Horses & History

"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

Unique, Bizarre and Memorable Olympic Equestrian Moments – Part II

With the spotlight on the 2012 London Olympic Games in recent weeks, a list of memorable, not so memorable and downright odd Olympic equestrian memories and moments were a must for this blog. I started out with dressage and show read more

Unique, Bizarre and Memorable Olympic Equestrian Moments – Part I

With the London Olympics taking centre stage for the next few weeks, a list of memorable, not so memorable and downright odd Olympic equestrian memories and moments were a must for this blog. I have started out with dressage and read more

Sidesaddle History: Elegance with a Fascinating Past: Part II

With the approach of the 20th century, 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 read more

Sidesaddle History: Elegance with a Fascinating Past.

When I researched the history of sidesaddles I believed I’d be writing 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 read more

The Mystery of Phar Lap’s Death – Part II

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 read more

The Mystery Behind Phar Lap’s Death – Part I

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 read more

Blacksmiths and Horseshoeing…a Trade as Old as Christendom

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. read more

Shergar: The Mystery behind Ireland’s ‘Pegasus’: Part II

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 read more

Shergar: The Mystery behind Ireland’s ‘Pegasus’ Part I

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 read more

Jimmy the Donkey: Small Survivor of The Somme

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 read more

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