"If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday. - Pearl Buck
As a former Pony Clubber, hunting, eventing, show jumping enthusiast and freelance writer, I am delighted to be back in the saddle again writing this Horses & History blog about two of my favourite topics.
I plan to take a trot back in time and find interesting facts and stories about our favourite four-legged friends and their riders, shows, places and events and look at how they made and changed the course of history.
Enjoy! - Cindy Crank
With the approach of the 20th, change was in the air. The liberated lady riders from the Western USA were turning their noses up at their Eastern New York sisters who still rode sidesaddle in Central Park saying: “Not one
When I researched the history of sidesaddles I believed I’d be blogging about the mechanical changes to women’s “saddles” or so called saddles…a tweak here, a foot board there, an extra horn tacked someplace else…simple stuff! Well, my eyes were
Phar Lap’s sudden death in 1932 after a successful racing career baffled his owners, stunned the world and saddened racing fans. It wasn’t until 1980 that the infection was formally identified and in 2000 equine specialists concluded that he died
Big Red is a familiar name to horseracing fans. Man o’ War and Secretariat were both given this moniker thanks to their performance, power and presence. What few people realize is that a third racehorse, New Zealand born Phar Lap
Imagine the surprise when a horseshoe was discovered in the burial chamber of Chilperic I, the Monrovian King who ruled from 561 to 584. Could discoverers conclude that nailed horseshoes were used as far back as then? Questionable they concluded.
In Part I of this blog, we went back almost 30 years to February 8th, 1983, when Shergar, Ireland’s famous and successful racehorse turned stud, was kidnapped from his stables in County Leitrim, Ireland during “The Troubles” – that period
Shergar the racehorse may not be a household name in North America, but in Ireland he is remembered as a nation’s favourite racing “son.” Sadly, along with those memories are recollections of “The Troubles,” the killing and strife that existed
While my blog’s name, Horses & History, suggests boundaries for my material, horses and donkeys, while not the same species, are part of the same family Equidae and the genus Equus. Close enough is good enough so when a Facebook
If a tall sexy Clint Eastwood, or a swaggering John Wayne come to mind when we think of a cowboy, in truth they were the Hollywood made for movie versions and they bear little resemblance to the real thing. Many
The public postal service in England first got the go ahead in 1635 when post-boys carried the mail between “posts” to a local postmaster who took out the letters for his region and sent the boy onto to the next