Back Tracking: Nor’easter reveals historic hoof prints

Ancient hoof prints on Massachusetts beach

Here in New England we’ve been battered by three severe storms in two weeks. The result has been lots of damage, but also something quite magical. At low tide at Nauset beach, the storm exposed a Peat bed, previously covered by sand deposits, and revealed horse and carriage tracks from the late 1800s or early […]

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Chalking the White Horse

The Uffington White Horse is the oldest of the English hill figures. For more than 3,000 years, it has run across the flank of a hill — a enormous pictogram the size of a football field and visible from 20 miles away. Of course, when this primitive drawing was first cut into the hill, the […]

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You can Lead a Horse to Water

The tradition of shrimp fishing dates back to the 13th century, but it is an art that almost died out. Not long ago, only three mounted shrimp fisherman remained. That number has grown to 19 as people in the Belgian village of Oostduinkerke work to sustain their cultural heritage. “The strong Brabant horses walk breast-deep […]

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Honoring Sgt Reckless

On Veteran’s Day it was nice to see some celebration of our non-human veterans, who fought beside our family and friends. Perhaps best known is Staff Sergeant Reckless (c. 1948 – May 13, 1968), a decorated war horse who held official rank in the United States military was a Mongolian-bred mare who was purchased in […]

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A leap of faith

Tom Mix, born in Mix Run, Penn., on Jan. 6, 1880, was Hollywood’s first Western megastar and is credited with defining the genre for cowboy actors. He  appeared in more than 300 films (counting “shorts”) from 1909 to 1935 and was known for performing his own daredevil stunts. His most famous horse was Tony the […]

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Should the Diving Horses be brought back to the Jersey Shore?

UPDATE: On February 14th the owners of the Steel Pier announced they had scrapped their plans to bring back the diving horses. One of the main attractions of Atlantic City’s Steel Pier was the diving horses. From the 1920s until the 1978 (yes, 50+ years!) horses ridden by women in swim suits dove from a […]

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War Horse Fact & Fiction Website is a treasure trove of information

Unfortunately, I’m not planning a trip to London to see this fabulous exhibition at the National Army Museum in person. But the website offers a lot of information that you can enjoy from the comfort of your living room. Here’s a short video clip from 1915 that’s part of the exhibit. It shows Indian cavalry […]

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