click on the arrows to make this Video full-size. I could watch this for hours, without the sound on, such love between 2 gorgeous beings, it is so nice!
Horse racing like cricket is a time old tradition, enjoyed by many jockeys as a sport, and relished by gamblers and owners etc. involved who make money and prestige from it. But at what cost for these huge million dollar events as opposed to small for fun personal events involving NO PRIZE MONEY? Go in the Poll to have your opinion about horse racing in Australia.
This year Red Cadeaux incurred a serious injury to his leg, and is now said to be okay. Last year, 2 Melbourne Cup horses died. Yes, the Jockeys and people involved may be devastated when their horse is injured or even dies, and may pull out all stops (no expense spared) to save a good race-horse, but what about those that don’t “cut the mustard”?
Not only horse racing but of course Grey-hound Racing, but this post is about HORSE RACING.
Links of interest follow.
When a thoroughbred destined for racing is born in Australia, its chances of being a successful racehorse are slim. It is estimated that only 300 out of every 1,000 foals produced will ever start in a race.  That means of the 13,000 thoroughbred foals born each year in Australia alone, an approximate 9,000 will be considered useless and thousands will end up at “the doggers”.
You may think the horses that go to the abattoir will be used for dog food, so who cares, but I wait for the day when Homo sapiens will not treat Horses as commodities by up-scaling the sport of horse racing for profits, prestige, entertainment and sport.
Well, I believe that all animals have Souls and that non-human animals also have intelligence, and in fact, some have more intelligence than some human beings. I also believe that some non-human animals can also feel emotions and feelings – emotions being feelings that are expressed physically.
If you are at all interested or drawn to communicating with animals, please pursue that interest, as the World would benefit, I think, from Homo sapiens or human beings genuinely connecting with their animal companions and the animal world at large.
There are plenty of resources for this, excellent books, and Animal Communicators, that run courses in communicating with animals, and / or who will connect with your special Animal friend as a service they run, and give you messages from them, or relay questions from your animal companions.
A load of “bunkum”, some of you say? “That’s strange” or “I don’t understand that” others may decry. Well, consider this – communication is universal. The spoken language had to start somewhere. It is made up. Communication also exists as mental images and concepts which are on the “air-waves” or which are conveyed by the intention of the sender, as frequencies of energy which an open and devoted receiver can pick up.
I have personally experienced it myself. It’s called telepathy. Once a baby human being telepathically spoke to me, and if Homo sapiens can pick up telepathic messages from other human beings, why can’t they pick up telepathic messages from non human beings? Please visit the page below to explore further.
Now, to answer the Question that is the Title of this Post,
the answer is YES.
Click on the Link below to read the true story of a racehorse that felt guilt over a little girl.
Animals are not lesser beings. They may serve a purpose to some human beings, but should be treated with respect, as David Attenborough says. We use tools, don’t we, like knives & forks, and computers, but don’t say they are lesser things than us.
In my “books” or viewpoint, ALL LIFE is sacred in terms of, yes, some of us may eat animals, and I have heard that some animals are aware of this purpose or relationship and accept it, but let’s not go over-board and take more than we need, or out-rightly abuse various animal species as just commodities, for our own pleasure or profit. Farming animals uses an enormous amount of land that could be used to grow & harvest plants for human consumption.
Remember the following, that we all came / come from the “primoridal soup” or from the hot ocean vents, and the predecessors/ancestors of Homo sapiens and other Animals are the same – bacteria !! This is according to scientists, like Professor Brian Cox, and the point is that just because we human beings CAN “conquer” or farm and trap non-human animals, CAN is not a good reason for actually doing so – to the extent that we are being cruel to animals and degrading our Earth.
We CAN eat with our fingers but in the so-called civilized countries, we DON’T. It’s our CHOICE what we do with this beautiful and fascinating World that we live in.
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This year is the Year of the Horse. Historic Runnymede Farm’s special interest is in the breeding, boarding, raising, instruction and training of Friesian horses. Runnymede Farm is a private equine training facility, established since 1923, that has long been a jewel of the U.S.A. East Coast equine community. Runnymede Farm is the home of 45 stake-winning thoroughbred race horses—including Kentucky Derby winner “Dancer’s Image”.
Click on the link for further information about Runnymede and the beautiful, majestic Friesian horses.
Chinese New Year in 2014 begins on January 31st. The Chinese Lunar New Year is celebrated at the second new moon after the winter solstice. The winter solstice, which falls around December 21, is one of two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the equator. It is also the shortest day of the year. Lunar New Year’s Eve is celebrated with family gatherings and festivals. Cities in China celebrate the 15-day New Year season with firecrackers and fireworks.
Horse is one of Chinese favorite animals. Horse provides a good and quick transportation for people before automobiles. Horse can give people a ride to their destination. Therefore, horse is not only a symbol of traveling, but also a sign of speedy success.
Horses like to compete with others. They pursuit for their freedom, passion and leadership. Therefore, people will have busy schedule for their goal in the year of Horse. Horse is connected to heat, fire and red. Horses like social activities, because horses like to show off themselves. Since horse is a social animal and red is also connected to love, therefore. horse is treated as a Romantic Star in Chinese Horoscope.
You reading this are a Human Being, a member of Homo sapiens. We, You and I have the Resources of our minds/intelligence and conscious awareness and our emotions and especially our –
To Celebrate my Birthday, which was on 14th September, I am giving away a Chalkboard Horse from Breyer. This un-usual item can be stood in your Kitchen or other shared area, and used by various members of your family or household to write short color coded messages on, like “Remember the Eggs” or “Back at 9pm” OR you can have it in your bed-room and use it to leave yourself messages, or just enjoy it to decorate with the different coloured chalks !! This Horse is low maintenance, 9.5 inches high with an eraser, and is for Young and Old alike.
S.A.F.E – Save A Forgotten Equine – in the United States – does a fantastic job looking after “pointy” abandoned horses and helping them become gorgeous and round. Honeycutt, their ambassador for sponsoring forgotten horses, has his very own Website for his own organisation – Honeycutt Nation.
Please contribute $10 to Honeycutt’s latest venture, which is to be a Sponsor at SAFE’s 2013 Annual Benefit Show, where classes for enthusiastic horse-riders will be held, for nominal fees. If you love horses, and feel inclined to help, Honeycutt and SAFE will appreciate your support. Please go to Honeycutt’s latest POST for information, and remember to select “Honeycutt Nation” when submitting your donation. Thank you from the Horses.
The HorseWyse Magazine is Australia’s number 1 magazine for young people, all about Horses! This Magazine is chock full of interesting information and activities, as well as beautiful pull-out posters and people can subscribe to it yearly to receive 4 issues a year. The Magazine CAN be posted out to New Zealand, Canada, and the U.S. Go to their SUBSCRIPTIONS page to find out more.
The HorseWyse website is packed full of “goodies” including Articles and Fun online activities. Click HERE to find “Colour-in 1” and “Colour-in 2” which gives you a horsy outline and paints to colour in the picture, to your heart’s content. Above is our colouring of one of these Activity pictures !!.
Since 2005, Save a Forgotten Equine (SAFE) in Washington, U.S.A. has been rescuing and rehabilitating horses that have been starved, neglected, abused or are unwanted. S.A.FE. has formal agreements in place with Animal Control agencies in King, Pierce and Skagit counties to support their fight to protect horses in this region. Please visit their wonderful website and do what you can to help horses.
It is estimated that 100,000 horses a year in America are sent to the slaughter house for horse meat, and ten percent are racehorses, as the video via the link below, showing a beautiful 4 year old race horse resccued from the “kill pen”, reports. Approximately 18000 racehorses are killed a year in Australia, for dog meat. Please support the re-homing of Australian race horses via the Australian Horse Welfare Society please. Racehorses are NOT property. They are living beings with souls. Some like to race and some don’t.
While I don’t condone horse racing because it is an industry run for the profit and entertainment of human beings, at the cost of many horses being hurt in accidents, or discarded because they do not win; I do observe some of it and came across a beautiful pint sized 2 year old chestnut filly called “Miracles of Life” nick-named the Pocket Rocket. She is from Australia and trained by Daniel Clarken of South Australia. Her father (technically called her “sire”) was “Not a Single Doubt” and her mother (technically called her “dam”) was “Dazzling Gazelle”.
Miracles of Life is owned by Sri Lankan billionaire Mr Muzaffar Yaseen, who runs a major garment export business. Teeley Assets’s Iris O’Farrell is the “Bloodstock Manager” for Mr Yaseen, and recounts the chance that led to her becoming the racehorse buyer for Mr Yaseen.
June Holiday – Carl-Daniel Steyn and Luke Michaelides enjoying nature at Nelspruit and Kaapschehoop, South Africa !!
In the June school holidays we decided to spend our off time in nature. We organized to spend time in Nelspruit and at Kaapschehoop, as well as taking a day trip into the Kruger National Park. We will write a short post on every day to keep you in the know about all the exciting adventures we had in nature.
Day 1 – Nelspruit
We set off from Pretoria to relatives in Nelspruit. It was a very uneventful and long drive with only the occasional bird or view to brighten it up. We finally arrived with numb bums and were glad to stretch our legs. After settling in, we took a drive to a lookout point at the edge of the farm. This gave us an opportunity to get a look at the Lowveld and we also managed to spot a Jackal Buzzard. We decided to walk back…
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Photo by Jessie Cohen, Smithsonian National Zoological Park photographer
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Some of the horse movies that I have watched are listed below.
My favourite animated movie with horses in it is “Spirit, Stallion of the Cimarron”.
The Man from Snowy River was filmed in 1982 in the mountains of Victoria, Australia. It was partly based upon the poem by A.B. (Banjo) Patterson, which you can read by clicking on the link below the movie poster below.
Click here to read the poem “The Man from Snowy River”
To hear the theme music to “The Man from Snowy River” on this site, watch the
Olympics video here
The term “horsepower” has its origins in the days when horses were integral to the successful activities of human beings.
Horsepower is defined as work done over time. The exact definition of one horsepower is 33,000 lb.ft./minute. Put another way, if you were to lift 33,000 pounds ( or 14,968 kilogram) one foot over a period of one minute, you would have been working at the rate of one horsepower. In this case, you’d have expended one horsepower-minute of energy.
Compared to one horsepower, my physical effort is very feeble. I can pick up a box weighing 15 kg from the ground and raise it two feet off the ground in a second or two. Multipy that out to cover 60 seconds, and it means perhaps something like 900 kg one foot or more over one minute. In other words, if I am interpreting things correctly, my work capacity is 6 percent ( 900 divided by 14,968 ) of what one horse can do, in the example pictured below.
Australian Stock Horses featured in the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics in the year 2000, at Sydney. A clip of these wonderful horses follows. Click on the “square” at the bottom right of the video to view it in Full Screen.
Who likes the movie and the book, “Lord of the Rings”? Apparently, no animals were harmed in the making of the awesome trilogy which was filmed in beautiful New Zealand. There are lots of horses in the movie and here are the findings of some research that I have done on the horse or equine actors.
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers
The Return of the King
Arod – played by Percy
Arod was ridden by Legolas in the movie, and played by a Percheron cross stallion, called Percy. Orlando Bloom, whom played Legolas (and is my favourite character in the movie) said that Percy was the friendlest horse on the set.
Asfaloth – played by Florian
WARWICK SMITH/Manawatu Standard – Jane puting Florian through a skipping routine at Foxton racecourse, in February 2008
Ridden by Arwen, although in the book, this horse was ridden by Glorfindel, a male elf. In the famous scene in the movie, The Fellowship of the Ring, where the Ringwraiths chase her, the horse is ridden by Arwen’s stunt double, Jane Abbott. The horse that played Asfaloth is a magnificent Andalusian stallion called Florian. Viggo Mortensen, whom played Aragorn, fell in love with some of the horses on the set, and because Jane had such a bond with Florian and expressed a wish to keep him, Viggo actually bought the stallion outright and gifted him to Jane without any monetary recompense! See THIS LINK here more information.
Bill the Pony – played by two horses (and my favourite horse character in the movie)
Bill the Pony, the hobbit horse, was played by two horses -Shane, a Quarter Horse, and Rastus, a Shetland Pony.
See this link here for information about the fate of Bill in the movie (warning: if you haven’t watched the movies yet, you might not want to know)
Brego – played by Uraeus
Brego was called Roheryn in the book, and is the steed of Aragorn. It is Brego who lies down, to allow Aragorn to clamber onto his back, in the famous scene where Aragorn is wounded. Brego is played by a Dutch warmblood stallion called Uraeus, and Viggo Mortensen, whom played Aragorn, loved Uraeus so much, he bought him after the movie!
See this link for more information. UPDATE: The March 2003 HorseWyse magazine says that a stunt horse, Brownie, did the scene where Aragorn clambers onto the horse’s back!!