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Dressage Ain’t Just for Millionaires – The quiet sport of dressage made noisy political headlines when a horse co-owned by the wife of the Republican candidate for President made the USA Olympic equestrian team. Yet, regular folks do dressage, too. Check out the videos.

Zenyatta: The view from Heartbreak Hill – When a horse isn’t just a horse, when it carries a nation’s hopes and dreams.

The horse-head fiddle: the Morin Khuur – From a sultry southern vampire TV series to the steppes of Mongolia, we explore the music and legends behind the Morin Khuur.

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Moon Landing: Apollo’s Chariot – Finding horses where we least expect them – on the moon. With a little salute to one of America’s most famous space buffs.

What About Summer Riding Camp? – It may not be as expensive as you might think. And may even be the right choice for your child.

Dosage in Plain English – When Belmont Stakes time rolls around and you want to pick a horse, you’re going to want to pay attention to that horse’s dosage index – and I don’t mean lasix. Or anything chemical.

The Newbie’s Guide to Vaulting – You’ve heard of it, but aren’t sure what it means when it’s done on horseback.

The Newbie’s Guide to Watching Dressage – So what’s the big deal? They just ride around. It’s like watching paint dry, right?

Cracking the Equestrian Statue Code – Take an “Angels & Demons” tour of equestrian sculptures. What do they mean?


An Imagined Evening with Zenyatta and The Girls – Channeling “Sex and the City”- style dialogue that’s family-friendly, four single ladies who happen to be Zenyatta and her maiden mare paddock-mates look for love and marriage in the Bluegrass. Except Zenyatta has some unfinished business …

Heidi and The Rolex Kentucky – What does the children’s classic have to do with the classic international equestrian event? Plenty, if you take it from an NBC programmer’s possible view.

Bird Under the Wire on Wing-It TV – When 50-1 shot Mine That Bird won the Kentucky Derby, no one was more surprised than the TV crew. Let’s be a fly on the wall inside the TV truck.

Pulp Fiction Happy Pony – A text mashup spoof of the “Happy Pony” commercial that includes lines from Quentin Tarantino’s movie “Pulp Fiction” and a plot twist.

Ponies in Holiday Commercials – What a difference a year makes. First, a pony is a “lame” gift, then a pony is “the bestests gift ever.” What’s up?

The Horse Movie Drinking Game – We love seeing horses in movies and on TV. Too bad they all show the same horsemanship mistakes. So, let’s have fun with it. So far, we’ve snarked on an episode of Dollhouse, too.

What Breed of Horse Am I? – Online quizzes go viral. But are they consistent?

Those Ubiquitous Movie Friesians – For a rare breed of horse, they sure show up everywhere, especially in movies set in Ancient World B.C. E. Which is funny because I thought Friesians were Dutch?


Genuine Risk: The Nature of Promises – In 2009, I made a promise that I broke in 2019. I reckon I swore it near the grave of the Kentucky Derby winning filly Genuine Risk.

“The Dark Side of the Power of We: Cyber-Bullying” – English riders rag on western, and everyone rags on walking horse enthusiasts, even the trail riders. What the heck is really going on here? Plus, a fun feature, channeling Jeff Foxworthy “You might be a bully.” Written for Blog Action Day 2012.

“‘War Horse” on Stage: Breathing Life into Wood and Fabric – The stage production of “War Horse” may have been based on a children’s book, but don’t expect lite fare.

LORD OF MISRULE – a review – A novel about a fictional obscure West Virginia racetrack and its denizens won the 2010 National Book Award for Fiction. Yay! But are you tough enough to read it?

Putting the Show in Horse Show – Despite the recession and surrounding controversies, the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration puts tens of thousands of butts in the seats. What are they doing besides tradition?

The Horse Boy, book in review – Was the Isaacson family crazy for taking their profoundly autistic 10-year-old son on a horseback journey through Mongolia? Or crazy like a fox?

Dear Mayor Menino, A Proposal – Weren’t there other steps that could have been taken before dismantling Boston’s historic Mounted Police Unit?

Mouse, the Injured Inaugural Parade Horse – An injury to a horse delayed the Presidential Inauguration parade and prompted an outcry against horses in parades. But a little perspective is in order.

The Super Bowl & the Budweiser Clydesdales – How have the Budweiser commercials changed in message structure over the years? That is, in addition to “Buy our beer.”

Funny Cide’s Dave Mahan – In the nexus of Yankeemania and Red Sox Nation, local media gives a connection to a non-team sport short shrift until he passes away.

Saddle Up, Mr. Bond – James Bond’s arrival at the famous Palio di Siena horse race made me wonder – when was the last time Mr. Bond saddled up?

Review of “Equus” on Broadway – Yes, the famous Daniel Radcliffe edition.