The Near Side: This Week in Horses – June 26, 2015


Hello and happy Friday, everyone! Here’s what you can talk about with your barn friends this weekend.

    • I’m starting off on a not-so-happy note because I think this is important. GoFundMe crowdfunding campaigns are all over Facebook and a lot of them are for genuinely good causes. But do your homework before donating or sharing these things. In New York, a man convicted of neglecting his horses has started a campaign to raise $50,000 to get his horses back. Donor beware.



    • Summer has barely started, but it’s important to think ahead. How will you heat your home this winter? Have you considered using horse manure? The government of Finland has.





    • The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office in Florida has eight horses in its mounted unit: Honor; Patriot; Major; Legacy; Sentinel; Valor; Justice: and…Charlie? Poor Charlie. Anyway, they’re looking for a name for the ninth member of the herd, and they’re taking votes from the public.





Unlikeliest Hero


  • Speaking of donkeys, this donkey-ear latte foam art pretty much made my day. Share the joy.


That’s it for this week. Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

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  1. good round up of info good luck to lost Arabian and I like the name Charlie but if it must be changed why not Sargent or Chief

  2. First hearing about using horse dung for energy sounded gross until I learned the benefits of it. What a Eco friendly way to make energy!


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