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Horse-Drawn Carriages

The question of whether horse-drawn carriages should be banned has been in the news lately. Glee star Lea Michele has recently starred in a PETA campaign supporting a ban. An announcement has been made that Prince William and his fiancee, Kate Middleton, will travel to their wedding by car instead of by carriage. Although the […]

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War Horse (Movie)

In 2011, Steven Spielberg directed a film called War Horse, starring Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson and David Thewlis. The film is based on a novel by the same name, written by British author Michael Morpurgo. The movie follows the fortunes of a horse named Joey and his special relationship with a boy named Albert, who […]

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Horse Diving Shows

From the 1920s to the 1970s, horse diving shows were a popular source of entertainment. The shows involved horses jumping off of towers approximately 40 feet high into a pool. Sometimes the horses had riders and sometimes they jumped alone. These shows were popular at the historic Steel Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The […]

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Urgent – ASPCA and Horses

The ASPCA advises that double-decked trailers are dangerous and inhumane when used to transport horses. Double-decker trailers can be used to transport short-necked livestock such as cattle. Horses are taller, with larger heads and longer necks and require more headroom which these trailers simply don’t provide. If horses attempt to stand upright, their unstable footing […]

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Rodeos are competitions based on skills that cowboys need for ranch work. They include events like Tie-down roping, Team Roping, Steer wrestling, Saddle bronc riding, Bareback Bronc-Riding, Bull riding and Barrel racing. Informal rodeos were held starting in the 1820s in the Western United States and northern Mexico. The first official competition was held in […]

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Olympic Equestrian Sports

Equestrian sports in the modern Olympics was originally limited to commissioned officers who competed in chariot and riding races. Today, the Olympic Equestrian sports are dressage, three-day eventing and show jumping. Women and men compete in the same events. Sailing is the only other Olympic event where women compete with men. The Olympic Equestrian Sports […]

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Horse Conservation

Both domestic and wild horses are in danger due to loss of habitat and cruelty to horses. Wild horse conservation Wild horses in the United States are diminishing in numbers at an alarming rate. Conservation efforts are therefore focusing on providing rescue and sanctuary and preserving rare breeds. Wild horses live in herd groups and […]

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Anna Sewell

Anna Sewell, the author of Black Beauty, wrote the novel in order “to induce kindness, sympathy, and an understanding treatment of horses.” Sewell was born in Norfolk, England, in 1820. At the age of 14, she injured both her ankles and was never able to walk properly again. She frequently got around by driving horse-drawn […]

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Horse Racing Endings

The opening of the Disney film about triple crown winner, Secretariat, has spurred even more interest in horse racing. Secretariat and other stars of horse racing have led exceptional lives. They have been cared for and coddled and when their racing careers are over, they are retired and usually put out to stud. Some find […]

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Horse Racing

On May 23, 2008, a horse named Eight Belles crossed the finish line in the Kentucky Derby. Her two front ankles snapped and she collapsed, resulting in her being put down as she lay there. This incident caused an outcry and calls for an end to horse racing. PETA instigated a campaign to either end […]