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Donkeys Gone High-Tech

Old-world transportation meets new-age technology in Israel to give tourists the ultimate experience....

WHN Update: "Train Pony" Surprises New Owner

Back in May, we told you about a British man who purchased two tickets for the local train ... one for him and one for his pony. Well, the pony recently gave her new owner a tiny painted surprise....

Horse in the City

From time to time, I enjoy leaving my apartment in suburbia and Dorado's rural home and venturing into a major metropolitan area for a day or two. The sights and sounds of the big city are exciting and an experience to remember. Boston and Chicago are two of my favorites, and it's quite handy that my cousin living in Las Vegas always jumps at the chance to have house guests. But after a day or so,...

Hit The Road, Jack

In addition to my OTTB eventer Dorado, I am the proud owner of an American Warmblood mare named Sadie. I got her shortly after her fifth birthday when I was still a freshman in high school ... the fact that she is now 14 and I now have a full-time office job makes me feel old every time I think about it! Sadie is very opinionated about trailering. Sadie's a nice girl. She's got great conformation,...

Ditched

A horse believed to be stolen from his Georgia pasture was found alive in a nearby ditch three weeks after going missing, reported television station WALB News . A cell phone video shows Sheyenne being lifted from the five-foot ditch in a cotton field about a mile from his owners' farm. He's lost about half of his 1,200 pounds, but a veterinarian who examined him said he's likely to recover from his...

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Postcard from Aruba

Ahh, Aruba. White sand, turquoise water, and donkeys. Donkeys? Yes, lots of them, as I was lucky enough to be able to verify in person last week. Before cars overtook the Dutch Caribbean island about 30km off the coast of Venezuela, donkeys were a major form of transportation. But when their usefulness was eclipsed by the auto, many of the long-eared equines were set loose to fend for themselves on...

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Hit and Run

A 77-year-old woman from the U.K. died of injuries she sustained when struck by a spooked zebra, a new coroner's report concluded. Eileen Whale was staying at a holiday center in Kenya last September when the pet zebra collided with her, tossing her in the air. She died in February. The BBC News cited a coroner's report of gastrointestinal bleeding and pancreatitis brought about by a series...

Sea Horses

Swimming with dolphins? That's so last year. Try riding with dolphins. A Bradenton, Fla., horse owner is offering "horse surfing" for those looking for a different type of aquatic adventure. Reported on HeraldTribune.com , former polo player and 10-year horse surfer Tim Mattox offers horse rides in the bay. Patrons have the option to ride or stand atop the wading animal and jump off into...

Fat Asses

The ever-expanding waistlines of some burros in Oatman, Ariz., have prompted the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to ask tourists to kindly refrain from feeding carrots and other goodies to the portly beasts, MSNBC reported. The burros are a major draw for the half-million tourists that visit the tiny town annually. But the BLM is hoping a reduction in the all-you-can-eat buffet will encourage the critters...

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Sinister Sands

Earlier this month we reported on a sad incident on a French beach in which a horse and rider fell into decomposing green algae. Toxic gasses produced by the seaweed killed the horse almost immediately, while the rider was pulled to safety, narrowly avoiding the same fate. Read the story . At right, a photo of the horse, Sir Glitter, provided by his owner/rider. Now an Associated Press report is adding...

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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.