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Last of the Wild Horses Book Review

Sorry that there’s no picture available.  Last of the Wild Horses is a great read for any horse lover.  It sketches the wild horse and goes from the Sable Island ponies to the wild mustang of North America.  With full color photos and informative interesting text, this book will be a great addition to your library.

Funny Horse Photo

One of my friends has been living in Kuwait for awhile and she recently went to an Arabian Horse farm.  This is what she said about this picture

This girl was one of my favourites – such a character and so affectionate!

Great Horses in History Part 1

I’ve decided to start this series called Great Horses In History (GHIH).  Enjoy!

Bucephalus

Bucephalus was the favorite horse of  Alexander the Great.  As story has it, when Alexander was only ten years old, he tamed the horse no-one could tame  – Bucephalus.  Bucephalus carried his master in many great battles, even against the great war elephants.  Many historians have written about him.

“King Alexander had also a very remarkable horse; it was called Bucephalus, either on account of the fierceness of its aspect, or because it had the figure of a bull’s head marked on its shoulder. It is said, that he was struck with its beauty when he was only a boy, and that it was purchased from the stud of Philonicus, the Pharsalian, for thirteen talents. When it was equipped with the royal trappings, it would suffer no one except Alexander to mount it, although at other times it would allow any one to do so. A memorable circumstance connected with it in battle is recorded of this horse; it is said that when it was wounded in the attack upon Thebes, it would not allow Alexander to mount any other horse. Many other circumstances, also, of a similar nature, occurred respecting it; so that when it died, the king duly performed its obsequies, and built around its tomb a city, which he named after it

The Natural History of Pliny, Volume 2 , by Pliny (the Elder.), John Bostock, Henry Thomas Riley

“That on the further side, he nam’d Nicœa, in Memory of his Victory over the Indians; This he nam’d Bucephalus, to perpetuate the Memory of his Horse Bucephalus, which died there, not because of any Wound he had received, but meerly of old Age, and excess of Heat; for when this happen’d, he was nigh thirty Years Old: He had also endur’d much Fatigue, and undergone many Dangers with his Matter, and would never suffer any, except Alexander himself, to mount him. He was strong, and beautiful in Body, and of a generous Spirit. The Mark by which he was said to have been particularly distinguished, was a Head like an Ox, from whence he receiv’d his Name of Bucephalus: Or rather, acording to others, because he being Black, had a white Mark upon his Forehead, not unlike those which Oxen often bear.”  Arrian’s History of Alexander’s Expedition, Volume 2

In 326 B.C. Bucephalus carried his master into battle.  When Alexander told him to go forward, the horse refused.  Instead he turned and raced back with Alexander riding him to the back flank.  There he kneeled, allowed Alexander to dismount, and fell over dead.  It was later found that Bucephalus was suffering from severe battle wounds.  However, he made sure his master was safe before dying.

Bronze statue of Alexander on Bucephalus , Museo Nazionale di Villa Guilia, Rome, Italy

Image from here.

Image ID: 495507  The taming of the great horse Bucephalus by the boy Alexander.

Image from here.

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Image from Wikipedia.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Even though this is a bit late (and I live in Canada), I decided to write a post about this.  I got the idea from this post.

Breeds of Horses that I’m Thankful For

First and foremost – the Arabian.  You can check out my post on the Arabian here.

My next favorite is the Palomino.  Not technically a breed but still beautiful.  Check out some gorgeous photos here.

The Morgan.  You can read my post on the Morgan here.

And last but not least – The Pinto.  You can read about the Pinto here.

Here are a few of the great horsey websites and blogs that I’m thankful for.

I hope you like these sites as much as I do.  Happy Thanksgiving!

A Poll

Pinto

Roan

 

White/Cream

Grey

Black

Dun

Palomino

 

The Sturdy Irish Draught (pronounced Draft)

The Irish Draught breed originated from the Irish Hobby, a small horse.  During the Anglo-Norman invasions, war horses were brought to Ireland.  Additional Iberian blood was incorporated as Spanish horses from the shipwrecked Armada found their way ashore near the South West of Ireland. Clydesdale and  Thoroughbreds were used on the local Draught mares in the 19th century and early 20th century, and native Connemara pony blood was added to form the breed known as the Irish Draught.

The breed was bred to be docile and strong. They were required not only to perform the work of pulling carts and ploughing, but they were also used as riding horses, and during the Great European Wars, as army horses. Irish Draughts were bred to be economical to keep, surviving on grass, gorse, and boiled turnips, oats and bran.

The Irish government became involved with the breed at the beginning of the 20th century to promote better horses. They introduced registration for stallions in 1907 and mares in 1911. The stud book was opened by the Ministry of Agriculture in 1917, selecting 375 mares and 44 stallions to enter as the foundation stock. Clydesdale horses were imported from Britain to meet the demand for plow horses in the heavy soil agricultural areas.  Clydesdale horses were cross-bred with the Irish Draught horses in these areas, producing an animal that was taller and coarser. But many people blamed the Clydesdale for the lack of stamina and hardiness in the breed so Clydesdale influence was stopped. Thoroughbred blood helped to breed out some of these traits, and also added more refinement and greater endurance.

The breed flourished for a while, but numbers subsequently dropped as a result of death losses during the Great Wars, and the mechanization of the mid-20th century. During the latter period, thousands of horses went to the slaughterhouse each week as farm horses were sold to pay for tractors. In 1976, a small group of Irish breeders banded together to form the Irish Draught Horse Society and preserve the breed.  By 1979, a branch of the Society was formed in Great Britain.  Today, Irish Draughts are thriving and out of danger.

All photos are from here.