The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan made this little girl’s dream come true with a perfect week in Kentucky. Get the tissues out!
HN reader Will Berry sent us his recent video adventure riding in the Australian Outback — come along for the ride!
Last week was National Farrier Appreciation Week! SmartPak put together this “Stuff Riders Say” video to celebrate.
Start your Wednesday morning out right to the pitter-patter of Icelandic hooves … hundreds of them.
Get into the heart of a horseball match from the referee’s point of view!
If you rolled polo, rugby and basketball into one game (with perhaps the tiniest element of Quidditch thanks to that vertical hoop) you’d get horseball, an FEI-recognized discipline that’s popular in Europe and spreading around the world. Get an idea of what the game it like from the referee’s point of view:
This particular match took place in France, but the sport is also very popular in Italy and Spain; horseball also has leagues in Canada, Australia, China, Mexico and Argentina among other countries. The sport traces its roots back to an Argentinian game that involved a live duck rather than a ball — for obvious reasons, this early version is no longer widely played.
To learn more about horseball, see the International Federation of Horseball’s website.
Go horseball, and go riding!
Because there’s nothing so thrilling as the ancient contest of the bareback “strip puissance” on a pony.
One draft horse vs. ten buff dudes. No spoiler needed to guess the winner.
We all know that the horse is going to win in a pulling contest against a human. But what happens when you pit ten strong men (and a couple of women) against a horse?
Sara the Belgian mare makes this tug of war look easy on not one but two trials. I don’t think the human team stood much of a chance!
Go Dubarry, and go riding!
This takes wardrobe malfunctions to a new level. (more…)
Check out what the SmartPakers and Horse Nation staffers have in their grooming totes, and share what you have in yours! (more…)
Check out this video from the FEI, detailing how horses are prepped for international travel. (more…)
They say a good cutting horse can work a cow with its eyes closed — which is basically true for Quick To Dual, the world’s only successful blind cutting horse. (more…)
SmartPak’s popular YouTube series is back with a brand new episode that pretty much explains why your horse, as stunningly beautiful as he/she may be, will probably never make it as a supermodel.
Check out all three phases from Phillip Dutton and I’m Sew Ready, who won last weekend’s Carolina International CIC3*. (more…)
When a wild boar charges a couple out filming in the French countryside, it’s ponies to the rescue.
This bizarre video has been making the Internet rounds this week — I spotted it on Buzzfeed which, in classic Buzzfeed fashion, broke the narrative down into three GIFs.
#1. Crazed random boar comes running down the road out of nowhere.
#2. In a weird turn of events, it suddenly makes a beeline for the couple holding the camera.