Strange Horse Related Story… Really.

Talk about having a riding lesson disrupted.

It’s raining chicken!

By Carol Vaughn, The (Salisbury, Md.) Daily Times

10:27AM EST October 10. 2012 – ASSAWOMAN, Va. — A teen’s horseback riding lesson ended abruptly after a foot-long hunk of raw chicken that fell out of a cloudless sky hit her in the head.

Fortunately, what hit Cassie Bernard last week was the smallest of three or more poultry parts that rained down as owner Jennifer Cording was giving a lesson to a group of advanced students while several parents looked on.

“Three objects fell out of the sky in front of us, two larger and one quite small,” Cording said.

Bernard, who was not injured, was wearing a riding helmet when the chicken hit her. Protecting a rider from unidentified flying chicken parts is not the helmet’s normal function, but it did the trick.

Officials from a nearby Tyson Foods Inc. processing plant denied that the flying chicken parts originated there. No matter what brand of chicken fell, a scientist later said high-flying seagulls probably were involved.

A Virginia Department of Environmental Quality official said the agency will investigate.

Land Protection Manager Milton Johnston of the department’s Tidewater office said the parts more likely came from improperly composted dead chickens being spread on a nearby farm. Staffers at the regional office with more than a quarter century’s tenure said they have not encountered a similar complaint.

“We can’t have pieces of chicken falling out of the sky,” Johnston said.

Read more: It’s Raining Chicken Parts!

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The Mounted Band of His Majesty’s Life Guard Dragoons

Here’s an equestrian activity you don’t see much in the United States!

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War horse (The Movie) – Cavalry charge

One of the best scenes from one of my favorite movies.

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Charge of The Light Brigade

Oh, I’ve been so busy of late. So, I thought this would be fun to post as filler (I had to memorize this in High School in English Class):

The Charge Of The Light Brigade

by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Memorializing Events in the Battle of Balaclava, October 25, 1854
Written 1854

Half a league half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred:
‘Forward, the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns’ he said:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

‘Forward, the Light Brigade!’
Was there a man dismay’d ?
Not tho’ the soldier knew
Some one had blunder’d:
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do & die,
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley’d & thunder’d;
Storm’d at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
Rode the six hundred.

Flash’d all their sabres bare,
Flash’d as they turn’d in air
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army while
All the world wonder’d:
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right thro’ the line they broke;
Cossack & Russian
Reel’d from the sabre-stroke,
Shatter’d & sunder’d.
Then they rode back, but not
Not the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volley’d and thunder’d;
Storm’d at with shot and shell,
While horse & hero fell,
They that had fought so well
Came thro’ the jaws of Death,
Back from the mouth of Hell,
All that was left of them,
Left of six hundred.

When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wonder’d.
Honour the charge they made!
Honour the Light Brigade,
Noble six hundred!

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More Great British Cavalry Tradition

Trooping the Colour, 2011. What a great tradition!

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The Cossack Tradition – The best things in life

“For me, that is the best experience in life – A horse, a sabre and the wind blowing in one’s face.”]

I think that about says it all!

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“Wild Horse, Wild Ride” Movie Trailer

This is bound to be a good film!

Wild Horse, Wild Ride Theatrical Trailer from Alex Klenert on Vimeo.

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Riding “One Handed” – How to ride with the reins in one hand

“Holding the snaffle reins.”


“One of the skills often ignored by modern riders in the forward system of riding is riding using only one hand on the reins. The original practical application of this particular technique is obviously military in origin with the goal of allowing a soldier to have one hand free to wield a weapon. The relevance of this technique to modern riders is the development of balance and control for the rider and lightness and self-carriage for the horse.

Nolan’s technique is not to be confused with ‘neck reining’, per se, but can be used as a step to teaching a horse ‘neck reining’. This is accomplished by gradually lightening contact with the horse’s mouth and eventual lengthening of the reins (and with proper leg and seat applied in coordination with the hands). This particular issue is a subject for another article.” read more… (http://gilmorehorsemanship.com/militaryreining.html)

Additional Gilmore Horsemanship articles can be found at: www.gilmorehorsemanship.com/articles.html

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Puppy and horse smooch, snout-to-teeth


Every once in a while you stumble on something involving horses and dogs that involves the ‘cute factor’.

Take a look at this: Puppy and horse smooch, snout-to-teeth

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Napoleonic Cavalry Evoutions

Here’s some nice footage of drill riding from the 15th Hussars. This is how it was done in small units back in the day.

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