Rising above the mist, The Kelpies seem comfortable in their new home alongside the Forth and Clyde Canal with the expansion and new sea lock on the River Carron, which weaves its way through the countryside connecting the inland waterways between Glasgow and Edinburgh in the central Lowlands of Scotland. It’s a fitting location for two giant horses named after ancient Celtic mythological characters called Kelpies–giant and powerful water horses in folklore that haunted the rivers and lochs in Scotland and Ireland. These Kelpies have no intention of causing a stir or scaring children and maidens as legend has them…
Question: What do dog breeders, cattle ranchers, deer hunters and draft horse enthusiasts all have in common? (Cue game-show waiting music while we contemplate.) Answer: They are all under attack by animal rights groups–as is anyone who owns, works with, exhibits, researches, eats, or otherwise uses animals in any way. Answers have a way of leading to more questions, and this is no exception. When under attack, it is essential to know our enemy, so we must understand exactly what is meant by the term “animal rights” as compared to “animal welfare.” Although the two terms are often used interchangeably…
On a frosty morning in November, 14 Clydesdales left the comfort of a warm barn to brave an arctic chill, treacherous footing and hundreds of screaming humans. On this day, as on any other, they were simply doing their jobs, obeying the wishes of their owner. Today this meant that an eight-horse hitch, a four-horse hitch and a team endured the minus 30-degree cold of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, in full show rig, to perform as the top equine participants in the 2013 Grey Cup Parade. Besides being Canada's largest annual sports and television event, the Grey Cup is both the…
It was almost 20 years ago this spring that I read a comment published here in the Unites States. The statement was to the effect that "someone farming with draft horses should sell them because they would spend more time working for the horses than the horses would ever spend working for them." My sentiments back then and now are still the same; that it was a true statement, at least for him. The poor fellow had no one to blame for that predicament but himself. I suspect that he and his horses were both better off when he sold…
Disclaimer–This article is intended as general discussion and information on the topic covered, and is not to be construed as rendering legal advice. If legal advice is needed, you should contact an attorney. This article may not be reprinted or reproduced in any manner without prior written permission of the author. At first glance this seems appropriate. The buyer can determine whether the horse meets his needs and will have an opportunity to have a veterinarian inspect the horse. For the seller, it provides assurance that the sale is complete and greatly reduces buyer remorse or complaints about the behavior…
Speaking at the World Horse Welfare charity, the President, Princess Anne, stated that the welfare of British horses could be improved if horsemeat appeared on supermarket shelves. To everyone's surprise, the message Princess Anne delivered at the November conference has created little public reaction. While Princess Anne intended to spark debate on this burning issue, there has scarce been a whisper since she made her speech. Is this because of her elevated international position? Or is it impossible to challenge her love for a good horse? A former Olympian rider, Princess Anne has offered British horsemen her generous support. She…

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