Horses

All Systems Go! It's Longines FEI World Cup Finals Time!

Michael Whitaker | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK Sport
Michael Whitaker

I've been competing since 1976 and have been lucky enough to travel the world with my sport, but there's always a real buzz around the World Cup Finals. It really is the best of the best with riders from all over the world flying in to go head to head in front of a passionate crowd. There are 40 riders from 20 countries taking part so it's tough.

Horse Yoga, Anyone?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Comedy

Yoga fans! Had enough of Downward-Facing Dog? Why not try Downward-Facing Horse? Yes, it's the new craze from Argentina. The Doma India School in S...

Grand National Disgrace

Ingrid Newkirk | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Sport
Ingrid Newkirk

The Grand National is - by design, no less - an accident waiting to happen. Forty horses compete for space on the 4.5mile course fraught with obstacles, jumps and dangerous terrain. Last year, only 17 horses - fewer than half - managed to reach the finishing post. And while the race organisers were quick to highlight an unusual absence of fatalities, they failed to mention that two horses were killed in the run-up to the event earlier that week. More than three dozen horses who might otherwise have been grazing and running in the fields have been killed at Aintree in the last 50 years.

20 Reasons Why We Love Our Pets

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Comedy

It's National Pet Month! And being a lover of all things animal-related at HuffPost UK Comedy, we thought it only right that we were part of the celeb...

Cantering in the Dark With Stars Out

Stella Vine | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Stella Vine

When I have finished a painting, I find it hard to summon up the confidence to start on another, I can fall into a bit of a pit, so if there are already roughed in works, it's like I'm not really stopping. I'll probably do a different kind of work soon, I'll probably be in a different place. Though these works, feel like my main work, I keep coming back to them.

14 Favourite Fictional Horses To Celebrate The Year Of The Horse

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Comedy

It's Chinese New Year on 31 January - and 2014 is the Year Of The Horse. So to celebrate, here are 14 favourite fictional, four-hooved friends along w...

Woman In Court After Dog Bites Horse

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A woman is to appear in court after her dog attacked a police horse, Scotland Yard said. Police horse Quixote sustained "puncture wounds" after bei...

Why Eating Horsemeat Won't Lead to Improved Horse Welfare

Mark Jones | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Jones

If Princess Anne wanted to ignite a debate on the desirability of eating horsemeat, she has succeeded. It is a shame that the media discussion following her comments is largely based on unsubstantiated premises and not on fact.

A Response to Princess Anne - You Can't Help Horses by Eating Them

Mimi Bekhechi | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Mimi Bekhechi

The Princess Royal's argument, which she put forward in a speech to the charity World Horse Welfare, is that people would look after their horses more carefully if they were planning to turn them into steaks and burgers later on. However, in our experience, any animal used for food is much more likely to be treated with disrespect than with respect. Given the regular exposés of mistreated pigs and chickens raised for food, it's absurd to think people would take better care of horses if there were a market for their meat.

Cats and Dogs at the Click of the Mouse - the Public Has a Role to Play in Regulating Online Pet Sales

Rachel Cunningham | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Cunningham

If you spend a few minutes browsing the pets for sale section of any classified website, the chances are it won't be too long until you come across inappropriate or even shocking pet advertisements.

Tribal Festivals

Joanna Eede | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK
Joanna Eede

As global monoculture erodes cultural diversity, the diversity of tribal festivals and rituals is a reminder that humans have different insights, different priorities, and choose other - successful - ways of living. For many tribes, life is lived through ritual.

Book Review - The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls

Lucy Popescu | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Lucy Popescu

Horses are increasingly being used to help young offenders, troubled adults and difficult children. In Anton DiSclafani's debut novel, The Yonahlosse...

Horse Drowns After Woman Takes It Swimming

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.07.2013 | UK

A horse has drowned after panicking when its owner took it swimming in the sea, coastguards said. The horse and rider entered water off the beach o...

Dirty Pony Protest Hits McDonalds

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK

It was one of the only fast-food corporations to avoid the taint of the horsemeat scandal, but now McDonalds is caught up in a very different, and eve...

Is This The Best Photobomb Ever?

Elliot Wagland | Posted 19.07.2013 | UK Comedy

We've all seen our fair share of photobombs but this cheeky horse has just raised the bar. The grinning equine clearly wanted to be the centre of a...

Warning: This Tiny Disabled Horse Will Melt Your Heart

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK Comedy

And your 'Awww!' video of the day is... this one. Yes, if your heart was melted by disabled piglet Chris P Bacon, then prepare to have it go all sq...

Danny Alexander: 'The Army Has More Horses Than Tanks So Can Make Cuts'

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 14.06.2013 | UK Politics

Danny Alexander has hit back at defence secretary Philip Hammond and the Ministry of Defence for resisting cuts to its budget. "In a department whe...

Horsey Fashion (For People, Not Those Onesies for Horses)

Sarah McGiven | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Style
Sarah McGiven

Everyone seems to be off to the races at the moment. Horse racing is one Great British pastime I've never indulged in, although I do love horses and riding, and spent a large part of my early years hanging around stables, hacking, grooming and mucking out - happy days.

UK Jump Racing: Just an Unlucky 13?

Dr Mark Kennedy | Posted 26.07.2013 | UK Sport
Dr Mark Kennedy

The risk of horses dying in steeplechases, such as those at Aintree, is around six per 1,000 horse starts; in hurdle racing, the other form of jump racing in the United Kingdom, is around four per 1,000 horse starts.

Polo: It's Not Just for the Posh, and It's a Chukka to Play

Jody Thompson | Posted 24.07.2013 | UK Sport
Jody Thompson

Even though I was useless, the adrenalin rush (when Tallulah eventually did break into a canter) was incomparable. Seriously, imagine mastering a sport where it's not *just* your skill, but it's coupled with persuading a wayward quadruped into taking part too. And it's REALLY FAST. Magic.

Racehorse Trainer Mahmood Al-Zarooni Banned For EIGHT Years After Godolphin Steroids Scandal

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.04.2013 | UK

Racehorse trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni has been disqualified for eight years after 11 of his horses tested positive for anabolic steroids, the British H...

Healed By A Horse

A.J. Higginson | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
A.J. Higginson

After a particularly bad beating it was Dusty who finally helped to put me back together like a broken jigsaw. I have been greatly strengthened by my profoundly insightful equine teacher, walking beside me in my times of need.

WATCH: Horse Has Human Hands For Ears

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.04.2013 | UK Comedy

Sometimes, the simplest ideas are the most brilliant. Like, for example, putting a pair of gloves on a horse's ears and watching them wiggle around...

The Debate on the Grand National - Is It Cruel or Not?

Mike Baker | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK Sport
Mike Baker

An analogy that might be easier for us to relate to is to consider an individual driving their car every day of the year. If the risk to the driver was the same as that in a steeplechase like those at Aintree - six deaths in 1,000 - then you would be lucky to still be alive after six months. I doubt many of us would accept this, and yet it is still seemingly acceptable for horses to be exposed to such risks. We should also note that this risk is more than doubled in the Grand National Steeplechase.

Horseplay Is a Small Price to Pay for Art

John Worne | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
John Worne

An interesting social and artistic experiment has begun outside the British Council on The Mall in London. The artist Mark Wallinger has created a beautiful white horse -- a symbol of Olde Englande before it was even England (probably when it was Britannicus or just 'those pretty green isles' in Norse or French).