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In 1872, Eadweard Muybridge settled a long-disputed question: at a gallop, does a horse have all four hooves off the ground at once? Many people thought this was impossible, while others believed it was likely – although they imagined the horse would have all four legs extended outwards, rather than tucked underneath, when airborne. The […]

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Few horses can claim to have had more effect on the modern Thoroughbred than the Godolphin Arabian. Now the subject of poems, novels and paintings, this stallion had a pretty rough start. From what history can tell us, it seems he was a small, golden-bay Arabian horse born on the Barbary Coast of northern Africa […]

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Tent pegging is a high adrenaline sport that many people around the world participate in. The game originated from a military exercise of ancient origins and is one of the few equestrian sports that is recognised by the FEI. Tentpegging is a mounted game where people gallop at a series of ground targets holding a […]

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The Philippaerts are a Belgium family who has horse riding and show jumping in their blood! Ludo Philippaerts was a showjumping wizard and his wife Veronique was a master in the dressage arena before they had their four sons (Olivier, Nicola, Thibault and Anthony) to carry on their name in the equestrian world. Their passion […]

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Prometea, the first-ever cloned horse, was born in a province of Italy on May 28, 2003. This year, the Halflinger cross mare will be 15 years old! It was declared the turn of a new century for the equine world and saw the start of cloning elite horses in polo and the racing industry. But […]

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The Australian Light Horse Brigade was a group of mounted troops who served in the Second Boer War and World War One. The mounted men had both cavalry and infantry characteristics on how they worked and by the outbreak of WWI, there were 23 light horse regiments in the military (that’s 9,000 men and horses!). […]

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Undefeated for all of her 25 starts…say WHAT? That’s right, the Australian bred Thoroughbred superstar of a mare ‘Black Caviar’ had 25 starts throughout her racing career and remained undefeated the entire time. Is there any other racehorse who can claim that statistic? If you know of one, please do share! ‘Black Caviar’ was trained […]

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Time to meet an amazing horse named Ammo who was a true star of the Opening Ceremony at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000. To ride into an arena with thousands and thousands of people roaring and rear TWICE while whips cracked to signal the start of the games is truly a feat of horsemanship […]

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Like all violence and wars, the American Civil War was a horrific time for both man and horse. General Robert E. Lee was a major figure in the war and one of the most memorable horses that he rode on was a grey American Saddlebred called “Traveller”. FUN FACT! Even though “Traveller” was an American-bred […]

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Marion Coakes came from a family of fanatic showjumpers (her two brothers were already in the Junior British Show Jumping team!!) and when she met ‘Stroller’ in 1960, they had to prove their worth! At the time Marion was just 13 and was moving on from her previous pony ‘Magic’. Stroller was 10. The Thoroughbred […]

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