Book: Girls and the lives of horses

New York City mounted police officer to little girl: "don't say it."Little girl: "don't say what?"Horse cop: "I want a horse." It would not be the first or the last time he heard that. Horses are magnets for females in our culture, perhaps even more than pro sports are for males. Jean O'Malley Halley, sociologist… Continue reading Book: Girls and the lives of horses

What to do about horse abuse: Abolish or reform?

Are we abolitionist or reformers? It is a question often asked. Here is where we stand, and have from the beginning. We are strongly on the side of abolishing every type of horse abuse, not just reducing it to a level tolerable to the human view and which is typically labeled as “reform.” If you… Continue reading What to do about horse abuse: Abolish or reform?

Impact of Covid-19 on stability of US horse industry

Horse looking out from Barn Door from blog.posterjack.ca.

In an article posted by HorseTalk.co.nz entitled, "US horse industry shows stability in face of Covid-19 pandemic," the following data caught our attention: The most frequently selected issue facing the equine industry was land use issues (43.5%), followed closely by horses in transition or at risk (43.1%), and the cost of horsekeeping (42.8%). Frequently mentioned… Continue reading Impact of Covid-19 on stability of US horse industry

The reunion of Phoenix and Ghost (video)

There’s no doubt that horses can remember individuals in their current social network; they recognize and treat familiar horses differently from one another. Individual recognition is widespread across all animals; it insures stability of the social group because each member can distinguish between allies, competitors, neighbors, and strangers. Unique “signature” cues communicate an individual’s identity… Continue reading The reunion of Phoenix and Ghost (video)

Cave artists put horses on a pedestal

Rhys Blakely, Science Correspondent for the TIMES of London, writes: For 20,000 years Europe’s Stone Age artists focused on a particular menagerie. Using secluded caves as their canvas, they painted bison, mammoths, ibex, and wild ox. During all that time, however, one species occupied a special place in their thoughts — the horse. New research… Continue reading Cave artists put horses on a pedestal

What the strange case of horse mutilations in France reveals about our state of mind

Scared horse in barn.

The incidents may be a natural phenomenon, but the pandemic has made us more accepting of the sinister Laura Spinney | The Guardian | Selected Excerpts The animals have been found missing ears and genitals, with eyes torn out, or deep, clean cuts to their bodies. The recent spate of horse mutilations reported across France has provoked… Continue reading What the strange case of horse mutilations in France reveals about our state of mind

Wild horses, bison bring biodiversity

Wild horses gallop across a meadow at a wildlife sanctuary in Milovice, Czech Republic, Friday, July 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek).

MILOVICE, Czech Republic (AP) — Wild horses, bison and other big-hoofed animals once roamed freely in much of Europe. Now they are transforming a former military base outside the Czech capital in an ambitious project to improve biodiversity. Where occupying Soviet troops once held exercises, massive bovines called tauros and other heavy beasts now munch… Continue reading Wild horses, bison bring biodiversity

US Space Force hires a horse

Ghost the Space Horse. LIveScience.com.

LIVE SCIENCE writes: The United States Space Force has a new recruit in their mission to keep planet Earth safe. His name is Ghost, and he likes to go clip-clop on the beach. Ghost, a 5-year-old mustang, is the newest addition to the Conservation Military Working Horse program, which the Space Force recently inherited from the U.S.… Continue reading US Space Force hires a horse

Watermelon and horses

Round watermelon with slices. USDA.

Happy National Watermelon Day (#NationalWatermelonDay), every August 3rd. Most horses love watermelon. Should we really let them eat it, and if so how much? Just the flesh, or just the rind? Watermelon is not harmful to horses — in moderate amounts. In fact, it is a great treat. However, please research anything you are considering giving your… Continue reading Watermelon and horses

China’s Equine Industries in a Transitional Economy

Horse in profile against a black backdrop. From MarketingtoChina.com.

Development, Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities By Qingbin Wang and Yang ZouReceived: 1 April 2020; Accepted: 19 June 2020; Published: 24 June 2020 Note: We are posting the Abstract with a link to the full document in pdf format ( 14 pp). Abstract China had the most horses in the world from 1961 to 2004 but,… Continue reading China’s Equine Industries in a Transitional Economy