Horses in the News

In memorium: ‘Run Shadowfax, show us the meaning of haste’

Blanco, horse that played Shadowfax in The Lord of the Rings.

Blanco, who played Shadowfax in 'Lord of the Rings', is gone. He was a beauty. Read the full story from his owner, Cynthia Royal, who valiantly tried to cure his mystery illness. The horses are among my favorite actors in Peter Jackson's 'Lord of the Rings' movies. Bill the Pony reminds me of a certain other, similarly-named horse, Billy the Morgan. Trivia: 'Lord of the Rings' could have used an equestrian continuity editor for scenes akin to when Aragorn was nudged and helped up by his horse, Brego, one moment in a bitless headstall, the next in a bit. Below, our Billy watching himself in the mirror. Click on the photo to see our album of all the other horses and what they learned last June at the Jackie Johnson horse trick-training clinic.

Billy the Morgan watches himself in the mirror - Jackie Johnson horse trick-training clinic - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521

Horse park staff: Heroes to the community

Brian Curry - Vice President - Colorado Horse Park
Brian Curry had all the barn staff out with the water trucks and drags creating a fire break.
“It is that kind of thing – all staff members are willing to step up, every single one of them. They are all multi-talented and multi-tasked. We are very lucky.”

- Helen Krieble, founder and President of The Colorado Horse Park

One of the marks of a successful organization: When everybody considers it routine to go the extra mile. Read the full story.

If the shoe fits, print it

"We know that 3D printing has the potential to create so many advanced biomedical products, but rehabilitation of horses has been a completely new area of work..."
-- John Barnes, 3D printing expert,
 Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

Cool idea. I especially liked the video that showed how the 3D "printing" was actually done. Still, based on the expensive look of the equipment and the experts, I'd say our little Bonnie will have to stick with her existing founder-survivor treatments, which are working well.

Read the full announcement and see the CSIRO video.

Slaughterhouses can begin exporting horsemeat by year's end

"Congress appears to be the last resort for animal rights groups. Some states have outlawed slaughtering horses for human consumption but getting a bill -- any bill -- through Congress is fraught with uncertainty in today's political climate."
-- James R. Hood,

So glad I am not on the list of species you can slaughter and ship. I've always felt somehow more civilized because I don't eat horses. Click here to read the latest on the horse slaughter saga in the United States.

Horse community: Your chance to have your voice heard

The American Horse Council is asking its member organizations, their members and the entire horse community to help in the drafting of the 2015 National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) Equine Study, which is in the preparation stages now. NAHMS is within the U. S. Department of Agriculture and is working with the National Agricultural Statistics Service to prepare for its Equine 2015 study.

The horse industry's input is essential if this study is to address the priorities and questions the horse community has about itself. All organizations should pass this request on to their members so that as many horse owners, breeders and stakeholders can participate in the preparation of the 2015 study goals. This important study can go a long way in filling out information gaps in equine industry data. NAHMS is seeking Input through the end of 2013, so please act now.

The AHC stresses that the horse community has the opportunity to help determine the objectives of the study by identifying what information it would like to know about itself. Please take a few minutes now to complete a 5-minute survey at: This will help ensure that this is the best study possible. The survey is intended to identify the specific information that members of the horse community deem valuable Surveys must be completed by December 31, 2013. NAHMS will use the survey results to draft the parameters of its 2015.

This will be NAHMS' third national study of the equine industry. It is scheduled to begin in summer 2015. The study is conducted every ten years; the last one was in 2005. Results of previous NAHMS equine studies are available at:

Any comments or questions can be addressed to Dr. Josie Traub-Dargatz at 970-494-7261 or

Horses heal veterans who are hurting

"I really got into some dark places after I got back and pretty much had no friends and no one around."
- Sergeant Michael Buccieri, veteran

Read the details of how a horse therapy program helped this veteran:

Read also: To our true leaders, those who put their lives on the line for their people ...

Got Halloween?


Angel devil in all of us - Halloween - Poudre River Stables - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521
A little of the angel and devil in all of us ...



Cow - Halloween - Poudre River Stables - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521
Is it "neigh" or is it "moo"?



Magician - Halloween - Poudre River Stables - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521
All in a day's work for our resident magician and her magic horse ...



Rainbow of feathers - Halloween - Poudre River Stables - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521
A rainbow of feathers for Billy Blue, one of our Morgans.



Snow white - Halloween - Poudre River Stables - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521
Snow White and her minions ...

Planning a horse-themed party? Try these ideas:

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Giraffes, zebras, fairies ... oh my!

Happy Halloween from all of us!


Northern Colorado Back Country Horsemen's list of ways to help equine flood victims

The Northern Colorado Back Country horsemen distributed this email to all their members, suggesting ways we can help our equine flood victims:

The way we went from severe drought to record level rains and flooding is really something.  Please continue to pray for balance for our Mother Earth and all of her inhabitants. 

It just doesn't feel right to do a normal newsletter right now so I thought we'd just send out a list of resources where you may be able volunteer your time or send donations or whatever feels right to you.   

The website:  Help Colorado Now is a wealth of resources for the many cities, towns, rural areas, animals, people and more ...... 

They have a wide range of organizations who are providing assistance in many ways.  They keep the site updated with new organizations and new needs too.  

To help with the lost animals who need to be reunited with their families the Facebook page,  Colorado Disaster Wildfire / Flood Lost & Found Pets & Livestock serves part of that need. 

And to help provide hay to those who are in need is Colorado Horsecare Food bank:  

Plus a direct line into Estes Park, 979-577-3974  to get help or to give help.   

Plenty of places to put forth any energy you are feeling compelled to offer.