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Hey, Internet, A Horse Just Danced To ‘Smooth’ At The Olympics

Man, it was a hot one on Monday in Rio, where Spain’s Severo Jesus Jurado Lopez had his horse, Lorenzo, dance to Santana’s “Smooth” like it was seven inches from the midday sun. (It was 90-plus degrees, so that makes sense.)

Well, I hear you whispering questions like “What event did they perform in?” The answer, my muñequita, my Spanish Harlem Mona Lisa, is grand prix freestyle in individual dressage, which is basically Olympic horse dancing, otherwise known as my reason for reason.

And if you said, “This life ain’t good enough,” well, you can’t say that anymore. I would give my world to lift this internet moment up. I would change my life to better suit this horse’s mood. It was so smooth.

I choose the music I like,” Jurado Lopez said afterward, as if he were the ocean under the moon. “I feel good, I like the music, and it’s a good music to go to all international people.”

Coincidentally, that’s the same as the emotion that I get from you. You got the kind of loving that can be so smooth, yeah. Gimme your heart, make it real.
Or else forget about it.

The horse did not medal. 

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Former Marine Travels 15 Miles On Horse And Foot To Honor Late Veteran

There was no horsing around for this man, who stopped at nothing to honor a fellow veteran.

Richard Kowalker, a 66-year-old from Middletown, Connecticut, often attends veteran funerals with his “riderless horses” as part of a tradition to honor a soldier’s service. In this custom, a horse with boots set backwards and no rider in the saddle follows the casket.

The 66-year-old, who served as a Marine in Vietnam, was set to attend a funeral for World War II veteran Norman Varney this past Saturday. But the night before, he realized that his horse trailer was damaged and he would be unable to cart his horses there. That setback didn’t stop Kowalker, however; he alternately walked and rode the two horses through the night, traveling more than 15 miles to make it to the funeral, WSFB reported.

“The Marine Corps motto is “semper fidelis” — Latin for ‘always faithful.’ … I have a lifelong commitment to adhere to. Once a Marine, always a Marine,” Kowalker told The Huffington Post in an email. “Sgt. Norman Varney was at Iwo Jima in World War II, the most famous battle in Marine Corps history. I considered it an honor to be in the presence of such people. … I am quite sure he would have done the same for me if the situation was reversed.”

The extraordinary gesture touched many and a fundraising page was created to help pay for a new horse trailer. Donors have already doubled the original goal, raising more than $ 4,000 for Kowalker.

Police from different towns along the walk escorted him during his trek, according to the fundraising page. Later on, Ken Yavis, who owns a horse trailer, spotted Kowalker, his horse, Melody, and his friend’s horse, Sassy, WFSB reported. Yavis got his own trailer and helped Kowalker for the rest of the way, allowing the animals to take a break at his house and eventually bringing them to the service.

Yavis, like many others, was moved by Kowalker’s devotion.

“I never got a chance to serve,” Yavis told WFSB. “But someone like that who continues to give, you have to help him.”

For the humble Kowalker, his actions weren’t anything out of the ordinary.

“I gave my word and I like to be a person of my word,” he told WFSB.

To learn more about Richard Kowalker or to donate, visit the fundraising page created for him here.

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The Trouble With Horse Racing

Have we, as a nation, lost our bearings? Have we lost all sense of proportion? The jubilation and near-hysterical levels of enthusiasm in response to American Pharoah winning horse racing’s Triple Crown were not only wretchedly excessive, they were nutty.

Yes, people will point out that, until American Pharoah did it last weekend, no horse had won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes, all in the same year, not since 1978, when Affirmed did it. Wonderful.

Except that the moment the race was over, we began hearing nothing but economic news. We instantly began hearing how valuable this horse will be once he is put out to stud. Money. It was all about money. Potential earnings, return on equity, future profits.

Consider: When Miguel Cabrera won the “real” Triple Crown, in 2012 (the one in baseball, the one that requires genuine athletic talent and isn’t joined at the hip to pari-mutuel wagering), it hadn’t been done for 45 years, not since 1967, when Carl Yastrzemski led the league in batting average, homers, and RBI.

Now that’s a real achievement, one done by a human being and not by a horse or trained dog. Nothing against animals, mind you. I’ve watched the Kentucky Derby and I’ve watched the Westminster Dog Show, and have been amused, if not overly worked-up, by both. But those aren’t “sporting events.”

Moreover, after Cabrera won his Triple Crown, you didn’t hear the media get all dollars-and-sense about it. You didn’t hear broadcasters speculate about how much more money Cabrera could expect to earn now that he had accomplished this milestone.

If we want to celebrate something significant being done after a long dry spell, let’s at least hold out for an impressive “human” event, something that doesn’t involve animals. Let’s hold out for something memorable, like seeing the perennially disappointing Chicago Cubs win a World Series, or the Detroit Lions appear in a Super Bowl.

Or wait for the next American citizen to be named World Chess Champion. That formidable feat hasn’t been accomplished since 1975, when Bobby Fischer won the crown. And chess, baseball and football–unlike horse racing–don’t owe their existence to gambling. Unlike horse racing, which would shrivel up and die without the gambling, these games would flourish even with no money being wagered.

And not to get all self-righteous or “socially conscious” here, but speaking of the Kentucky Derby, what do we see when we observe that lavish spectacle? What do we see when we behold this historic horse race held in a nest of the former Confederacy?

We see a vast ocean of white faces. We see money. We see rich white people–wealthy, mint julep-drinking, white men and women, tricked out in their finest antebellum duds, harkening us back to all that was weird and glorious about Plantation Life. And then, just when we think we’ve had enough, they go and sing, “My Old Kentucky Home.”

No one is suggesting we ban horse racing, or curtail it, or boycott it. After all, wagering on horses is as American as apple strudel. And if a network wants to milk a two-and-a-half minute horse race for three hours, that’s their prerogative. They’re the ones paying for the commercial time.

But before people mindlessly gush over a horse race, they should ask themselves why they care. Unless they have money riding on it, what does it matter? And given that Pharoah went off at 3 to 5 odds (meaning you had to risk $ 50 to win $ 30), his victory was something of an anti-climax. A 37-year drought or not, he was the prohibitive favorite.

David Macaray is a playwright and author. His latest book is “Night Shift: 270 Factory Stories.”

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Horse Owner’s Veterinary Handbook

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Tiny Horse Lives Large With Labrador Pal

This pint-sized horse is a big celebrity.

Acer the miniature horse stands 22 inches tall and is said to be Britain’s smallest horse. That distinction comes with perks. According to a Barcroft TV segment, posted to YouTube on Oct. 2, Acer makes himself at home on Maureen O’Sullivan’s farm in Corringham, England, and at the local pub.

He corrals plenty of attention wherever he goes. But one place he’s forbidden is around the big horses on the farm, because he might get hurt, explains O’Sullivan, who believes both of Acer’s parents carried the dwarfism gene.

Demon, the black Labrador of the house, is around Acer’s size, and the two get along smashingly. In fact, O’Sullivan says, Acer “thinks he’s more of a dog than a horse.”

As cute as the little guy is, he apparently isn’t the world’s tiniest equine. According to Guinness World Records, that honor belongs to the 17.5-inch Thumbelina in St. Louis — at least as of July 2006.

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A Horse Is A Horse, Of Course, Of Course

Some animals seem more expressive than others. Some have physiques that inspire artists more than others.To me, one of the most impressive mammals can not only be seen throughout the animal kingdom, but throughout popular culture as well.

From a talking horse (Mr. Ed) to The Horse Whisperer, from heavily anthropomorphized cameos in full-length Disney animated features to the leading role in 2002’s Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, horses are often seen as sensitive, muscular, and loyal creatures.

Bringing a live horse onstage, however, poses technical problems. Many an operatic performance has been sabotaged when a nervous steed decided to relieve himself onstage. Many years ago, during a dress rehearsal of the Kermesse scene in Faust, a horse let loose as he approached center stage. When asked for his reaction, the conductor snorted “God, what a critic!”

While many make jokes about the phrase “hung like a horse,” during my 1987 trip to Scandinavia, I was surprised to see how much porn was dedicated to young blonde women and their horses. The sexual appeal of a horse, however, is hardly limited to women.

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Poster art for a production of Peter Shaffer’s Equus
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In 1973, Peter Shaffer’s award-winning psychodrama, Equus, took audiences on a wild ride as a child psychiatrist attempted to work with a 17-year-old boy who had blinded six horses in a stable. As the play progressed, the psychiatrist realized how sterile, repressed and false his life had become while his anguished patient was taking a favorite horse out on midnight rides through the countryside that often brought the young man to orgasm.

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Alan prepares to take Nugget out for a midnight ride in Equus
(Photo courtesy of South Korea’s Shilhum Theater Group)

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Using life-sized puppets created by Cape Town, South Africa’s famed Handspring Puppet Company, the Royal National Theatre’s 2007 world premiere production of War Horse thrilled audiences. The intense flexibility and appeal of the production’s puppets created a magical experience which subsequently toured the world. In the following clip, a member of the Handspring Puppet Company explains how the puppet for Joey the Horse functions.

The 2014 San Francisco International Film Festival featured two entries (one a 15-minute short, the other 90 minutes in length) in which horses — in their natural state — were the focus of each film. One was a black-and-white piece of narrative fiction; the other a full-color, full-length feature. Each, however, had a fascination all its own.

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Take two trained animals — a mare and a German Shepherd — and put them on camera in the snowy terrain near Riobamba (the provincial capital of Chimborazo in northern Ecuador). If the only sounds of communication are the dog’s excited barking and a few snorts and grunts from the mare, is there any kind of connection between the two animals? Can the footage they generate deliver a movie?

Written, produced, and directed by Jorge López Navarrete, Little Block of Cement With Disheveled Hair Containing The Sea offers a resounding yes to those questions. An essentially plotless film, Navarrete’s short is all about coexisting in nature. His work should not be seen as a stereotypical film about animals bearing heavy anthropomorphic messages, but rather as a wilderness tone poem of exquisite simplicity. As the filmmaker explains:

“A dog and a mare embark upon a voyage together. With every step they take, the differences between them become inevitably clearer, and yet the profound mutual knowledge they develop over time shows the potential to suddenly produce a luminous moment between the two. This is a story of needing, of searching, and, above all, of coexisting. The idea of romantic love, in whose name we decide to share our life with someone, often masks other types of needs that have no relation with a firm belief in mutual and unconditional surrender as the ideal manner of living. Nevertheless, the decision to come together and share our life with another person, despite innumerable disagreements, eventually provides a valuable experience for both parties.

The approach was to concentrate all the action on the dog and the mare, their being the only elements shot with close-ups, and to keep artifice to a minimum. Nature is an additional, third main character of the story. This is the reason why, from the very beginning, I had the conviction to locate the story in an exuberant and diverse Latin American country. I eventually decided on Ecuador because of the geographic proximity of the contrasting landscapes (which was extremely convenient for a low-budget production requiring short trips).”

Navarrete’s short has its ups and downs, but what is never in question is the quality of Carlos Mora’s cinematography and Carlo Marchionni’s musical score. Here’s a teaser:

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Written and directed by Benedikt Erlingsson, Of Horses and Men contains what may seem like the most uncomfortable threesome in cinema history. A snapshot of the moment (in which an old gray mare proves that she ain’t what she used to be) was chosen as the best candidate for marketing this Icelandic film.

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Poster art for Of Horses and Men

An Icelandic actor and stage director turned film director, Erlingsson’s directorial debut shows evidence of an extremely dark sense of humor combined with a lifelong love of horses (he got his first horse when he was 16 years old as part of his salary for working as a “harvest boy” on a horse farm in the highlands of northern Iceland). “To work with horses was amazingly easy,” he confesses. “And, of course, they are not in any union, which made the producer very happy.”

In this charming interview, taped during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, Erlingsson discusses his theatrical background, his family’s history as storytellers, the challenges of working with horses, and the difficulty of raising money for a film when your island nation has essentially gone bankrupt.

Many moments in Of Horses and Men defy description. Frequent shots of humans reflected in a horse’s eye keep the audience aware that this story is not always being told from a human perspective. As the plot synopsis on IMDB so deliciously explains:

  • “Kolbeinn loves Solveig and Solveig loves Kolbeinn. But Kolbeinn is in love with his prized possession and darling, the mare Grána and Grána is obsessed with the stallion Brúnn. Spring is coming and the whole community is following the story. This cannot end well.
  • Vernhardur is in love with vodka and the horse Jarpur loves Vernhardur, his master. Aboard a Russian trawler is a mate by the name of Gengis (who doesn’t have vodka but loves horses like Jarpur). This is not going to end well.
  • Grimur has a passion for ancient horse roads but Egill admires barbed wire fences. Grimur owns a horse and a pair of pincers. Egill owns a tractor. This cannot end well.
  • Johanna loves Raudka, her mare, but Raudka is in love with freedom. On the heath by an old summer cottage lies an injured old man. This could have a happy ending.
  • Juan Camillo loves life and nature and is seeking God in the Icelandic highlands. But the horse, Old Piebald, is tired and longs for rest. How will this end?”

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Old Piebald meets her fate in Of Horses and Men

Blessed with Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson’s magnificent cinematography and David Thor Jonsson’s lively musical score, Of Horses and Men is a compellingly peculiar movie which highlights the animal within all of us (and occasionally depicts men who, in their desperation to survive, must depend on their horses). The film was made with a large cast of horse lovers and horse owners who are completely unknown to movie buffs.

I found Of Horses and Men to be utterly captivating; the kind of movie one should experience rather than read about. Despite what one may assume from some clever editing, no horses were harmed in the making of the film. Here’s the trailer:

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Wildkin 51025 Horse Dreams Good Times Rolling Duffel Bag – Nichola McCourty

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Tap Shoes and Horse Shoes

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