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Photo courtesy of Caro Senour Beautiful Jim Key’s trainer, Dr William Key, was a former slave and self-trained veterinarian at the turn of the 20th century. Dr Key would ask his horse Jim to bring him a card with a certain letter on it. If he brought back the right one, Jim would be rewarded […]

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Paulo Junqueira Arantes is one busy man, running all three of our rides in Brazil – Pantanal, Darwin’s Trail and Bahia Beach rides. An incredibly skilled horseman, Paulo takes great pleasure from seeing his clients enjoy their horse riding holidays. Here we find out what else he LOVES about helping globetrotters discover the wonders of […]

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Meet Lew Brennan, an artist who lives and breathes life in rural Australia. His art reflects the landscape and the people that surround him each day. What is your earliest memory of horses? There was a new invention that captured everyone’s attention when I was a little kid…it was television. I can remember putting my […]

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Staged at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, the Angola Prison Rodeo is the longest running prison rodeo in the United States, getting its start in 1965. Held on one weekend in April and on every Sunday in October, thousands of visitors enter the prison complex to watch the spectacle unfold. Proceeds from the rodeo cover its […]

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Name of breed: Falabella miniature horse Country of origin: Argentina Breed origin: The Falabella was developed in Argentina from local horses of Criollo stock. A gentleman by the name of Patrick Newtall began the breeding program in 1868, but when Newtall died, his herd and breeding methods were passed to his son-in-law, Juan Falabella. Juan […]

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Pinto is known as the only horse to have ever walked across the entire distance of the United States. That’s 32,753 kilometres (20,352 miles)! His journey is considered to be the longest documented expedition in the 20th century. This tale began in 1912 when five men from Shelton, Washington decided to try and make history […]

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Who would be faster in a marathon – a horse or a human? This might be a strange question to ask, but like how most of these discussions usually form, this one originated over a cheery pint (or five) at a pub one night in 1980. Gordon Green, the owner of the Neuadd Arms Hotel […]

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Meet Kin Kin, one of the most popular mares on our Bush & Beach ride in Noosa. Named after the local town of Kin Kin in Southeast Queensland, the name comes from the Aboriginal name for a species of small black ants that inhabit the area. Being a beautiful black mare, the name is very […]

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Name of breed: Friesian Country of origin: Netherlands Breed origin: The Friesian is a breed of horse originating in the province of Friesland, in the northern part of the Netherlands. Despite having the confirmation of a light draught horse, Friesians are graceful and athletic for their size. It is believed that the ancestors of Friesian […]

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Many United States Marine units have a live animal mascot. Sergeant Reckless was something far greater than that. In the Korean War, a girl stepped on a land mine and lost her leg. In order to buy her a prosthetic limb, the girl’s brother sold the local Marine unit a chestnut Mongolian mare named Flame-in-the-Morning […]

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