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  • Nanny State: De Blasio to Resurrect Attempt at NYC Big Soda Ban

    05/04/2014 4:10:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    Newsmax ^ | May 2, 2014 | Eric Boehm, Watchdog.org
    Hide your Big Gulps again, New York. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this week his administration will pick up where former Mayor Michael Bloomberg left off and will continue the battle to ban sodas larger than 16 ounces. The city will appeal a state court ruling that pulled the plug on the ban last year. City lawyers will argue the case at the Court of Appeals on June 4, the New York Daily News reported this week. Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg got plenty of headlines in 2012 when he declared war on Big Gulps and other large sugary drinks. The...
  • Cruel or necessary? The true cost of wild horse roundups [Graphic Video warning]

    04/29/2014 6:15:10 PM PDT · by blueplum · 31 replies
    NBC News ^ | May 14, 2013 | Lisa Myers and Michael Austin
    ...This recent roundup ended a season of wild horse “gathers” in which the government captured and removed thousands of mustangs from nearly 32 million acres of public land in 10 Western states. Afterward, the Bureau of Land Management reported new numbers likely to shock many Americans unfamiliar with the economics and politics surrounding the roundups: A record number of wild horses – almost 50,000 – are now living in captivity, far more than the 32,000 left on the range. :snip: In January 2013, a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order halting another roundup after Leigh produced photos of a...
  • Whoa there: NYC carriage horse ban is stalled

    04/22/2014 12:50:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 22, 2014 3:41 PM EDT | Jonathan Lemire
    Mayor Bill de Blasio is pulling back the reins on his plans to quickly get rid of New York City’s horse-drawn carriage industry, stung by a recent outpouring of support for the colorful coaches that have clip-clopped their way through Central Park for more than 150 years. A campaign pledge to take on the horses during his first week as mayor was eclipsed by other issues. […] What changed? For one, a media blitz led by actor Liam Neeson has portrayed the horse-drawn carriage industry as an iconic, romantic part of New York that provides about 400 jobs, many to...
  • Breaking Scandal: BLM Rounding Up Wild Horses, Sending To Slaugherhouse…In Canada

    04/18/2014 1:26:50 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 44 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | April 18, 2014
    The Bureau of Land Management is clearly having an image problem. As the outrage over its intimidating show of force during last week’s showdown at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada proved, the federal agency is now caught up in a controversy originating in Wyoming. According to recent reports, agents herded a large group of wild horses in the state before ceding control of the majestic animals to state authorities. At that point, Wyoming officials sold them off to a slaughterhouse in Canada. Obviously, this development outraged countless advocates already incensed by accusations that BLM officers gunned down multiple cows at...
  • Jury orders Parx to pay $7.8 million in jockey's death

    04/10/2014 6:04:09 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | April 10, 2014
    A jury yesterday awarded nearly $7.8 million to the family of a jockey killed at Parx Racing after a race horse - spooked by roaming chickens - threw, dragged and kicked him. Mario Calderon, 55, of Croydon, Bucks County, died after suffering 11 broken ribs and a bleed on his brain in the May 2010 mishap at the racetrack formerly known as Philadelphia Park, according to his attorney Michael A. Trunk.
  • Conn. court: Horse owners must prevent injuries (claims horses “naturally vicious”)

    03/29/2014 9:57:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 68 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 26, 2014 4:17 PM EDT | Stephen Singer
    Owners of horses and other domestic animals must try to prevent their animals from causing foreseeable injuries, the state’s highest court ruled Wednesday in a decision that avoided the larger issue of whether horses are inherently vicious while siding with a family whose child was bitten by one. The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled 6-0 to uphold an Appellate Court decision that said a horse belongs to “a species naturally inclined to do mischief or be vicious.” But four of the justices said that the question of whether an animal is naturally dangerous must be considered individually by lower courts. […]...
  • Pennsylvania Bill Would Gut Horse Racing Fund

    01/31/2014 6:15:53 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 26 replies
    Bloodhorse ^ | January 31, 2014 | Tom LaMarra
    A Pennsylvania lawmaker's proposal to gut the Race Horse Development Fund supported by revenue from slot machines generated a strong response from the Pennsylvania Equine Coalition, which represents owners, breeders, and trainers of racehorses in the state. Republican Rep. Todd Stevens introduced legislation that would shift $250 million a year—almost the entire amount racing and breeding gets from slot machine revenue—to fund education in Pennsylvania. In statements, the lawmaker from southeastern Pennsylvania said horse racing is for the wealthy and elite, and that education should be the priority.
  • Tulsa (Oklahoma) Man Accused of Taking Toddler on Drunken Horse Ride

    01/25/2014 11:23:11 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 25 replies
    Tusla World ^ | January 21, 2014 | KENDRICK MARSHALL World Staff Writer
    Tulsa man accused of taking toddler on drunken horse ride A Tulsa man who was once charged on an out-of-state child endangerment complaint was arrested by police Monday after he allegedly was seen riding a horse with a 3-year-old child while intoxicated. Dennis Carl Byers, 38, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on child neglect and public intoxication complaints, jail records show. Byers was spotted by Tulsa police about 8 p.m. Monday in the 2000 block of East 56th North on a horse with a small child, Byers' arrest report said. Officers who stopped Byers observed that he had blood...
  • Congress Blocks Slaughtering Horses For Meat In U.S.

    01/19/2014 2:34:06 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 72 replies
    NPR ^ | January 17, 2014 | Allison Aubrey
    Americans may recoil at the thought of eating horse meat, but other countries feel quite differently, as the sign above this butcher shop in Paris attests. Americans may recoil at the thought of eating horse meat, but other countries feel quite differently, as the sign above this butcher shop in Paris attests. When a federal ban on slaughtering horses to produce horse meat was lifted several years back, ranchers including Rick De Los Santos, a New Mexico rancher and owner of Valley Meat Co., stepped up to start operations with an aim to export the meat. But, as we've reported,...
  • Is Bill de Blasio Trading Horses for Money?

    01/07/2014 8:37:19 AM PST · by Paladins Prayer · 15 replies
    The New American ^ | 06 January 2014 | Selwyn Duke
    They used to hang horse thieves — now they elect them mayor. As many know, New York City’s new commandant, Bill de Blasio, has sworn that one of his first acts upon taking office will be to ban Central Park’s iconic horse-drawn carriages. He claims that forcing horses to work in downtown Manhattan is inhumane, but is he really just kowtowing to a big real-estate developer who heavily supported his campaign? Interestingly, there was a time when de Blasio was more blasé about these animal-rights concerns. In fact, when he had the chance as a City Council member to support...
  • Federal appeals court vacates ban on US horse slaughter

    12/14/2013 10:01:15 AM PST · by jazusamo · 50 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 14, 2013 | AP
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A federal appeals court on Friday removed a temporary ban on domestic horse slaughter, clearing the way for companies in New Mexico, Missouri and Iowa to open while an appeal of a lawsuit by animal protection groups proceeds. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver lifted the emergency injunction it issued in November after The Humane Society of the United States and others appealed the ruling of a federal judge in Albuquerque. The judge said the U.S. Department of Agriculture followed proper procedure in issuing permits to Valley Meat Co. in Roswell, N.M., Rains Natural...
  • Horse mutilated, killed in Williamson Co. pasture [Middle Tennessee--reward offered; please help]

    11/13/2013 8:27:24 PM PST · by LittleSpotBlog · 33 replies
    WSMV.com ^ | 11/11/13 | Dennis Ferrier
    FAIRVIEW, TN (WSMV) - A picturesque part of Middle Tennessee is the scene of a shocking crime. Someone mutilated then killed a beloved horse, and the owner says the animal died in a tremendous amount of pain. She's also worried whoever did it will do it again. The McIlvains have lived outside Fairview for 36 years and say the reason they have stayed is the beautiful front yard pasture for their two Paso Fino horses, Bomber and Falderado. "Paso Finos are a special breed. They are smart and very close to their rider. They take care of their rider and...
  • Dispute gives glimpse into high-stakes world of champion horses

    09/21/2013 7:41:30 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 28 replies
    Milwuakee Journal Sentinel ^ | 9-20-13 | Bruce Vielmetti
    In a legal dispute over a champion sporting stallion, Wisconsin's Court of Appeals decided it was a case of a horse — or two — apiece. But the Viroqua trainer on the losing end of the ruling doesn't see it that way. "It's been pretty frustrating," said Amy S. Hunter. "Basically it means I live in the wrong state. Anywhere there's some knowledge of the industry this would be different." Hunter, 43, trained a sick horse back to health and productivity for a wealthy out-of-state owner, who Hunter says was so grateful she told Hunter she could keep it. But...
  • U.S. West faces crisis of too many wild horses

    09/01/2013 9:52:01 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 25 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 09/01/2013 | Washington Post
    WASHINGTON – The U.S. West is on the verge of a serious horse crisis, says a new paper in Science, which argues that the wild horse population is growing so fast that the government could soon be unable to manage the herds. There are currently some 33,000 wild horses roaming freely on public lands in the western United States, descendants of horses brought by Spanish conquistadors. Under a 1971 law, the Bureau of Land Management is supposed to protect these horses and make sure their numbers don’t get out of hand so they are not destroying the ecosystem or dying...
  • Detroit Has No Horses But Pays $56K [every year] for Horseshoer

    07/25/2013 11:46:51 AM PDT · by grundle · 41 replies
    The Blaze ^ | August 20, 2012 | Jason Howerton
    Full title: Detroit Has No Horses But Pays $56K for Horseshoer — Union Boss Says It’s ‘Not Possible’ to Eliminate Positions The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) pays a “horseshoer” $29,245 in salary and roughly $27,000 in benefits. There’s only one problem — Detroit has no horses for the horseshoer to shoe. Some critics argue that the department has been turned into some sort of a government jobs program. Meanwhile, the local union president says it is “not possible” to eliminate positions
  • Rare white Thoroughbred wins at Mountaineer

    07/04/2013 7:48:33 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    Daily Racing Form ^ | July 2, 2013
    Chief White Fox, one of only a small handful of Thoroughbreds to be registered as “white” by The Jockey Club, broke his maiden on July 1 at Mountaineer Park in his ninth career start. The 3-year-old son of The White Fox bested the runner-up by 5 ¼ lengths in the one-mile race under jockey Marco Ccamaque. He covered the distance in 1:42.92 over a track rated fast as the favorite. With the victory, Chief White Fox increased his earnings to $16,091 from nine career starts in Kentucky and West Virginia. This marked the first time that he finished in the...
  • World's Oldest Genome Sequenced From 700,000-Year-Old Horse DNA

    07/03/2013 9:08:46 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    National Geographic ^ | June 26, 2013 | Jane J. Lee
    Samples from a horse leg bone more than 700,000 years old have yielded the oldest full genome known to date... The Pleistocene horse genome Orlando and colleagues pieced together helped them determine that the ancestor to the Equus lineage -- the group that gave rise to modern horses, zebras, and donkeys -- arose 4 to 4.5 million years ago, or about two million years earlier than previously thought... The team found that Przewalski's horses were an offshoot of the lineage that gave rise to domestic horses. The two groups diverged around 50,000 years ago... The six-inch (15-centimeter) horse leg bone...
  • Minn. Farmer ‘Shocked’ After Horses Put Down By State Patrol

    05/09/2013 8:00:01 PM PDT · by Huntress · 31 replies
    WCCO-4 ^ | 5/9/13 | Heather Brown
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota State Patrol had to put down two horses after they got away from their Faribault farm early Monday morning. They’d been trying to get the horses back onto their property when they say the situation just became too unsafe. But, as can be imagined, the horses’ owner is very upset — and has to foot the bill. Suzette Clemens didn’t even realize her quarter horses, Roper and Frenchie, had escaped when a tree fell on her electric fence, until a Rice County deputy showed up at her door in the middle of the night. He...
  • Plague of the overweight riders who are too heavy for their horses

    03/25/2013 1:37:01 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 50 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | March 24, 2013 | Emine Sinmaz
    Plague of the overweight riders who are too heavy for their horses • Only one in 20 riders are within the optimum weight for their horse • A heavy load can mean back pain, lameness and bad behaviour in horses • Vet guidelines advise that riders weigh less than 10 per cent of their mount • Weighing more than 15 per cent of horse's weight poses health risks • Research is published in the Journal of Veterinary Behaviour Horses are the latest victims of the obesity crisis as they take the burden of their overweight riders, experts have warned. A...
  • Distinctive virus behind mystery horse disease

    03/18/2013 7:59:48 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    Nature News ^ | 18 March 2013 | Ed Yong
    Origin of Theiler hepatitis was a century-old puzzle. For almost 100 years, veterinarians have puzzled over the cause of Theiler disease, a mysterious type of equine hepatitis that is linked to blood products and causes liver failure in up to 90% of afflicted animals. A team of US scientists has now discovered that the disease is caused by a virus that shares just 35% of its amino acid sequences with its closest-known relative. The team named it Theiler disease-associated virus (TDAV), and published the discovery in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences1. Led by Amy Kistler at the...
  • Bullwhip to train horses (Vanity)

    12/06/2012 5:50:33 PM PST · by reaganaut · 70 replies
    me | 12/6/2012 | Reaganaut
    My mother's neighbors who are illegal aliens and La Raza, own a couple of horses, they aren't fed well and today they were out 'training' them making them run around a small corral and hitting them with a bull whip. My mother and I don't think this is normal or right, so we decided to ask here on FR. Any suggestions? Should we report them?
  • How many horses and bayonets did the military have?

    10/24/2012 7:48:39 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 29 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 24, 2012 | Kim Geiger
    President Obama’s quip about “horses and bayonets” may have been the most memorable sound bite from the third presidential debate, but was it true? The comment came after Mitt Romney asserted that “our Navy is smaller now than at any time since 1917,” because it has fewer ships. Fact-checkers have determined that statement was false, but Obama took the bait anyway.
  • HORSES AND BAYONETS

    10/23/2012 10:02:04 AM PDT · by redinIllinois · 48 replies
    I hear a lot of people sticking up for bayonets, how about someone calling attention to the fact that Obama made a glaring error by mocking horses, when they were an important part of the war he says is the one we need to focus on, Afghanistan? http://video.foxnews.com/v/1912138721001/horse-soldier-memorial-unveiled-at-ground-zero/ This is the link for Fox, but there was also lots of other coverage about the Horse Memorial at Ground Zero.
  • EDITORIAL: Obama, horses and bayonets

    10/23/2012 5:19:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 23, 2012 | Editorial
    Condescending debate outburst exposes weak defense strategy Note to President Obama: Stop pretending you’re a military genius. “Commander in chief” is simply a title, not a skill set. In Monday night’s foreign policy debate, Mr. Obama mocked Republican challenger Mitt Romney for daring to discuss the dangerous diminution of American naval assets to levels of a century ago. “Well, governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed,” said Mr. Obama. “We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines. And so...
  • Megyn Kelly: Media in spin room laughed and applauded at Obama’s “bayonets” line

    10/23/2012 3:24:27 PM PDT · by qaz123 · 17 replies
    HOT AIR ^ | OCTOBER 23, 2012 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Via Mediaite. I take it the defense here will be that they weren’t rooting for Obama, just grooving on a righteous zinger expertly dealt even though it was incorrect on the merits. But maybe I’m wrong; maybe there’ll be no defense. The media’s gotten more forthright about its biases and shortcomings over the past 10 years thanks to the endless watchdogging online, so there’s no sense grasping for excuses. Why bother? Everyone knows the score. This isn’t the first time reporters have been caught rooting publicly against a Republican, either. The Seattle Times gave bloggers a week of laughs five...
  • TRENDING: 'Horses and bayonets' shows Obama's debate strategy

    10/22/2012 10:30:02 PM PDT · by Qbert · 79 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/22/2012 | Kevin Liptak
    (CNN) - Perhaps it only makes sense that a candidate who prepared for a presidential debate near Colonial Williamsburg would choose to slam Mitt Romney's plan for more Navy ships by using the phrase "horses and bayonets." President Barack Obama's quip - meant to make the point that modern warfare doesn't require the type of equipment it did in the past - appeared part of a larger strategy of casting his opponent as stuck in a time warp on important issues. And Republicans, seeing an opening, are making sure shipbuilders just down the road from President Barack Obama's Virginia prep...
  • Horse Soldiers in Afghanistan honored by Monument

    10/22/2012 11:35:12 PM PDT · by Ymani Cricket · 2 replies
    CNN ^ | Oct 6, 2011 | Alex Quade
    Demossville, Kentucky (CNN) -- The U.S. special operations teams that led the American invasion in Afghanistan a decade ago did something that no American military had done since the last century: ride horses into combat.
  • Monument honors U.S. 'horse soldiers' who invaded Afghanistan [ Special forces use horses ] CNN2011

    10/22/2012 11:09:29 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | 10-6-11
    Editor's note: Freelance war correspondent Alex Quade spent nearly 18 months in Iraq and Afghanistan covering U.S. special operations forces on combat missions, including for CNN. Demossville, Kentucky (CNN) -- The U.S. special operations teams that led the American invasion in Afghanistan a decade ago did something that no American military had done since the last century: ride horses into combat. "It was like out of the Old Testament," says Lt. Col. Max Bowers, retired Green Beret, who commanded the three horseback teams. "You expected Cecil B. DeMille to be filming and Charlton Heston to walk out." Bowers spoke while...
  • I see the lefties are cheering that "horses and bayonets" line even though it's misleading (vanity)

    10/22/2012 10:01:00 PM PDT · by oneprolifewoman · 48 replies
    And what do you know? The Marines still use horses too! So much for Obama scolding Mitt about now knowing anything about the military as it is today!
  • Bill Maher Dies (Oklahoma Horseman)

    08/21/2012 8:55:53 PM PDT · by fkabuckeyesrule · 28 replies
    AQHA ^ | August 21, 2012 | AQHA
    Oklahoma horseman William Edmond “Bill” Maher, 68, El Dorado, Oklahoma, died Saturday, August 18. Services will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 22, at Carlson Funeral Home in El Dorado. Interment will follow in Cumberland Cemetery. Bill was born on February 5, 1944, in El Dorado, Kansas. He graduated from Douglass High School and attended Lamar College for a few years. Bill was well known in the Quarter Horse and Paint horse industry, both in racing and show circles. He was a horse trainer, rancher and farmer. During his younger years he was a top rodeo competitor in Saddle Bronc riding....
  • Secretariat Awarded Preakness Record at 1:53 After Review (Ruling: '73 Preakness Time is a Record)

    06/20/2012 3:31:38 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 26 replies
    Daily Racing Form ^ | 06/20/2012 | Matt Hegarty
    Secretariat awarded Preakness record at 1:53 after review The Maryland Racing Commission on Tuesday voted unanimously to change the official time of the 1973 Preakness Stakes won by Secretariat from 1:54 2/5 to 1:53, a time that will give the two-time Horse of the Year the record in all three of the Triple Crown races. The commission approved the change after two hours of testimony at a meeting at Laurel Park, the sister track of Pimlico Race Course, where the Preakness is held. Penny Chenery, the late horse’s owner, requested the hearing on the basis of analyses conducted by companies...
  • LA Times Vets Ann Romney's Horses

    05/22/2012 6:34:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 5/22/12 | John Nolte
    The Los Angeles Times refuses to disclose the contents of a video tape in its possession that reportedly shows Barack Obama lavishing praise on his friend Rashid Khalidi, a close associate of Palestinian terrorist Yasser Arafat, at a 2003 Chicago dinner party sponsored by the Arab American Action Network and attended by Bill Ayers. The Times does, however, have all kinds of time to vet Ann Romney, going so far as to dig into a lawsuit she was part of involving a horse: It was the end of a long day in a stuffy Simi Valley office building. Ann Romney...
  • MtDNA tests trace all modern horses back to single ancestor 140,000 years ago

    04/29/2012 5:53:32 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | January 31, 2012 | Bob Yirka
    For many years archeologists and other scientists have debated the origins of the domesticated horse. Nailing down a time frame is important because many historians view the relationship between man and horse as one of the most important in the development of our species. Horses allowed early people to hunt for faster prey, to wander farther than before and to create much bigger farms due to pulling plows. Now, new evidence has come to light suggesting that all modern horses, which are believed to have been domesticated approximately 10,000 years ago, descended from one mare around 140,000 years ago. The...
  • [From 1995] A Stone-Age Horse Still Roams a Tibetan Plateau

    03/30/2012 7:17:50 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    nyt ^ | November 12, 1995 | MARLISE SIMONS
    Deep in Tibet... the explorers came upon the first of the enigmatic creatures. They saw one, and then three of them grazing in the open forest. Soon, to their astonishment, a whole herd of the unusual horses appeared. "They looked completely archaic, like the horses in prehistoric cave paintings," said Michel Peissel, a French ethnologist and the expedition leader. "We thought it was just a freak, then we saw they were all alike." A team of French and British explorers, who have just returned here from a six-week expedition in Tibet, say they believe that they found an ancient breed...
  • Ancient DNA identifies donkey ancestors, people who domesticated them

    07/28/2010 11:21:12 AM PDT · by decimon · 18 replies · 5+ views
    University of Florida ^ | July 28, 2010 | Unknown
    Genetic investigators say the partnership between people and the ancestors of today's donkeys was sealed not by monarchs trying to establish kingdoms, but by mobile, pastoral people who had to recruit animals to help them survive the harsh Saharan landscape in northern Africa more than 5,000 years ago. The findings, reported today by an international research team in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, paint a surprising picture of what small, isolated groups of people were able to accomplish when confronted with unpredictable storms and expanding desert. "It says those early people were quite innovative, more so than many people...
  • Zebra or horse? A ‘zorse’, of course!

    04/13/2009 3:27:05 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 21 replies · 1,587+ views
    Creation Magazine ^ | David Catchpoole
    Examples of zebra-horse hybrids abound, but few are as stunningly eye-catching as ‘Eclyse’ pictured here.[1,2] While most other zorses have stripes across their entire body, Eclyse looks like she’s had her face and rear flank painted by a very clever artist. But the markings are real, and she’s become a major attraction at a safari park in the German town of Schloss Holte-Stukenbrock. Her mother, Eclipse, had spent a short time at a ranch in Italy, where she shared a paddock with other horses, as well as a zebra called Ulysses. On her return to Germany, Eclipse surprised her keepers...
  • New Insight Into Horse Evolution

    07/03/2005 2:03:06 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies · 1,384+ views
    BBC ^ | Saturday, 2 July, 2005 | Helen Briggs
    Genetic evidence is shedding new light on the origins of horses in the New World, during a particularly hazy period in their evolution. As the Great Ice Age came to an end, some 11,000 years ago, North America was thought to be home to as many as 50 species and subspecies of horse. But studies of ancient DNA tell a rather different story, suggesting the horses belonged to just two species. These are the stilt-legged horses, now extinct, and the caballines. The caballines are thought to be the ancestors of today's domestic horse. "It looks like, as far as we...
  • Scientists To Start DNA Analysis Of Ancient Horse Skeletons

    01/10/2005 3:07:32 PM PST · by blam · 21 replies · 1,002+ views
    Scientists to start DNA analysis of ancient horse skeletons www.chinaview.cn 2005-01-10 15:19:28 XI'AN, Jan. 10 (Xinhuanet) -- Chinese and British scientists are planning for the DNA analysis of 12 horse skeletons unearthed from the burial ground of a prominent duke who lived more than 2,500 years ago in northwestern Shaanxi Province. Archeologists with Beijing University and Cambridge University have used a professional database to process data collected from the skeletons, including the size and weight of the skulls, spinalcolumns and limbs. A Cambridge laboratory will be entrusted to carry out the DNA analysis, after the State Administration of Cultural Heritage...
  • Donkey Domestication Began In Africa

    06/18/2004 8:40:41 AM PDT · by blam · 21 replies · 567+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 6-17-2004 | Jeff Hecht
    Donkey domestication began in Africa 19:00 17 June 04 NewScientist.com news service Genetic fingerprints indicate that wild African asses were the ancestors of domestic donkeys, making donkeys the only important domestic animal known to come from Africa. Animal domestication was a key development in human culture. Meat animals came first, with cattle, sheep, goats and pigs initially domesticated between 10,000 and 11,000 years ago. Animals useful for carrying loads and people, such as horses, donkeys and camels, came in a later wave about 5000 years ago, which enhanced trade and mobility. Donkeys were particularly important, being smaller, more durable and...
  • Three-toed horses reveal the secret of the Tibetan Plateau uplift

    04/29/2012 3:17:02 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | Tuesday, April 24, 2012 | Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology
    The Tibetan Plateau has gradually risen since the Indian plate collided with the Eurasian plate at about 55 Ma. Regardless of the debates over the rising process and elevation of the plateau, there is no doubt that the Himalayas have appeared as a mountain range since the Miocene, with the appearance of vegetation vertical zones following thereafter. Open grasslands per se have no direct relationship to elevation, because they can have different elevations in different regions of the world, having a distribution near the sea level to the extreme high plateaus. On the other hand, the southern margin of the...
  • Zenyatta has foaled [Diary Post #454]

    03/08/2012 11:35:05 PM PST · by Nepeta · 15 replies
    Zenyatta.com ^ | March 8, 2012
    Zenyatta foaled a Bernardini colt Thursday evening about 10.10! Mother and son are doing fine. Photos at the link above.
  • Earliest domesticated horses dated 5,500 years ago

    03/06/2009 8:59:29 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 31 replies · 567+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | Thursday, March 5, 2009 | Randolph E. Schmid
    To Hell with AP.
  • 'Speed Gene' in Modern Racehorses Originated from British Mare 300 Years Ago, Scientists Claim

    01/28/2012 7:50:57 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | January 24, 2012 | NovaUCD
    Scientists have traced the origin of the 'speed gene' in Thoroughbred racehorses back to a single British mare that lived in the United Kingdom around 300 years ago, according to findings published today in the scientific journal Nature Communications. The origin of the 'speed gene' (C type myostatin gene variant) was revealed by analysing DNA from hundreds of horses, including DNA extracted from the skeletal remains of 12 celebrated Thoroughbred stallions born between 1764 and 1930. "Changes in racing since the foundation of the Thoroughbred have shaped the distribution of 'speed gene' types over time and in different racing regions,"...
  • Another Obama campaign promise dies; He approves horse slaughter for food

    12/01/2011 12:45:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 47 replies
    IBD ^ | 12/1/11 | staff
    While you were preparing for Thanksgiving and President Obama was sparing the life of a couple of photo op turkeys, he also approved legislation that will result in the domestic slaughter of thousands of horses every year for human food. For the past half-decade the relatives of Flicka, Black Beauty and Seabiscuit have been spared the domestic livestock disassembly line -- the quick blow to the head, bleeding, eviscerating, slicing, grinding, packaging and cooking that comes with being edible around hungry Americans or shipped abroad as a delicacy for foreign palates.
  • Congress Reverses Domestic Horse Slaughter Ban

    11/30/2011 3:06:35 PM PST · by girlangler · 34 replies · 2+ views
    The Sierra County Sentinel ^ | 11/30/11 | Etta Pettijohn
    Congress Reverses Domestic Horse Slaughter Ban Federal lawmakers last month quietly found a way to reverse a policy that has devastated the equine industry in recent years and advanced cruel and inhumane treatment of horses nationwide. In 2006 animal rights activists celebrated Congress’s actions to end funding for government inspections at U.S. facilities that slaughtered horses for meat to be exported to Europe and Asian countries. Emotionally driven advertising campaigns funded by national animal welfare groups helped impact public opinion and convince lawmakers that slaughtering and exporting horsemeat was cruel and should be ended. The benevolent move had unintended consequences,...
  • Obama, Congress restore U.S. horse-slaughter industry

    11/30/2011 10:10:26 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Nov. 30, 2011 | Stephen Dinan
    President Obama earlier this month quietly signed into law a spending bill that restores the American horse-slaughter industry, just a few months after a government investigation said the ban on slaughtering for human consumption was backfiring. The agriculture spending bill Mr. Obama signed the week before Thanksgiving did not include a ban on the inspection of horse meat — a backdoor prohibition that had, since 2006, effectively halted the U.S. horse-slaughter industry. In June the Government Accountability Office, Congress’s official investigative branch, released a report saying the ban had shut down U.S. slaughter, but that only depressed prices for horses...
  • Obama Legalizes Horse Slaughter for Human Consumption

    11/30/2011 7:33:57 AM PST · by justlittleoleme · 91 replies
    technorati.com ^ | November 28, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Madeline Bernstein
    In a bipartisan effort, the House of Representatives and the United States Senate approved the Conference Committee report on spending bill H2112, which among other things, funds the United States Department of Agriculture. On November 18th, as the country was celebrating Thanksgiving, President Obama signed a law, allowing Americans to kill and eat horses. Essentially, one turkey was pardoned in the presence of worldwide media while in the shadows, buried under pages of fiscal regulation, millions of horses were sentenced to death.
  • Prehistoric Cave Paintings of Horses Were Spot-On, Say Scientists

    11/08/2011 6:42:22 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Monday, November 07, 2011 | unattributed
    Long thought by many as possible abstract or symbolic expressions as opposed to representations of real animals, the famous paleolithic horse paintings found in caves such as Lascaux and Chauvet in France likely reflect what the prehistoric humans actually saw in their natural environment, suggests researchers who conducted a recent DNA study. To reach this conclusion, scientists constituting an international team of researchers in the UK, Germany, USA, Spain, Russia and Mexico genotyped and analyzed nine coat-color types in 31 pre-domestic (wild) horses dating as far back as 35,000 years ago from bone specimens in 15 different locations spread across...
  • Horses 9, 1 and 1 win on anniversary

    09/13/2011 5:39:54 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    ESPN ^ | September 13, 2011
    NEW YORK -- What are the odds? On the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on Sunday, horses wearing the numbers 9, 1 and 1 won the first three races at Belmont. The New York City track served as one of the staging areas for workers and emergency vehicles in the days following the destruction of the World Trade Center. David Jacobson, the trainer at the stable that owns the first two winners, told the New York Post that the odds "were probably about a million to one." Actually, the pick three paid $18.60 for a $2 bet. Lottery...
  • Antarctica’s Meat-Eating Horses, part 2: Unlikely Equestrian Allies

    09/06/2011 7:18:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Explorersweb ^ | Aug 31, 2011
    n part one of 'South Pole Ponies - The Forgotten Story of Antarctica’s Meat-Eating Horses' posted yesterday we met Frederick George Jackson's favorite mare, Brownie, who ate polar bear meat and Socks who en route to the South Pole became the first known horse to consume meat together with a human, Shackleton, demonstrating that both species are omnivores. In this final part CuChullaine O'Reilly shares another piece of little known polar history. "In stark contrast to modern dogma," O'Reilly writes, "which insists that it was a race to the Pole that pitted British man-haulers against more competent Norwegian dog-sledders, there...