Showmanship

Global Horse Culture Archive on February 25, 2010, 2:27 pm


Showmanship is a judged presentation of livestock in hand. You'll see showmanship classes at 4-H shows, involving cattle, horses, goats and other animals. You'll see showmanship judged at dog and cat shows, too. Participants are judged on the clean and...
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US breeds around the world

Global Horse Culture Archive on February 20, 2010, 11:30 pm


If you live in the US you're familiar with imported horses - breeds rarely found here a few decades ago that are now popular or exotic breeds still rarely seen outside their homelands. From Friesians to Gypsy Vanners, Hanoverians and...
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Cab Stand

Global Horse Culture Archive on February 16, 2010, 9:45 pm


A photographer friend of mine sent me these shots of dozing taxi horses in Cuba. Her specialty is people, and you can see some of her super portraits from the Caribbean, China and other far-flung places at her website, SelahPhoto....
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Breton Show Harness

Global Horse Culture Archive on February 8, 2010, 9:18 pm


Just another quick photo: a Breton horse in a fantastic show harness, with elaborate metalwork all over and bells around his neck. Just lovely!
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Romanian Wedding Procession

Global Horse Culture Archive on February 8, 2010, 9:15 pm


This brief article about a traditional village wedding ceremony in Romania includes several photos of the amazingly decorated horses used in the procession. Take a look at the Winter Wedding in Valen. There are more photos of Romanian rural life,...
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Sorraia horses in action

Global Horse Culture Archive on February 3, 2010, 2:20 am


This short video shows two Sorraia horses in a carriage driving event in Portugal. The Sorraia is an ancient breed thought to have been influential in the development of the Lusitano horse. The Portuguese breed association page is here. You...
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A Song for the Horse Nation

Global Horse Culture Archive on January 21, 2010, 7:43 pm


I had a wonderful visit yesterday to the incredible "Song for the Horse Nation" exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City. Better yet, I had the pleasure of meeting the woman behind the blog...
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Puerto Rican Criollos...for racing!

Global Horse Culture Archive on January 17, 2010, 4:58 am


The Puerto Rican Criollo is a gaited breed of mixed ancestry* (that's what "criollo" means) with a variety of gaits. The slowest gait is a short-stepping fast walk, called the paso fino (which can be seen in this video). The...
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Gaited Mule in Brazil

Global Horse Culture Archive on January 13, 2010, 11:14 pm


This is a short video of a gaited mule on a country road in Brazil, in São Paulo state. This is a show-quality mule, out for a training ride. Mules are quite popular in Brazil, and this one is bred...
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May we all still be riding at 100!

Global Horse Culture Archive on January 4, 2010, 2:15 am


This is the trailer for a charming documentary about cowgirls. You have to love the great attitude and life experience of these ladies - one cowgirl featured in the trailer is over 100 years old and still riding! There's more...
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Amazing Book of Rare Horse Colors

Global Horse Culture Archive on December 16, 2009, 10:41 pm


I just got this book, and I couldn't recommend it more. It is a coffee-table style book full of full page gorgeous photos of horses with the most unusual colors and patterns. There are brindles, blue eyes, pintaloosas, badger-faced Gypsy...
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Lattice Braids

Global Horse Culture Archive on December 12, 2009, 12:33 am


The lovely blog Equine Ink has a cool post about Lattice Braids - a beautiful way to dress up a horse with a long mane. Check it out here.
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The Baroque Horse Store

Global Horse Culture Archive on December 6, 2009, 3:09 pm


Some years ago I mentioned The Baroque Horse Store - an interesting online source for unusual tack, especially aimed at owners of Friesians and other baroque breeds. I've since noticed a huge increase in the number of products available there,...
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Global Horse Culture on Facebook and Twitter

Global Horse Culture Archive on November 24, 2009, 5:52 pm


Become a fan of Global Horse Culture on Facebook, and follow all the blog updates and more. You can also follow Global Horse Culture on Twitter.
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Virtual horse shows: no travel, low cost, but with real judges and prizes!

Global Horse Culture Archive on November 18, 2009, 3:49 am


Rod Miller was raised with horses. He's worked with Reiners for nearly 20 years, including spending 6 years as a judge at competitions all over the US. Judging opened his eyes to something he hadn't really noticed before. "I found...
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She Lives!

Global Horse Culture Archive on November 18, 2009, 3:33 am


I nearly lost my dear horse last month. She was stricken by an aneurism (brain bleed) during a regular workout, and went instantly blind in one eye, as well as suffering violent tremors and mental confusion for several days. Thanks...
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More on skijoring

Global Horse Culture Archive on October 13, 2009, 1:01 am


I posted a while back about skijoring, the wild sport where horses tow skiers. There are many variations (over obstacles, on a track, in the backyard). See this older post for some links to organizations. I recently found this new,...
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Trotting (and pacing) races under saddle

Global Horse Culture Archive on October 4, 2009, 12:18 am


In the US we usually think of Standardbreds as harness racing horses. But here and in other parts of the world the Standardbred and similar breeds are also raced under saddle. The US Trotting Association has an interesting article about...
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Horses of the world, 1934 version

Global Horse Culture Archive on September 15, 2009, 7:49 pm


It's interesting to see which breeds of horses were widely known in past times. Looking at show programs or books about horse breeds from past decades (or centuries) reveals which breeds were popular or recognized then, and it's often quite...
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48 horse power!

Global Horse Culture Archive on September 13, 2009, 4:37 pm


Nicely done enormous hitch of Belgians. That's a lot of harness to clean!
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