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Small Horses in Warfare, by Sir Walter Gilbey. "The present seems an appropriate time to put forward a few facts which go to prove the peculiar suitability of small horses for certain campaigning work which demands staying power, hardiness and independence of high feeding. The circumstance that the military authorities have been obliged to look to foreign countries for supplies of such horses for the war in South Africa has suggested the propriety of pointing out that we possess in England foundation stock from which we may be able to raise a breed of small horses equal to, or better than, any we are now obliged to procure abroad. May 1900."
Reflections on Equine Totemism – Before he became widely known as one of America’s leading anthropologists, Princeton Professor John Borneman was an equestrian scholar and avid dressage rider who studied at the German Equestrian Olympic School. Thanks to his unique combination of hands-on equine knowledge, and academic insight, Borneman created a landmark study in order to complete his Ph.D. at Harvard University. The result was an investigation into how breeds are culturally constructed and are structured on the model of ethnicity in the US. Considered a milestone in equestrian scholarship, Professor Borneman’s updated study presents the North American and European horse world in an exciting and startling new manner.
It is a horse story that has charmed generations, how hardy horses brought to North America by Spanish conquistadors went on to become the forebears of a plethora of equines commonly known today via a bewildering number of names including Spanish Mustangs, Colonial Spanish Horses, Spanish Barbs etc. Yet what has not been previously included in this debate is the “lost” study which concludes that the vast majority of all Spanish horses died soon after arriving. Did first Spanish Horses landed in Florida and Carolina leave progeny? was written in 1940 by Thornton Chard, a celebrated equestrian scholar, who undertook this careful research for the American Anthropological Association.
Noted wild horse expert Thornton Chard translated the scientific study of The Criollo Horse of South America, by Dr. Emilio Solanet.
Siberia’s Yakut Horses – Though the world is full of strange and exotic horses, few can equal the amazing abilities of Siberia’s extraordinary Yakut horses, who routinely endure winters with temperatures which dip down to minus sixty. Thanks to a study written by Pearl Duval, and appearing courtesy of the Association Quebec a Cheval, these astonishing equine survivors are examined in depth.
Though he was a wealthy, sophisticated author and philanthropist, Edward Tinker was also a passionate horseman. In 1954 he delivered a moving speech before an international academic audience wherein he explained that despite the difference in their country of origin, he believed Horsemen are Brothers.
It was 1947 the nation of China was busy looking at what appeared to be a rosy future. Japan had been defeated and America was a grateful ally. That’s why a delegation of high-ranking Chinese military officers came to the United States. They were determined to purchase the finest horses money could buy for a new Chinese remount program. Many of America’s finest Morgan stallions were picked, then shipped to the Orient. That’s when history took a nasty turn. The Communists conquered China and all trace of the magnificent Morgans disappeared. Though a rumour arose that an American POW had seen a Chinese Communist officer riding one of the missing Morgans during the Korean conflict, all evidence of the horses was lost – until The Mystery of the China Morgans was solved by LRG-AF researcher Judi Daly.
In its on-going efforts to investigate the astonishing horses who inhabit Siberia, the Long Riders’ Guild Academic Foundation is working with academics, equestrians and webmasters located in Yakutia, the legendary northern Siberian state, to study the amazingly tough Siberian Yakut horses.
"Horse-breeding is extraordinarily well developed in Turkistán. To the natives, horses not only serve as beasts of burden but also afford them food and yield milk, out of which they prepare, amongst other things, the widely diffused and favourite beverage called koumiss (fermented milk of the mare). The hide too of the same animal provides them with leather. Hence the natives of Turkistán generally, and especially the nomad portion of its inhabitants, breed horses in vast numbers." Read The Horses of Central Asia, a Russian Military Study by Lev Feofilovich Fostenko translated by Walter Gowan of British Military Intelligence in Simla, India, in 1883.
Presenting the Thai, the little horse of Thailand - an article in Proequo, the Organization for the Protection of Horses. The Thai is a native breed with ancient origins, currently used as a pack-horse, draught-horse and for riding.
Much is written concerning the origin of the thoroughbred horse and most of it is conjecture. Jeremy James sets the record straight by revealing how the legendary war horses of the Ottoman Empire have been misunderstood, and overlooked, by a horse world obsessed instead with a equestrian thoroughbred mythology addicted to an exclusive Arabian equine origin.
The mountainous Kingdom of Albania is home to some of the rarest horses in the world, and although these rugged mountain ponies survived the perils of the Nazis and the xenophobia of the Communists, help is desperately needed to help improve this breed.