Princess Anne: A Passion for Horses

Princess Anne’s famous love of horses began in childhood and has continued throughout her life. Now aged 70, she is the first British Royal to have competed in the Olympic Games. The Princess Royal’s equestrian career has recently been depicted…

Martin Clunes: His Love of Horses

Many people know Martin Clunes as a talented actor who has starred in a multitude of great TV shows, such as the long-running sitcom Men Behaving Badly and the ITV drama series Doc Martin. What fans might not know is…

Post Riders

When you see today’s mail vans delivering letters and parcels up and down the country, spare a thought for the post riders, who used to do the job before the days of motorised transport. The horse and rider postal delivery…

The Police Horse

Police horses are a familiar sight on our streets today, playing an important role in crowd control at large public events such as football matches, protests, and carnivals. They can also be seen patrolling the streets and parks regularly as…

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The Riding Hat: A Brief History

Riding hats were first worn in the late 18th century as a fashion item, rather than for safety reasons. Today, a hat is vital to protect the rider’s head, as without the necessary safety wear, falling from a horse can…

The British Horse Society

Boasting more than 100,000 members, the British Horse Society is one of the UK’s oldest equine charities. By educating people about animal care, it is instrumental in ensuring horse welfare is looked after. It is one of 19 organisations making…

Horse Whispering

Horse whispering is a method of training horses that dates from the early 19th century. Especially beneficial for horses who are traumatised, or particularly wild, it involves “speaking” to the horse and being intuitive enough to understand his needs and…

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The Original Black Beauty

English author Anna Sewell, who wrote the famous Victorian novel Black Beauty, had a lifelong love of horses and was a campaigner for the humane treatment of animals. In an era when there was little legislation to protect animals, she…

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Polo: The Sport of Kings

Polo is known as the sport of kings, yet its image as an activity for the upper classes is changing in the 21st century. People have been playing polo on horseback for more than 2,000 years and it has long…

Pit Ponies: Life Underground

Pit ponies were first used down the mines in Britain as long ago as 1750. At one time, around 70,000 of the miniature horses worked underground, even living in stables in the pits and seeing daylight only once a year.…