Elmer Bandit, the 38-year-old competitive trail horse who broke the record for lifetime mileage last year, is one of our favorite examples of a geriatric horse.

But a horse now on display at the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre in Whitehorse, Canada, has him beat by more than a nose. (Although definitely not a live nose.)

The fossilized Yukon horse (Equus lambei) is estimated to be 26,000 years old, and is billed as "the best preserved specimen of a mummified, extinct large mammal ever found in Canada," according to an article from Farm Business Communications.  

Miners found the horse in 1993. This is the first time it's been offered for display.

Similar to a Przewalski horse, the Yukon horse arose as a species in a region off the Bering Sea about 200,000 years ago. Researchers say they became extinct about 12,000 years ago.


Remember our circus horses from last week?  

Turns out they're still in the Dallas area. They're chilling at a local farm until organizers come up with a plan, per the Dallas Morning News. Awesome of the local farm owner to take them in!


Interesting article on racehorse trainer Giuseppe Iadisernia in the Boston Globe.  

Iadisernia currently has the highest winning percentage of any trainer at Suffolk Downs, but because he's a Seventh-day Adventist, his horses don't run on Saturdays. And that pretty much knocks out the sport's biggest events. (At the beginning of the Suffolk meet, which was live only on Wednesdays and Saturdays, it knocked out half of his potential starts!)

"If you gave me $5 million to run, I wouldn't do it,'' Iadisernia told the paper. "I don't race on Saturday."

His longtime jockey, Kendry Castillo, doesn't share his beliefs but also refuses to race Saturdays.

"I'm committed to Giuseppe," he said. "I'm not riding for anybody else out of loyalty.''


The Los Angeles Times also has a nice article (and a great photo!) on the donkey and mule packing class at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center.

... Of course, frequent blog readers might remember reading about this in May. (Just sayin'. Weird Horse News--it's where it's at!)


Finally, did you know there's a cocktail called a Moscow Mule? It involves vodka, ginger beer, and lime.