Pumpkin, Seabiscuit’s Best Friend

Most of us know the story of Seabiscuit, the underdog who went on to become a legendary racehorse. No? Then read this first! One very important character in Seabiscuit’s life was Pumpkin, a palomino gelding who was introduced to Seabiscuit by his trainer, Tom Smith. Pumpkin was an experienced lead pony, having calmed the nerves […]

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Horse Breed: Kinsky

Breed name: Kinsky. Also known as Equus Kinsky, or the Golden Horse of Bohemia. Country of origin: Czech Republic. Breed origin: The origin of the Kinsky horse is a legend in itself. The story goes that over a thousand years ago, a Bohemian princess was travelling through the country when she and her entourage were […]

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Be Still My Aching Boobs! Best Bras for Horse Riding

Our Globetrotting horse riding holidays are an adventure of the senses. From the tantalising tastes of regional food and wine on our Margaret River Ride in Australia, to the rush of adrenaline and wind in your hair on top of an Andean mountain on The Patagonia Trail, Argentina, it’s all about feeling good. But for […]

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Fire Horses

From the 1830s to the 1920s, fire engines in many parts of the world were pulled by horses. Galloping to the blaze pulling a billowing, fuming steam engine and sometimes an escape ladder, too, the horses allowed firefighters to use larger, more effective engines and to reach the fire much faster. Prior to the introduction […]

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Horse Breed: Waler

Breed name: Waler Country of origin: Australia Breed origin: The Waler was developed in colonial Australia by crossing a huge number of breeds including heavy draught types, strong coach horses, Timor Ponies and native British ponies, Thoroughbreds, Arabians and the African Cape Horse. To handle the harsh Australian conditions and the tough work required of […]

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Fiona Hughes – Sit Tight Radio

Fiona Hughes has been riding horses her whole life, and enriching the Aussie eventing scene for much of that time. Her latest project, Sit Tight Radio, brings listeners top quality equestrian info-tainment in the form of commentaries from Australia’s major 3 day events. We caught up with Fi to learn more about Sit Tight Radio […]

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Horse Breed: Tarpan

Name of breed: Tarpan Country of origin: Russia, although Tarpans once roamed over most of Europe. Breed origin: The original Tarpan is an extinct subspecies of horse whose scientific name is Equus ferus ferus. The Tarpan developed during the ice age as a subspecies of Equus ferus, which lived all over the land from western […]

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Equestria Festival, France

I was recently fortunate enough to attend an incredible festival in the French city of Tarbes, which is nestled into the foothills of the stunning Pyrenees mountains. Equestria Festival is a celebration of all things equus. It’s like a breed show, but with added llamas. It’s like a gymkhama, but with world class performances every […]

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Three Bars

The first time you hear it, it comes as a bit of a shock: a Thoroughbred stallion shaped the Quarter Horse as we know it today. Three Bars was born in 1940, a full-blooded Thoroughbred with champion sprinters on both sides of his pedigree. ‘You know when you hit the jackpot [on a slot machine] […]

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Coast Guard Beach Patrol, WWII

This image shows the Coast Guard Beach Patrol on duty in Virginia during World War II. At its height, the Beach Patrol employed about 24,000 men aged 17 to 73, protecting 3,700 miles of coastline from potential enemy invasion. The Beach Patrol began in June 1942 and lasted until preparations began for the Normandy invasion […]

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Horse Breed: Brumby

Name of breed: Brumby Country of origin: Australia Breed origin: ‘Brumby’ is the name given to Australia’s wild horses. Populations exist in every state and territory except Tasmania thanks to a huge variety of reasons and events. The first horses came to Australia with the First Fleet in 1788. Only seven survived this initial voyage, […]

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Wallace the Dressage Mule

Meet Wallace, a mule who has triumphed against the odds to beat horses at their own game – dressage! Wallace’s origins are a mystery, but as a six year old, he was found wandering a village in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, eating the locals’ flower displays. The locals and Wallace reached a compromise, converting a […]

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Real-life HERO: Tanya McDermott

Tanya McDermott is spearheading a new project by Harness Racing Victoria that aims to help Standardbreds transition to new lives and careers after retiring from the racetrack. Tanya very kindly took the time to answer some questions for us about her life by the track, the HERO project and some favourite memories. What is your […]

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Horse Breed: Dongola

Breed name: Dongola, or Dongolawi. Country of origin: Sudan, Cameroon and Eritrea. Breed origin: The Dongola breed is believed to owe a lot to the Iberian horses that were brought to Egypt in the 13th century. Although this part of the Dongola’s ancestry is beyond doubt, the rest is up for contention. Some believe they […]

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Top 4 Working Cattle Experiences

Whether working with gauchos in Argentina, cowboys in America or stockmen in Australia, there’s something about working cattle from the back of a well-trained horse that truly feeds the soul. And getting a taste of life on a working cattle farm is at the top of many globetrotters’ bucket lists! So to help you find […]

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The Huasos of Chile

A Chilean huaso is ‘an excellent horseman with gentlemanly ways who identifies with the hacienda’ (‘hacienda’ is a South American term for a large estate – think an estancia, but bigger). Heard of gauchos? Huasos are the Chilean equivalent. Until the 20th century, huasos were far from gentlemen. They started off as bandits in Chile’s […]

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World Record: Highest Jump by a Horse

The Guinness World Record for the highest jump by a horse was set by Captain Alberto Larraguibel and ‘Huaso’ in Chile, 1949. The pair jumped 2.47 metres! Formerly named Faithful, Huaso was born in Chile in 1933. After a failed racing career, a near-fatal injury crushing his new owner’s dressage aspirations and an unpromising start […]

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Horse Breed: Chilean Horse

Breed name: Chilean Horse, or Chilean Corralero. Country of origin: Chile Breed origin: The Chilean Horse is the oldest South American horse breed and the oldest registered stock horse in the Western Hemisphere. It descends from the horses who travelled with the Spanish conquistadors from Peru to Chile in the 16th century. Many who set […]

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Titanic’s Anchor: 20 Horses Pulling 16 Tonnes

A ship the size of the Titanic needed some serious stopping gear! The anchor commissioned for the vessel weighed a whopping 16 tonnes, and was forged at Noah Hingley & Sons ironworks in Netherton, in England’s Midlands. In order to get the anchor to the Titanic, it needed to be transported from the Netherton ironworks […]

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Top 5 Riding Jeans as Voted by our Globetrotters!

Jeans make great travel companions, even better if they’ll hold up to a day in the saddle but still look good enough to wear out to dinner or a day’s sightseeing. The trick to horseback travel is to make our luggage work hard for us, and when there’s riding gear taking up precious space and weight, […]

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Horse Breed: Hucul Pony

Name of breed: Hucul Pony, or Carpathian Pony. Country of origin: The Carpathian Mountains. In modern times, the area where they originated lies within Ukraine, Romania, Slovakia and Poland. Breed origin: The Hucul pony is a very old breed, believed to have been developed in the 13th century by crossing the now-extinct wild Tarpan horse […]

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