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Polo Fades in India on the Backs of Endangered Ponies | New York Times

Polo Fades in India on the Backs of Endangered Ponies  |  New York Times | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it
The decline of polo and of the Manipuri pony, which was once used in warfare and is now endangered, began when state patronage for polo players ended, around the time of India’s annexation of Manipur.
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Polo looks different in India. This interesting article in today's New York Times looks at once back to the past--to the origins of the sport in India--and ahead, to the possible demise of the sport there, as the trademark Manipuri pony, vital to the sport, is disappearing from both the landscape and the polo field.

 

Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist has written a short but informative article that is illustrated with a 15-image slideshow showing the sport of polo in a light far from the way you'd see it shown here.

 

Worth a look and a thought and a prayer for the ponies.

 

Click on the bold headline or image to open the story on the New York Times website. Follow @Fran Jurga  on Twitter for more horse-related news.

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Art and Inspiration: Shhh! Midnight Barn Check with Photographer Charlotte Dumas -- The Jurga Report

Art and Inspiration: Shhh! Midnight Barn Check with Photographer Charlotte Dumas -- The Jurga Report | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

Forget about EHV, shedding horses, snowstorms and The Sequester. Come with Dutch photographer Charlotte Dumas as she explores the quiet intimacy of sleeping horses in an exhibit currently running in New York City.


We all know the peace of a late night in a barn full of horses. Many of us can find out way around our barns without turning the lights on. The sounds, the smells and now the sight of sleeping, dozing horses are part of bonding in our roles as caregivers.


Charlotte goes there, takes us with her, and stuns us with her proximity to some of the most important horses in the USA: The caisson horses--mostly Lipizzaners--used for military funerals at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington DC.


Click on the headline to read the full article, including a video of the original, larger exhibit, on The Jurga Report.

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VIDEO: Firefighters Rescue California Horse from Barn Loft

VIDEO: Firefighters Rescue California Horse from Barn Loft | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

Sacramento Metro firefighters and members of the University of California at Davis Veterinarian Medical Response team rescued a horse from the second story of a hay loft on Christmas Eve.


@FranJurga writes: This time of year, we hear abour horses falling through thin ice, floundering through swimming pool covers, or being marooned by blizzards.


But here's a rescue of an entirely different sort, as a California horse tested the problem-solving skills of the rescue crew.


Click on the headline or image to watch the video and read the article.


Read lots more about horse rescue in the archives of The Jurga Report, a news-filled horse health and welfare blog for Equus Magazine on equiesearch.com.

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Horses, rhinos come to air cargo's aid in recession | Reuters

Horses, rhinos come to air cargo's aid in recession | Reuters | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Milano de Flore, waiting dozily at Frankfurt airport for a flight to Buenos Aires after competing in the London Olympics, had no idea how important he is to the air freight business.


Lufthansa Cargo, the freight arm of Germany's leading airline Deutsche Lufthansa transports around 100 million live animals per year, almost as many as the number of passengers served by parent Lufthansa.


@FranJurga writes: I loved this article, which explains the rise of equine air cargo, and the entry of Emirates Air to the international carrier list. I'd love to learn more about air transport of horses. Am I the only one who is interested in this aspect of the international horse world?


Click the bold headline or photo to read the article on the Reuters web site.


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I’ll Have Another Controversy Sets Stage for Today’s Senate Hearing on Medication and Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Thoroughbred Racehorses | The Jurga Report

I’ll Have Another Controversy Sets Stage for Today’s Senate Hearing on Medication and Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Thoroughbred Racehorses | The Jurga Report | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

Today’s news, shared early yesterday by the New York Times, suggests that Doug O’Neill knew throughout the horse’s preparation for the Belmont that his horse was unsound. The story stated that the horse had been diagnosed with osteoarthritis after a post-Preakness set of radiographs and that two days before the Belmont “the colt was injected with two powerful painkillers as well as a synthetic joint fluid”.


The allegations came on the eve of a US Senate Commerce Committee hearing investigating the use of medication and performance-enhancing drugs in racing.


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Officials struggling to identify virus as people report developing lesions seen in horses - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Officials struggling to identify virus as people report developing lesions seen in horses - Australian Broadcasting Corporation | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

"The Western Australia Health Department is playing down fears a mystery horse virus has been contracted by humans and a vet treating the horses says nobody should be alarmed.


"At least 18 horses on four properties in the Swan Valley and South West have developed small solid lumps on their mouths.


"People who have had contact with the horses have also reported they have developed similar lesions in their mouths."


Click on the headline or image to read the full article.


@FranJurga writes: This is a classic "please don't be alarmed, but..." story. Two weeks ago, an ABC report detailed the mysterious symptoms in the horses and said there was no danger of it being contagious to humans. But what is it? This is a story worth following!

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Kentucky State Veterinarian Office Keeps an Eye (and writes a report) on EHV-1 in Florida -- Kentucky Horse Council

Kentucky State Veterinarian Office Keeps an Eye (and writes a report) on EHV-1 in Florida -- Kentucky Horse Council | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

@FranJurga writes: The Kentucky Horse Council has shared a report from Rusty Ford in the Kentucky State Veterinarian's office on the details of the EHV situation in Florida.


Kentucky is being diligent about the Florida cases out of respect for the large number of horses in that state, and also because so many of the horses affected by the outbreak in Florida will break camp at the end of March...and the Kentucky Horse Park shows and other events or destinations in the state may be their next stop.


Click on the image or headline to read the full report on the Kentucky Horse Council web site.


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Equine Herpes Virus Outbreaks in Utah and Illinois; Four Horses Dead

Equine Herpes Virus Outbreaks in Utah and Illinois; Four Horses Dead | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

A single barn of horses is under quarantine and two horses are dead after positive tests for Equine Herpes Virus at Hawthorne Race Course in Illinois, according to updated reports in the Daily Racing Form.


Further west, two additional horses have been euthanized in Utah.


Click on the big bold headline or on the image to read the full article, with official information from Utah state animal health officials.


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Horse Slaughter: Australia set to export wild donkey meat and edible skins to China

Horse Slaughter: Australia set to export wild donkey meat and edible skins to China | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

"The State Government says Queensland could reap millions from a "donkey deal" with China, that would see the joke of the animal kingdom exported for food and traditional medicine.


"Primary Industries and Fisheries Minister Tim Mulherin said China had signed a trade protocol with Queensland authorities allowing the export of wild donkey meat and edible skins for the first time.


"As well as allowing Queensland producers to get their mojo back in tough economic times, Mr Mulherin said the deal was likely to put romance in the air in China, where donkey skin is used to boost libido in traditional medicine."


Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/queensland-to-become-the-ass-end-of-australia-20090622-csw6.html#ixzz24rRGcSOk


@FranJurga writes: This article gives you an idea of the range of perceptions about feral equines and equine slaughter, in general, in different parts of the world.



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