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Why you should start out with a quiet horse, not a fixer-upper

A friend of mine recently bought a stock horse mare at the local horse sale. “I got a bargain,” he said. “She’s only seven years old and she goes great. Let me show you.” He rode the mare around...

Questions to ask when buying your first horse

Why? That’s the first question. Especially if this is your first horse. If you’re looking for a pet, better to consider a dog, cat or canary. They cost less, are easier to maintain and have zero chance of killing you. If...

Those first steps with horses: A beginner’s guide

Got a horse-mad kid at home? John Hawthorne gives some tips on getting a youngster started safely in the equestrian world. If you have a child who is interested in horseback riding, the equestrian world is a welcoming place for...

Douvan delivers Arkle Trophy glory for Willie Mullins

Douvan made virtually all the running as he justified the status of a first-day banker with an effortless victory in the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy at Cheltenham. Vaniteux tried to put it up to the Willie Mullins hotpot at...

Red Hills 3* win to Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Fugutive

Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Fugitive took out the CIC3* division of the Red Hills International horse trials in Florida at the weekend, securing the top spot by adding only .8 cross-country penalties to his dressage score.   The combination has been...

Rescue horse Trooper lives with a very rare condition – five feet

A rescue stallion now in the loving care of a British charity is being carefully managed with a very rare condition – he was born with an extra foot. Trooper is polydactyl. While it is possible to surgically remove the...

Morestead cuts a dashing figure in his tweed suit

Veteran racehorse Morestead, resplendent in a Harris Tweed suit, is at his dapper best ahead of this week’s Britain’s Cheltenham racing festival. Morestead may be among the most dapper racegoing horses you’re ever likely to see, but it’s his human...

Forgotten genius: The art of horse photographer Tony Leonard revealed

The work of photographer Tony Leonard, described at the Ansel Adams of the thoroughbred industry, is currently on show at Kentucky’s Headley-Whitney Museum in Lexington. His photos, including fine art photography, portraits, celebrity candids and more, were never viewed by anyone...

Horse-sport reform: An Olympic meddle or meaningful progress?

Last time I looked, the global body for athletics wasn’t considering cutting the 100-metre sprint in half to make for a leaner and meaner Olympics. The 10,000 metres could be cut in half, too, for a dramatic saving of a...

Shock as Willie Mullins and Rich Ricci reroute Vautour to Ryanair Chase

Owner Rich Ricci has apologised to any punters who are feeling "let down" following the decision to run Vautour in the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival on Thursday rather than in the Timico Gold Cup a day later. Ricci...