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Perfection has its flaws - The story of Polo
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This is the story of my horse, Polo. Yet it is not only about Polo, because you see her story is my story. In this day and age we often see things that have come to be known as 'fursonas', virtual creatures that Internet ...
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Baby Horse Diaries - Sass Levels Reach All Time High
7th Jul 2019   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
This is not fake news. Our sources have confirmed that Baby Niro displayed excessively high levels of sass recently when being ridden in the arena after a week off work. Witnesses report high levels of head tossing and neck flicking, followed by many grunts and the occasional buc ...
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Baby Horse Diaries - Starter Kit
16th Jun 2019   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
So you just bought yourself a baby horse? I bet you’re wondering what you’ll need to help you in this new chapter of your life! Well never fear, Baby Horse Diaries is here to answer all of your questions. To create your own Baby Horse Starter Kit, here’s what you’ll need ...
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Baby Horse Diaries - Playtime (AKA the Hunger Games)
9th Jun 2019   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
Baby horses, like most babies, are curious, energetic and playful beings that constantly seek out new means of entertainment. In fact, one of the most fun things about having a baby horse is all the wonderful new games that you get to learn how to play – and the skills you get to ...
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Baby Horse Diaries - Energy Levels
3rd Jun 2019   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
Here is my top 10 SECRET list of master plans for dealing with excess energy in horses. ...
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Baby Horse Diaries - Baby Horses Are Stupid
26th May 2019   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
Baby horses are really neat. When you get them they are stupid. You know they’re stupid, any rational human being can expect them to be stupid, and they don’t know they’re stupid because they don’t know anything. Because they’re stupid. ...
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Baby Horse Diaries - Meet The Babies
19th May 2019   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
Today I would like to introduce the stars of our series, VanRee De Niro (Baby Niro), and Little Miss Sunshine (Baby Sunny). ...
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Baby Horse Diaries Introduction
12th May 2019   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
Some of you might remember that about 8 years ago I created a series on Ponybox documenting my progress in retraining a young Thoroughbred racehorse, Moonfire, for his eventing career. Those of you who continued to follow my (admittedly sporadic) work would know that, despite the ...
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Among The Stars - Part 8 of 8
24th Mar 2019   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
I wish I could say ‘time heals’, but it doesn’t. I still miss him every day. I still cry every time I look at his photos. Some days I’ll wake up and simply can’t face a world without him in it. I can’t leave my bed, because, what’s the point? But you don’t get to just lie in bed ...
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Among The Stars - Part 7 of 8
17th Mar 2019   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
I screamed. I started gasping ‘what’s happening’, and automatically untangled his legs from the rope boundary of the cooldown where he’d collapsed. People started rushing over while I just kept hysterically repeating ‘what’s happening? Oh my God what’s happening?’ They started br ...
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Among The Stars - Part 6 of 8
10th Mar 2019   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
We loved our perfect Moo. The thought of losing him - it never even crossed our minds. It was one of those things too terrible to think that it might ever happen to you. One of those ‘I can’t even imagine what it would be like’ things. He was my everything. My ticket to all my go ...
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Among The Stars - Part 5 of 8
3rd Mar 2019   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
After the setback with Moo’s suspensory ligament, I pretty much decided that 2017 was going to be a write-off. Because we have so few events, because I’d been so cautious in protecting both Moo’s confidence and my own, the idea of trying to actually achieve anything in only the s ...
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Among The Stars - Part 4 of 8
23rd Feb 2019   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
After Moo’s tie back, I was in my final year at university, and we hadn’t had lessons in a while. I played with him a lot while he was recovering. The place we were stabling at the time didn’t have a proper arena, so we would do our schooling on the beach, and sometimes take tack ...
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Among The Stars - Part 3 of 8
17th Feb 2019   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
At the beginning of 2013, following his injury at champs, I began to bring Moo back into work. Physically, he seemed fine, but suddenly his behaviour was worse than it had ever been. He was perfectly sound, but if I put on any pressure at all, he’d be up on his hind legs, and jus ...
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Among The Stars - Part 2 of 8
10th Feb 2019   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
Moo’s tantrums were getting worse. He was scheduled to compete in his first graded event, but before that we had a clinic scheduled with an Olympic level eventer. I said to my instructor just before that I was worried about taking him, in case he reared, and the clinic instructor ...
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Among The Stars - Part 1 of 8
2nd Feb 2019   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
As humans we love to look on the bright side, we love our silver linings and positive spins. We love to feel moved and inspired. Sorry, but I don’t have anything like that for you today. What I’m here to share with you isn’t graceful, or inspirational, or ‘nice’ on any level. I’m ...
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Good News in the Horse World
6th May 2018   |   Horse Stories   |   Winniefield Park
Is it all bad news? Sometimes it feels like it. But, it really isn’t. There’s lots of good news out there. And, some of it is horse news. ...
Horse Buns and Sweet Feed
20th Mar 2018   |   Horse Stories   |   Winniefield Park
So many news stories appear on feeds that just leave you shaking your head. Thieves, abusers and bad choices deserve large helpings of fresh horse buns. But, there are stories that help renew your faith that not everything is awful. Sweet feed to those good people that just go on ...
A Tribute To Polo
19th Nov 2017   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
So, to my Polo, goodbye, and thank you. You were more important to me than you could ever know. And to all you at Ponybox, Hello again, and thanks for waiting. With this long overdue tribute to a very special muse, Polo the Weirdo is back. ...
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Haunted Horses
11th Oct 2017   |   Horse Stories   |   Winniefield Park
What could be more appealing than a cute pony or an elegant horse? Perhaps you admire the size and strength of the Clydesdale, or the cow sense of the American Quarter Horse makes your heart go pitter-pat. Or, you see the beauty of a warmblood executing the perfect twenty-meter c ...
Talented Artistic Horses
17th May 2017   |   Horse Stories   |   Winniefield Park
An ex-racehorse named Metro has contributed to its own life-prolonging treatments by becoming a professional artist. After noticing the horse liked to nod its head, his owner decided to put the habit to use. He taught the horse to hold a paintbrush. He loads the brush with paint, ...
Horse TV
6th Mar 2017   |   Horse Stories   |   Winniefield Park
There’s still a bit of winter left, which means it’s too dark to ride after supper when the footing isn’t good. So you might want to curl up in front of the TV. And you might be able to soothe your need for a horse fix. Here’s what I’ve found lately. ...
Fake Horse News
18th Feb 2017   |   Horse Stories   |   Winniefield Park
Seems like we are inundated with fake news these days. The good advice seems to be to check your sources and make sure you aren’t reading satire, outright fake news, shoddy, biased reporting or rehashed urban legends. It’s not easy. Here’s a look at some of the fake news stories ...
Going to Work in the Dark - The Story of the Pit Pony
17th Apr 2016   |   Horse Stories   |   Valkyrie
When you think of pit ponies often images of 19th century coal mines springs to view – dark and damp, with sooty, stale air dull on the tongue. But pit ponies were still in service well into the 20th century. In fact – the last recorded colliery horse was removed from underground ...
My Butterfly Flew Away Too Soon
20th Mar 2016   |   Horse Stories   |   Memery Farms
In 2009 I was around thirteen years old when my trainer brought a rescue Morgan mare named Mariposa. She lived mostly isolated in a stall for seven years with minimal human contact. Mariposa was a below average size for a Morgan at about 14 hands and rightfully so, was terrified ...
Hang Gliders are from Outer Space
24th Jan 2015   |   Horse Stories   |   Winniefield Park
Hang Gliders are from Outer Space is just one tale of a skittish ex-racehorse from author Steve Ankers in the book 'It's a Dog's Life for the Other Half', tales from in and around a veterinary practice. ...
Remembering the Horses of World War I
4th Jan 2015   |   Horse Stories   |   Winniefield Park
The endless roar of the guns, the scream of the shells as they flew through the air, and the whistle of bullets and bursting shrapnel must have been terrifying for these peaceful animals. Thousands of horses were killed or wounded. Even when not in action the poor wretched animal ...
Horses and Dogs Needed for The Sunday Horse Movie
21st Jul 2014   |   Horse Stories   |   Winniefield Park
Good news for horse lovers. There’s another horse movie currently being filmed. In the spirit of such ‘underdog’ stories as Dreamer, Secretariat and Seabiscuit, The Sunday Horse is based on the true story of Debbie Connor, a young rider from the wrong side of the tracks who overc ...
The Impossible - The Story of Choc - Part 5
12th Mar 2014   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
There were just two options - A second surgery to remove the plate that had been put in just eight months earlier, or... Putting Choc down. All at once, I was thrown back into a nightmare from which I had barely awoken. Had we really come all this way for nothing? The answer, whe ...
The Impossible - The Story of Choc - Part 4
10th Mar 2014   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
The next few weeks of her recovery were full of ups and downs. The wound would begin to heal, and then infection would set in again, and once more I’d have to wait, scared to death, while they tested to see if it was in the joint. And so it went on, for months on end, with Choc w ...
The Impossible - The Story of Choc - Part 3
8th Mar 2014   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
To me, putting Choc down was never an option. For a horse so full of life, and so eager and ready to take on her next challenge and fight to keep living, it would just be wrong to take away that chance. This, of course, left two options. The stable rest would have been far, far c ...
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