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A Medley of Weird Horse News

We're back in the saddle at Weird Horse News and to catch up on things, I've put together a little medley of stories popping up here and there....

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Happy Horsey Halloween!

Halloween is one of the few times each year when many adults transform into big kids, including me. The concept of dressing up as alter egos and scaring the pants off anyone available is just something we can't pass up!...

Let Me Help You With That

We all know the routine: The sun is out, temperatures warming up, and the days are getting longer. It's time to think summer, and as we start to shed our winter wear, so do our horses--it’s shedding season. To me, shedding season means hours spent at the barn getting the ultimate upper body workout with curry combs and shedding blades, trying to get those last bits of dull winter hair off my horses...

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Frozen Hose Haiku

It's that time again! Show off your syllabic subjugation skills with a new round of horsey haiku. Our subject: winter stable management. (To review, haiku lines go in patterns of 5/7/5 syllables. Stanza breaks don't display well in comments, so I suggest inserting a short line of hyphens ----- to indicate a new grouping.) There's a cycle to Kentucky's January Mud ice mud ice mud Tundra pastures are...

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Living Nativity

The living Nativity at Eagle River Presbyterian Church near Vail, Colo., became more exciting than intended when the two donkeys involved escaped from their pen. The Vail Daily reported the chase took pursuers from the Avon church, behind some shops, and along the railroad tracks into Eagle-Vail where the lost long-ears were eventually located. Church member Chip Howard, who had borrowed the donkeys...

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Calling All Donkeys

A church in Redditch, Worcestershire, UK, has yet to fill one vial role in their annual Christmas pageant: the donkey. They put out a call via the Redditch Advertiser for a "placid and calm" donkey for the Christmas Eve service. Along with a real donkey, the pageant will include a real baby and a cast of children. "Donkeys and of course, babies, can be unpredictable but that only adds to the experience...

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Fashion Week

Every few years those-in-the-know declare equestrian is "in" and (at least for the next 15 minutes) the fashion mags fill with emaciated gals sitting/hanging/leaning on obviously sedated horses whose lead shanks and reins meander into unseen hands out of the frame. Well, it must be that time again because the New York Times tells me Gucci and Hermès are jumping into the world of show jumping sponsorship...

Summertime Haikus

We've nearly let a season pass us by without another round of readers' horse haikus! Read the great submissions on the springtime haiku post . It's simple—three lines with a pattern of 5-7-5 syllables each, respectively. To add yours, make sure you're signed in (if you're not registered on TheHorse.com it's free and easy ) and just hit comment below the post. Here are mine:...

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It's Easter, Peeps!

Easter, at least in the United States, is associated with a very particular set of fuzzy little critters. Emphasizing all that's cute and fluffy, bunnies, chicks, and lambs are everywhere. But for some folks, Easter has an equine angle. Canadian newspaper The Barrie Examiner very helpfully put together an article on the subject of some horse-y Easter traditions. Here's a fun excerpt: "Folk...

All Hail the Mule Queen!

I don't know about where you live, but south of the Sweet Tea Line, spring is in the air. Birds are chirping. Hair is flying. Mares are sassy. But spring is important for another reason. That's right, it's almost time for Mule Day ! Held in Columbia, Tenn., since 1840, more than 200,000 attend the event that celebrates all things mule. But Mule Day is far more than just mules--there's...

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About This Blog

As we hunt high and low for relevant horse health news, we sometimes stumble upon horse-related items that are just plain... well, weird. They might be funny, or sometimes sad. But they're definitely weird. Regardless, we find them interesting, and we hope you do too.