Turkish Equestrian Sport

Global Horse Culture Archive on May 18, 2009, 3:28 am


The traditional Turkish sport called jereed or cirit is played by teams who hurl (blunted) javelins at members of the opposing team. This video has a nice collage of still photos, and the one after it shows some footage of...
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Ancient Korean Horsemen

Global Horse Culture Archive on May 18, 2009, 3:07 am


This site features a detailed description (and photo) of a 5th or 6th century statue of horse and rider found in an old tomb in South Korea. Take a look at the detailed tack and clothing on the statue pictured...
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Trick Riding, Korean Style

Global Horse Culture Archive on May 18, 2009, 3:03 am


Stewils on flickr has a nice photostream of images from a folk museum in South Korea, showing a demonstration of trick riding.
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Liberty Work

Global Horse Culture Archive on May 14, 2009, 5:05 pm


Here's a neat example of liberty work, in this case performed by Rex Peterson and one of his horses, Tuff, who is used in a lot of movies. Rex uses whips to cue the horse, because on film sets he...
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Creative Saddle Pads

Global Horse Culture Archive on May 13, 2009, 4:23 pm


A friend tipped me off to this neat source of colorful saddle pads. Though dressage saddle pads are typically made of white quilted cotton, Dark Horse Farm Designs uses patterned fabrics, special trim, even crystals and tassels, to offer more...
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More Thai Cowboys

Global Horse Culture Archive on May 11, 2009, 3:15 pm


I posted a while ago about cowboys in Thailand. Chrisada on flickr has some photos from a ranch in that region. Here's one, and there are some others on Chrisada's photostream.
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Extremely Cool Beadwork

Global Horse Culture Archive on May 3, 2009, 2:30 pm


Dario over at Dario's Caballeros pointed me to Angela Swedberg's blog. Wow! Angela's profession and hobby is restoring and re-creating Plain's Indian beadwork, horse trappings and other ornamented clothing and gear. She does an astonishing job. Her work is stunning....
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Horses in Russian Art

Global Horse Culture Archive on May 2, 2009, 9:02 pm


Horses in Russian Art is a fantastic book - one of my favorite horse art books. It is pretty much nothing but pictures. The wide variety of paintings, sculptures, and even old photos include scenes from battle, horses in harness,...
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Old Cowboy Pictures

Global Horse Culture Archive on May 2, 2009, 8:20 pm


I borrowed this book, Cowboys: Images of the Old West: Book of 30 Postcards , from a friend - it's quite nice. Each page is a postcard that can be torn out and mailed, although who would want to tear...
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A Glimpse of Polo

Global Horse Culture Archive on May 2, 2009, 1:39 am


This promo for a PBS program about Polo provides a really nice glimpse of the sport. I'd love to see the full episode (there's more info about it here). Even in this six minute segment you get a look behind...
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100 Jobs with Horses

Global Horse Culture Archive on May 1, 2009, 8:22 pm


EQUUS has been putting together a series of interviews and stories about different jobs involving horses. The list has reached 100! It's a great resource - take a look!
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Mangalarga Marchador

Global Horse Culture Archive on April 28, 2009, 3:57 pm


The Equinest has a great post about the Mangalarga Marchador, a popular gaited breed in Brazil. Check it out!
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More great old saddles!

Global Horse Culture Archive on April 18, 2009, 2:08 pm


Riding Aside has some great new posts featuring historic saddles and riding habits. I love old tack and riding gear.
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Horses in History

Global Horse Culture Archive on April 18, 2009, 2:05 am


Enlightened Horsemanship has a recent post about a forthcoming book on horses in human history. It looks detailed and interesting! Take a look!
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That'll Cure Ya!

Global Horse Culture Archive on April 18, 2009, 1:52 am


I was recently listening to an audiobook entitled "The Arabian Art of Taming and Training Wild and Vicious Horses" by P.R. Kincaid (originally printed in 1856). There is a very brief bit about Arabian horses at the beginning, and then...
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History of Racing

Global Horse Culture Archive on April 15, 2009, 4:52 pm


An interesting blog, Colin's Ghost, features articles on Thoroughbred racing, with many about historic races, interesting or influential people and horses, and the culture of the racetrack. Take a look at this one, for example, about how illegal betting was...
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A little silliness

Global Horse Culture Archive on April 9, 2009, 10:54 pm


Via Boing-Boing I found this site (in English) and this one (in German), featuring the extinct "long horse" breed. Good for a chuckle!
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Just one wee horsepower

Global Horse Culture Archive on April 3, 2009, 4:35 pm


Pop over to flickr and take a look at this picture. Possibly the most innovative design in horse-drawn vehicles I've ever seen (except maybe those German unicycles!!). I imagine that's a pretty heavy vehicle to pull, with all that metal...
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Jeju Island Horses

Global Horse Culture Archive on April 3, 2009, 4:25 pm


The windswept island of Jeju, in Korea, is home to Mongolian-type ponies, some of which wander loose, others serving to give rides to the tourists who come to see the sights. articpenguin has some snapshots on flickr, like this one:
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Vaqueiros...no, not vaqueros!

Global Horse Culture Archive on April 2, 2009, 8:41 pm


In the northeastern part of Brazil, encompassing several states, is a harsh, dry, poor area generally called the Northeast (Nordeste). There is a specific cowboy culture there, distinctive and unique, and completely different from the gaucho cowboy culture of southern...
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