Thursday Morning Feed from Fleeceworks: Mary Becomes a Horse Trainer
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!
Dubarry Tuesday Video: Living Museum of the Horse
The 18th-century Great Stables of the Château de Chantilly have been expertly preserved as the Living Museum of the Horse, a unique museum-within-a-stable showcasing the horse as a living work of art. Have a peek inside!
Wednesday Helmet Cam from World Equestrian Brands: Australian Outback Adventure
HN reader Will Berry sent us his recent video adventure riding in the Australian Outback — come along for the ride!
Monday Morning Feed by SmartPak: Stuff Riders Say … to Farriers
Last week was National Farrier Appreciation Week! SmartPak put together this “Stuff Riders Say” video to celebrate.
World Equestrian Brands Helmet Cam: Herding Icelandic Horses
Start your Wednesday morning out right to the pitter-patter of Icelandic hooves … hundreds of them.
Monday Morning Feed From SmartPak: More Bloopers
As if Sara and Sarah weren’t funny enough in the “If Horses Were People” series, they’ve put together their own outtakes reel.
World Equestrian Brands Helmet Cam: Drill Team
These riders make drill team look easy — even from the rider’s perspective!
World Equestrian Brands Helmet Cam: Horseball
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!
Monday Feed From SmartPak: Colic Risk Quiz
Unfortunately, every horse is at risk of colic — but to varying degrees. Take SmartPak’s quiz and find out where you stand.
SpectraVET Performance of the Week: Elisa Wallace in ‘Strip Puissance’
Because there’s nothing so thrilling as the ancient contest of the bareback “strip puissance” on a pony.
SmartPak: Stuff Riders Say About Fly Spray
SmartPak’s popular “Stuff Riders Say” series is back with two episodes we can all relate to this time of year …
Tuesday Video From Dubarry: Tug of War
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!
Jockey Moons Field, Crowd at Canterbury, Australia
This takes wardrobe malfunctions to a new level. (more…)
Monday Morning Feed from SmartPak: What’s in Your Grooming Tote?
Check out what the SmartPakers and Horse Nation staffers have in their grooming totes, and share what you have in yours! (more…)
Tuesday Video from Dubarry: ‘We Give Horses Wings’
Check out this video from the FEI, detailing how horses are prepped for international travel. (more…)
SpectraVET Performance of the Week: Blind Cutting Horse Uses Echolocation to Sort Cattle
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: If Horses Were People — Picture Taking Edition, Part I
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.
SpectraVET Performance of the Week: Phillip Dutton and I’m Sew Ready
Check out all three phases from Phillip Dutton and I’m Sew Ready, who won last weekend’s Carolina International CIC3*. (more…)
Ponies: 1, Wild Boar: 0
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.