Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Fine Cotton

This is a story that was not familiar to me, and I have read a lot about horse racing over the years.  I even know something about Australian racing (that "something" being Phar Lap.)  But have you ever heard of the Fine Cotton scandal?  Teaser:  one horse raced in another's place. . .in 1976.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Pioneer Woman and Wild Horses

Some of you may be familiar with The Pioneer Woman--she writes a blog, hosts a cooking show, and generally shares her life as a rancher.  Here's a post about the BLM mustangs that her husband, whom she calls "Marlboro Man," wrote.  Very interesting and illuminating about what mustangs actually mean and where they are in today's world.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Charlotte Dumas: Anima

By Kitson

Last night I was driving down 17th Street here in DC and noticed a huge poster of a beautiful gray horse hanging outside the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Anima is a new collection of horse photos taken by Dutch photographer Charlotte Dumas on display in the museum's rotunda. I can't wait to check it out!

Monday, July 16, 2012

The All-Thoroughbred Horse Show

Hosted at Pimlico (perfect place for all things Thoroughbred), this show demonstrated the versatility of Thoroughbreds.  Not just for racing anymore!  Read all about it in this Thoroughbred Times article.

Political Horses

Did you know that Ralfaca Romney has a Twitter account?  Follow at once.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Watch Senate Hearing on Doping in Horse Racing


Watch lawmakers discuss the Thoroughbred racing industry and figure out the drug situation.  Barry Irwin (Animal Kingdom) is talking now.

Wild Ponies Roadside on Assateague Island

By Kitson

Hippotherapist taking a stand in horse slashings in Herndon, Virginia

There has been a very troubling episode of horses being slashed in Herndon, Virginia.  But one woman who works with hippotherapy clients wants to help the person doing the slashing.  Read this Washington Post story about how horses can help, even when they are victimized.

Monday, July 9, 2012

More Chincoteague

By Kitson

I'm sitting in the cutest little library in Chincoteague, Virginia, looking out over the channel on a cloudy day. Check out these gorgeous pony pictures courtesy of the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

A Visit to Chincoteague

By Kitson

This morning I packed up my ancient copy of Marguerite Henry's Misty of Chincoteague (nostalgic beach read), loaded the children in the car and headed east over the Bay Bridge and beyond. On the other side of the bridge, miles of golden-tasseled Maryland corn fields eventually yielded to Virginia's hazy green and blue marshes.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Dressage Finger from SmartPak

I love SmartPak, and I haven't ever even kept any horses in stalls who actually need Smartpaks.  I just like the catalog, and buy things from them with some regularity.  This is a funny video by the Smartpak people.  It's about Dressage Finger. . .watch, and find out what that means.