If you want a great story in a concise form, there's no beating a good police blotter. Every word is just packed with meaning (and, frequently, a bit of dry humor).
Along those lines, sounds like there's some equine unrest in Montana.
Here's an unabridged excerpt from the Flathead County Sheriff's Report, as reported in the Flathead Beacon (be sure to note, these all came in within an hour of each other!):
- 4:25 p.m. A pony was lying prone in a field on Danielson Drive, arousing suspicions of animal cruelty. While the animal did have an injured leg, it had already been addressed by a veterinarian.
- 4:37 p.m. A saddle was stolen on Trumble Creek Road.
- 5:17 p.m. A small herd of horses was running down Highway 2. Authorities facilitated in an efficient round-up.
But some of the best reading is admittedly not horse related:
2:29 a.m. A father managed to corner his daughter's boyfriend in her room. Evidently, the wily youth likes to sneak in late at night.
For more great reading, check out their full collection. These headlines are cracking me up:
- Roaming Steed and a Volatile Grill
- Peeping Tom and a Rotten Steak
- Flaming Portable and Burnt Pie
... But it's not just Montana. From Charleston, S.C.'s The Post and Courier:
"A pig attacked horses and people and damaged property April 23 in Adams Run, a Charleston County Sheriff's Office report states.
"A caller was in "an hysterical state ... sobbing and uncontrollably hyperventilating" when she called to described the rampaging porker, the report says. She said the pig attacked her horse and then came after her as she stepped from her car."
From Oregon's Lake Oswego Review:
"5/27/09 12:01 p.m. A man was wandering around carrying a small pony and looking confused. He was later transported to Multnomah County Mental Health."
Be sure to drop a line if you see a good one in your local police report--you can always comment below, or feel free to e-mail me.
In other news, a racehorse trainer in Dorset, U.K., has created quite a stir by riding his new Zebra to the pub, according to articles from the BBC and The Sun.
Trainer Bill Turner had worked with donkeys, ponies, racehorses, carthorses, and "every other type of horse available" when he decided he needed a new challenge. That's when he decided to turn his hand to Zebra training. He bought a youngster named Zebedee from a wildlife park in Holland.
While the Zebra was initially difficult to manage, he soon turned around.
"Zebedee gave me a hard time at first, coming at me with his front feet and also biting," Turner said. "But I just treated him with total kindness."
And just a couple weeks later, Turner started riding him the 1.5 miles to the Kings Arms pub in Sherborne.
"A few of the pub customers came out and saw him and quickly went back in saying 'I'll have another pint of that, it's better than I thought it was,' " Turner told the BBC.
He says the plan is to teach Zebedee to jump before selling him as a pet to a new family.