Thursday, 23 August 2018 10:17

Austrian man tries to board train with horse

VIENNA (AFP) - Photos of a man aboard a train went viral on Wednesday (Aug 22) due to his unusual travelling companion: a horse.

The man reportedly tried to board two trains in the state of Styer with his horse named Frieda. But train conductors refused to continue the journey with Frieda aboard.

Photos of the young man holding Frieda surrounded by laughing passengers were shared on Twitter and retweeted by state rail company OeBB... READ MORE
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Wednesday, 16 May 2018 09:58

Do we treat horses like cars, or worse?

You’ve probably read the recent news story about the 13 year old granddaughter who answered an online free ad from a woman saying that unless someone offered a home to her pony it would have to be put to sleep. Of course, what pony loving girl could resist. However her Nan wasn’t quite as happy to find a forlorn colt dumped in her back yard!

As a ponyless girl I would definitely have answered that advert. Not only would I have  saved a pony’s life but also fulfilled my young dream and got it delivered direct to my door for FREE!  But, as my Mum used to say, it’s not getting a horse that’s a problem, it’s finding the money to keep one.

Let’s face it, owning a horse is an expensive business and that’s why their fate is usually determined by money. When, they’re a dream in a new owner’s eye, the promise of a perfect partner and a future of possibilities, then, money is spent. But, when they become unrideable, due to behavioural or physical problems, aren’t up to fulfilling their owner’s ambitions or have just become too old, they often turn into a monetary burden.

The woman who put her pony in an online ad and then dumped him at a house without any apparent care for his welfare has been quite rightly criticised.  But, whilst everyone is raging about her behaviour maybe we should scrutinise our own.

Unfortunately horses often get treated like cars. When they’re troublesome they’re sold to someone else because there’s no room for a ‘vehicle’ that’s not useful. And when selling both cars and horses, honesty very often falls by the wayside. So, do those people who ‘shift’ their problem horse onto someone else, usually with the help of some creative ad writing, really care about their horse’s welfare? They’d like to think so, because what’s the alternative? They can’t afford to keep a horse that they can’t ride.....hopefully it will go to a good home....anyway it’s better than having it put down isn’t it?

What about the person with an elderly horse who just gives it away, and will deliver it too. They feel good about themselves because they’re sending it to a good home.....well, actually they don't’ know the people but they sounded nice and it sounds like a good home.

Of course, most people really do want to do well by their horse and argue that it would be better off with someone else. But, this horse could end up being shifted from pillar to post and be cruelly treated along the way.  This can be blinkered kindness.

And what about the elderly horse? Maybe it’s just better to have him or her put to sleep. What a terrible thing to suggest some of you are probably thinking, but surely if we love our horses we should have the courage to end their lives rather than leave them to a fate that we can’t control. Or is it easier to leave that difficult decision to someone else and kid ourselves that we’re being kind?

So, before we start ranting about what this woman has done, maybe we should ask some awkward questions closer to our own stable yard.


 

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Monday, 29 January 2018 10:58

Horse Power of Love

The incredible moment a horse revived its stricken stablemate that was about to be put down, was caught on camera. 

The shire horse named Beatrice was found collapsed in her stable after suffering equine colic or severe abdominal pain. 

Due to her sheer weight and size, she was succumbing to fatal organ failure as owners Donald MacIntyre and wife Jane Lipington along with 4 farm workers had desparately tried to stand the one tonne mare with no success.

Her heart rate and blood pressure rose to near fatal levels. Putting Beatrice to sleep looked like the only option, and they set a time limit as to how long they would go on trying to get her to stand.

With just 20 mins to go, Ms Lipington went to let Beatrice's companion, Beau out of his stable.

‘He spent the whole day in the stall next door, watching Beatrice. He was just quietly watching, he didn’t eat anything. Just watched.

Beau made a bee line for his stable mate and managing to reach her over the stall partition wall, he began to nip and bite her neck and to lift her head by her halter. Beatrice had turned over and started to make efforts to get up.

'In six hours we couldn't get Beatrice up and we decided to let the stallion Beau have a try. He came in and started biting at her neck and he got her up in just 10 minutes.

 'They have a pretty long term relationship with each other. They've been together 10 years. They’re just always together and they don’t really mix with the other horses.

‘They bicker a lot. Beau is a big, muscular and strong stallion but he gets pushed around by Beatrice. She always gets the food first.

‘She’s the best mare we have. They’ve had four foals together.

Beatrice (left) and Beau pictured with Mr. MacIntyre

She has since made a full recovery.


 
 
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One of Bondi's most recognisable residents is waging a campaign to rid the beach of mounted police who he says treat the national icon as a 'horse toilet'. 

Speedo-wearing Dimitri Moskovich, who works out every day at Sydney's most famous beach, is so upset about horse droppings on his beloved Bondi he confronted Prime Minister Malclom Turnbull last week. 

'Stop police horses coming here,' Mr Moskovich told Mr Turnbull. 'We don't need horses here. It's an abuse to our beach.'

  • Police horses are used to regularly patrol major Sydney beaches including Bondi

  • The horses defecate on the sand and promenade, annoying some local residents

  • Dimitri Moskovich has taken his complaints to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

  • Mr Moskovich says the animals are turning a national icon into a 'horse toilet'   ... READ MORE

 

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