Throwaway Ponies

More abandoned horses: after dead and dying ponies were found dumped on Bodmin Moor, police in the New Forest suspect the same thing is happening in Hampshire: An animal abandoned near Lyndhurst had to be shot because it was in a weak condition. It was found just two days after a dead pony had been […]

Post-Christmas Trivia

On the 30th at 2pm, BBC Radio 7 broadcasts “Cinderella’s Ponies”, a documentary about 100 Shetland ponies who live in a field off the M4 and perform in pantos around the country every Christmas. Jilly Cooper in the Guardian on Sefton, the Blues and Royals’ horse gravely injured in the 1982 IRA bombing at Hyde […]

Pony Say No

A pony express rollercoaster at the Knott’s Berry Farm amusement park in California is under state investigation after an accident last Thursday in which ten people were injured. Riders sit astride saddles and lean forward over the necks of model ponies as they charge around a modest course of rises and falls. As one troop […]

Upstairs, Downstairs

“I once caught an abigail in an English house pirouetting before the cheval-glass, dressed in my riding-breeches, and grinning delightedly with a hand on either side of her waist. By way of punishment, I made her divest herself of the trifles in my presence, and by doing so found that she had augmented the evil […]

Horses and the Credit Crunch

The horse world’s reaction to the recession has not been monolithic. On the one hand, much of the industry has held firm as people go on spending money on their horses. On the other, the number of horses abandoned or turned over to welfare organisations has increased, and people are, for once, facing up to […]