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Save a Forgotten Equine – Support S.A.F.E.

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Since 2005, Save a Forgotten Equine (SAFE) in Washington, U.S.A. has been rescuing and rehabilitating horses that have been starved, neglected, abused or are unwanted.   S.A.FE. has formal agreements in place with Animal Control agencies in King, Pierce and Skagit counties to support their fight to protect horses in this region.   Please visit their wonderful website and do what you can to help horses.

Save a Forgotten Equine  click HERE

 

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Other must read Posts about S.AF.E.  & Horses are below 

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If you love Horses, please support S.A.F.E.

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In memory of Grace

Can a Horse feel Guilt ?

Przewalski’s Horse & IUCN Conservation Status

Przewalski's Horse

Photo by Jessie Cohen, Smithsonian National Zoological Park photographer

Click below for good information and pictures.

http://www.desertusa.com/animals/przewalski-horse.html

Przewalski’s Horses, Przewalski’s Horse Pictures, Przewalski’s Horse Facts – National Geographic.

Click below for Conservation status by the IUCN – International Union for Conservation of Nature.

http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/details/41763/0

Horses in Movies – Phar Lap, War Horse & Others

Some of the horse movies that I have watched are listed below.

  1. Black Beauty
  2. National Velvet
  3. Phar Lap
  4. Sea Biscuit
  5. Secretariat
  6. The Black Stallion
  7. The Man from Snowy River

My favourite animated movie with horses in it is “Spirit, Stallion of the Cimarron”.

The Man from Snowy River was filmed in 1982 in the mountains of Victoria, Australia.  It was partly based upon the poem by A.B. (Banjo) Patterson, which you can read by clicking on the link below the movie poster below.

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 Click here to read the poem “The Man from Snowy River”

To hear the theme music to “The Man from Snowy River” on this site, watch the

Olympics video  here

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What is “Horsepower”?

The term “horsepower” has its origins in the days when horses were integral to the successful activities of human beings.

Horsepower is defined as work done over time. The exact definition of one horsepower is 33,000 lb.ft./minute. Put another way, if you were to lift 33,000 pounds ( or 14,968 kilogram) one foot over a period of one minute, you would have been working at the rate of one horsepower. In this case, you’d have expended one horsepower-minute of energy.

Compared to one horsepower, my physical effort is very feeble.  I can pick up a box weighing 15 kg from the ground and raise it two feet off the ground in a second or two.  Multipy that out to cover 60 seconds, and it means perhaps something like 900 kg one foot or more over one minute.  In other words, if I am interpreting things correctly, my work capacity is 6 percent ( 900 divided by 14,968 ) of what one horse can do, in the example pictured below.


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Horses in the Lord of the Rings

Who likes the movie and the book, “Lord of the Rings”? Apparently, no animals were harmed in the making of the awesome trilogy which was filmed in beautiful New Zealand. There are lots of horses in the movie and here are the findings of some research that I have done on the horse or equine actors.

The Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers
The Return of the King

Arod – played by Percy

Arod was ridden by Legolas in the movie, and played by a Percheron cross stallion, called Percy. Orlando Bloom, whom played Legolas (and is my favourite character in the movie) said that Percy was the friendlest horse on the set.

Asfaloth – played by Florian

WARWICK SMITH/Manawatu Standard – Jane puting Florian through a skipping routine at Foxton racecourse, in February 2008

Ridden by Arwen, although in the book, this horse was ridden by Glorfindel, a male elf. In the famous scene in the movie, The Fellowship of the Ring, where the Ringwraiths chase her, the horse is ridden by Arwen’s stunt double, Jane Abbott. The horse that played Asfaloth is a magnificent Andalusian stallion called Florian. Viggo Mortensen, whom played Aragorn, fell in love with some of the horses on the set, and because Jane had such a bond with Florian and expressed a wish to keep him, Viggo actually bought the stallion outright and gifted him to Jane without any monetary recompense!   See   THIS LINK   here more information.


Bill the Pony – played by two horses (and my favourite horse character in the movie)

Bill the Pony, the hobbit horse, was played by two horses -Shane, a Quarter Horse, and Rastus, a Shetland Pony.

See this   link   here for information about the fate of Bill in the movie (warning: if you haven’t watched the movies yet, you might not want to know)


Brego – played by Uraeus

Brego was called Roheryn in the book, and is the steed of Aragorn. It is Brego who lies down, to allow Aragorn to clamber onto his back, in the famous scene where Aragorn is wounded. Brego is played by a Dutch warmblood stallion called Uraeus, and Viggo Mortensen, whom played Aragorn, loved Uraeus so much, he bought him after the movie!

See this link for more information.  UPDATE:  The March 2003 HorseWyse magazine says that a stunt horse, Brownie, did the scene where Aragorn clambers onto the horse’s back!!

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