throughout southern Brazil, and...
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Beaded Horseshoes

Global Horse Culture Archive on May 12, 2010, 9:09 pm


I've always liked the idea of decorated horseshoes, though I've never tried to decorate one myself until recently. These are two shoes from my mare who died over the winter. I decorated them in very different styles. The first is...
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Where do you keep your horse?

Global Horse Culture Archive on May 3, 2010, 1:33 am


Horse keeping around the world ranges from the familiar to the unfamiliar. Our blogging friends at The Equinest have a couple of cool posts showing photos of stables and barns from all over the world. Take a look at how...
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The Sporting Collection now has a blog

Global Horse Culture Archive on May 2, 2010, 1:37 am


I've mentioned this The Sporting Collection before, as it features a wonderful array of antique horse gear. And now there's a blog, too! Take a look, and find out fascinating details about all kinds of old bits, whips, stirrups, and...
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Web provides more access to museum collections

Global Horse Culture Archive on May 2, 2010, 1:13 am


These days more and more museums have wonderful online access to parts of their collections - even items not on display in the regular exhibition halls. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a lovely searchable set of horse-related items you...
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Head to toe photography

Global Horse Culture Archive on April 30, 2010, 1:44 am


My friend Juliet Harrison has a lovely blog (well, she has several, and I seem to have missed that fact until today!!) with diverse photos and insightful anecdotes and essays posted as the mood strikes her. Her photography really does...
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Hope these guys have health insurance!!!

Global Horse Culture Archive on April 30, 2010, 1:25 am


This is some of the most hardcore trick riding I've ever seen! Check out the video of trick riders Guido Louis and Sophia Sandow Alvarez, and the Omani cavalry, doing insane stunts at high speed in open country and on...
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New blog about color genetics

Global Horse Culture Archive on April 20, 2010, 5:02 pm


If you are interested in the genetics of horse coloration, especially solving the mystery of the more unusual colors, take a look at this blog: Equine Genetics. I think it does a good job of explaining, especially the complicated patterns...
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Fantastic Cristiani Family circus footage

Global Horse Culture Archive on April 11, 2010, 1:22 am


Intrepid YouTube prowler Mike Matson uncovered this spectacular gem, showing the famous Cristiani circus family demonstrating some of their amazing vaulting. I'd seen still photos of this before, but never video. It's truly spectacular! Take a look:
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New Search Tool

Global Horse Culture Archive on April 9, 2010, 8:28 pm


I've added Typepad's new Search tool on the right hand side. It works much better than the previous search tools. It makes it easy to find posts on all sorts of subjects that might not be covered by the categories....
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Cutie Pie needs a name!

Global Horse Culture Archive on April 6, 2010, 8:06 pm


This is my new gelding, just arrived at the barn. In need of a barn name that's not too girlie! (Honeybunch, Sunshine, Daisy, Goldilocks, etc. have been vetoed already!) :D Feel free to make suggestions!!! I'll update when I've decided!
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More Thai Cowboys

Global Horse Culture Archive on April 3, 2010, 6:18 pm


I posted a while back about cowboys in Thailand. Here's a little video showing some scenes from the area. Very cute!
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Fantastic photos of monks on horseback in Thailand

Global Horse Culture Archive on April 3, 2010, 2:04 am


Photographer Lars Johnsson has done a fantastic series of photos of young monks in Thailand on horseback. The photos show the monks out collecting alms, bathing their horses, and goofing around, too. The saffron robes of the monks really stand...
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Amazing driving

Global Horse Culture Archive on March 22, 2010, 3:58 pm


Another great find by Mike Matson - this is a stupendously difficult musical drive performed by the Royal Horse Artillery in 1994:
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Chinese painting technique

Global Horse Culture Archive on March 19, 2010, 6:12 pm


This is a nifty video showing a painter creating a lovely picture of two horses in a traditional Chinese watercolor technique. Thanks to Mike for the tip.
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Chock Full of Tidbits!

Global Horse Culture Archive on March 17, 2010, 10:23 pm


Just came across this fun blog, which is a collection of "this day in history" posts about horses. A funny one to start with: the story of the mistake that led to the world's slowest ever Steeplechase race time. I'm...
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Recreating a Historic Russian Hunt

Global Horse Culture Archive on March 5, 2010, 10:26 pm


With fabulous costumes and Borzoi hounds! What a scene. Thanks to Mike for the tip!
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