- Billionaire Roman Abramovich has purchased Pringle, one of the best showjumping ponies in the UK, for his daughter Irina. (Daily Telegraph)
- Mustang round-ups in the US are halted after video evidence of abuse of the horses is presented (Salt Lake Tribune)
- The owner of a pit bull that chased a police horse for a mile-and-a-half through a San Francisco park is fighting a court order to either euthanise the dog or hand it over to a sanctuary. He claims that the police horse should have been trained to deal with dogs, and that he has no idea how the wounds it suffered were inflicted. According to a comment: “The horse was bitten 13 times in a 1.5 mile long attack. The officer was bitten as well, then thrown and knocked out (very lucky he wasn’t hurt worse) when the horse was bitten in the belly. The horse ran to the stable but the doors were shut, and the dog attacked it a second time, in the chest, belly, hindquarters and legs. The dog was originally 200’ away, the owner was present at the start of the attack.” (ABA Journal)
- Dan Stevens and Dominic Cooper star in a forthcoming film about the life of equestrian artist Alfred Munnings. I wonder if they’ll film in Costessey? (Telegraph, via Fran Jurga)
- Anti-horse meat advertising campaigns photographed in France. (Market Design)
Tom Barley has some pages on Alfred Munnings and Costessey, where you can see some of the artist’s paintings from the neighbourhood, featuring Shrimp, the grey pony and the romany wagon.
This post relates to a chapter of the book If Wishes Were Horses: A Memoir of an Equine Obsession. If you have any questions to ask about the content, please fire away in the comments. The main online index for the book is here.