The Near Side: This Week in Horses — September 18, 2015


Hello and happy Friday, everyone! Here are some conversation starters for your group trail ride this weekend.

  • My favorite story of the week is about this Morgan horse in Amish country who has charmed tellers at the local bank into giving him sugar cubes every time his owner takes him through the drive-up banking window. I think my horse would be terrified by a pneumatic tube, but he’d get over it pretty quickly once he learned there was sugar inside for him.
  • This is so Lancaster County …This adorable horse eagerly awaits his sugar cube treats from tellers when he rolls up to the Intercourse branch of Susquehanna Bank.>>

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  • The legality of riding your horse while intoxicated seems to vary by state and circumstance. Just to be on the safe side, maybe don’t do it. The police don’t care if your “horse knows the way home” or not.
  • Congrats to Scottish rider Scott Brash and Hello Sanctos for being the first-ever winners of show jumping’s Rolex Grand Slam.
  • In this week’s stolen horse news:
  • And finally, you can take your horse anywhere in Ireland, it seems. HorseChannel’s Cari Jorgensen brings us some apparently unrelated cases of horses showing up where horses don’t belong in Ireland. Good times.

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

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Leslie Potter is a graduate of William Woods University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Equestrian Science with a concentration in saddle seat riding and a minor in Journalism/Mass Communications. She is currently a writer and photographer in Lexington, KY.Potter worked as a barn manager and riding instructor and was a freelance reporter and photographer for the Horsemen's Yankee Pedlar and Saddle Horse Report before moving to Lexington to join Horse Illustrated as Web Editor from 2008 to 2019. Her current equestrian pursuits include being a grown-up lesson kid at an eventing barn and trail riding with her senior Morgan gelding, Snoopy.



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