The Near Side: This Week in Horses – October 16, 2015


Hello and happy Friday, everyone! Here’s what’s been happening in the horse world this week.

  • A young rider in Michigan who is hospitalized for a rare form of arthritis got a surprise visit from the barn. Some of her equestrian teammates showed up at the hospital with a pair of ponies to cheer her up.
  • If you have a minute, take some time to read the full story of Rocky, a horse who was hit by a car after he was believed to be abandoned on the side of the road. So many kind-hearted people have worked together for Rocky’s rescue and recovery. It’ll make you feel good about humanity.
  • Rocky
  • A horse named Orchid, who was believed her caretakers at Remus Horse Sanctuary to be the world’s oldest-living horse, died this week. Remus was also home to Shayne, a horse said to be 51 years old at the time of his death and believed to be the previous record holder. If this seems like a strange coincidence, bear in mind that these ages are estimates.
  • Orchid
  • Another incredible rescue, this time of a Shire cross who was saved from drowning after he got stuck in a bog. Check out the incredible photos from the Western Morning News.
  • Does your horse need a little extra space? Do you have some extra pocket change? This 500,000-acre ranch in Texas could be yours for a mere $725 million.
  • The nearly month-long All-American Quarter Horse Congress is taking place right now in Ohio, and it has something for pretty much any horse lover. This year, the show has added a division for riders with disabilities.

That’s it for this week. Have a good 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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