Christmas Quiz: Count the Health and Safety Violations!

Dear readers,

Merry Christmas to you all! Here’s my If Wishes Were Horses festive quiz: count the health and safety horrors committed by “Little Miss Fearless” in this short Pathé video from 1933 1923*.

I’ve spent most of 2015 slogging away to finish book two, The Age of the Horse, which will be out at the end of August. More exciting news to follow on this severely neglected blog.

All best wishes

Susanna

*Thanks to YouTube commenter Antarch for pointing this out.

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  • Beauty in the eye of the beholders: an artist creates a horse that grows more real as more people watch it (Wired)
  • Zoos specialise in rare animals. But unicorns? Really? (Cheezburger)
  • The Queen and the Duchess of Cornwall visited Ebony Horse Club in Brixton, South London (Sky News)
  • For Halloween, a pair of truly twisted bakers present the Devil Horse Cake (Awesomer)
  • A horse owner in Bavaria was startled to find a drunken man asleep on her horse one morning. The horse looks like it could care less – proof positive that horses have long since accepted that humans are very very odd indeed (The Local)
  • (Your Halloween photo shows one of the guardians of the Taoist underworld, photographed at Dongyue Temple, Beijing. Apologies for the layout today – me and the iPad WordPress app. do not see eye to eye)

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    • The US Equestrian Federation has finally – yes, FINALLY – banned the chains, weighted shoes, pads, collars and rollers used to produce the monstruous “big lick gait. Good news for the beleagered Tennessee Walking Horse. (The Horse)
    • This week was, mercifully, a week in which images of Shetland ponies wearing woolly jumpers flooded the internet. This is my favourite account of the story, thanks to the clash  between the chirpy CNN reporter and the indignant Scotswomen she interviews. Don’t tell a Scotswoman that her jumper makes a pony look fat. Just don’t do it. (CNN)
    • The UK Food Standards Agency has issued an update about findings of bute in horse meat. (FSA)
    • Brony fan art. Including porny My Little Pony graphic novels. I remember that there was joke slash fic on the subject years ago, but now it seems to have crossed a line. More fascinating developments in our everchanging weirdness about horses. (Cracked)
    • A horse in Norwich City scarf turned up at Carrow Road to watch a game, sadly on the wrong day. (SB Nation)
    • The Pony Racing Authority has a new fearless leader: ex-Cheltenham racecourse MD, Edward Gillespie. Chief exec Clarissa Daly commented: “The PRA is committed to increase the numbers from non-racing and non-horsey backgrounds and to make racing more accessible to children and young people from all walks of life.  With Edward as our new Chairman we are better placed than ever to achieve this.” (Horse Talk)
    • HSUS is forming a Responsible Horse Breeders’ Council in the USA. Hopefully they will be able to reach irresponsible horse breeders too. (The Horse)
    • Here’s my Telegraph piece on the history of hippophagy, taboo, rite and rational consumption. (Telegraph)

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    • Questions are raised over the treatment of horses on film and TV show sets. Are trainers’ welfare concerns being overruled? (LA Times)
    • A “horse palace” in Montreal seeks donors for a makeover. (Montreal Gazette)
    • A woman “gives birth to a pony” during a church service in Nigeria. (PM News)
    • Lady Gaga arrived at the launch of her new signature fragrance in a horse-drawn carriage shaped like the perfume flask. (Ace ShowBiz)
    • Don’t touch the horse! An arrest for drunkenness and touching a police horse. (Tampa Bay Times) Elsewhere, in Philly, a police horse is punched. (Policeone.com)
    • Claims of assault fly in the fight to save wild horses in Reno. (Examiner.com)
    • A smalltown official who defrauded millions sees her illgotten gains – pedigree quarter horses – sold for over a million dollars at internet auction. (Chicago Tribune)
    • A little girl’s dream comes true when she comes home from school to find her very own pony waiting for her. (This is Gloucestershire)
    • The first Exmoor Pony Festival works like a charm (This is the West Country)
    • Muslims in Gaza have to break Islamic “best practice” and eat horsemeat. (NYT)
    • The number of horse rescues in the US has nearly doubled in five years. Major welfare groups suggest accreditation for newcomers (Ventura County Star)

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    Spotted by Helen Maguire at the UCCA contemporary art gallery in Beijing