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Ten million fighting men died in World War One. But what is less remembered is that at least eight million horses died too, a number that is absolutely inconceivable to me. According to the Australian War Memorial, during WWI Australia sent 136,000 horses overseas to be used by used by the Australian, British and Indian […]

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It appears every great horse has a great story, whether it be they come from humble beginnings and shine when it’s needed most, or they are born great, suffer some terrible mishap but keep going and return to greatness once more. Poco Lena’s story is the latter, a tale mixed with triumph and tragedy Born […]

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Nan Jeanne Aspinwall Gable Lambell was the first woman to ride on horseback across America alone. She rode from San Francisco to New York, covering 4496 miles and 180 days in the saddle, all in the name of a bet made with Buffalo Bill, whose Wild West show she performed in with her husband. Her […]

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Alexander the Great is arguably the greatest military conqueror the world has ever seen. But in addition to this, he was apparently the world’s first horse whisperer! Bucephalus, the horse Alexander rode for thousands of miles and through many battles to create his mighty empire, did not have the best of beginnings. Legend has it […]

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Thirty years ago on the equestrian world’s biggest stage, an unknown female rider snagged the individual gold medal out from under the noses of three men at the World Championships, a result that thrilled the world. Canadian Gail Greenough headed into the final four at the 1986 World Championships in Aachen as the underdog. It […]

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Born in 1965, Red Rum was a champion Thoroughbred steeplechaser who achieved an unmatched historic treble when he won the Grand National, the world’s greatest steeplechase event, in 1973, 1974 and 1977, and also came second in the two years in between (1975 and 1976). Red Rum’s owner, Martyn McEnery, gave the great thoroughbred his […]

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One of the greatest thoroughbred racing legends of all time, Seabiscuit had an inauspicious start to his racing career, but became an unlikely champion and a symbol of hope to many during the Great Depression. At age 2 he had raced a record 35 times but had only 5 wins to his name. It wasn’t […]

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Henry Bergh, the founder of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), was an advocate for the care and protection of horses. The rebellious son of a successful shipyard owner, it was during one of his many trips overseas that he witnessed the cruelty served to animals in the Spanish bullfighting […]

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It was 1916 when a gangly yearling was spotted by Cal Milam from Kentucky at a yearling sale. It wasn’t love at first sight, in fact it was anything but. Cal wasn’t impressed with the youngster, but ended up paying $1500 and took him home, naming him Exterminator in the hope he would eventually kill […]

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Mister Ed was a hugely popular American television sitcom in the 1950s and 60s, whose title character was a talking horse. The concept was derived from a series of short stories by children’s author Walter R. Brooks, which began with ‘The Talking Horse’ in the September 18, 1937 issue of Liberty magazine. It is believed […]

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