Today, Main Street. Tomorrow, Head of the Lake. Four-star rider Natalie Rooney’s daughter parades her steed, er, reindeer, in the Woodland Holiday Parade in Woodland, Calif. Her mom’s horse, Jedi, was also in the parade, along with seven other antler-clad equines pulling a sleigh (Natalie’s truck). After the North Pole, Jedi hopes to head to Rolex.
That’s what you get for eating Seabiscuit. Meat from horses used in French pharmaceutical labs accidentally landed on French dinner plates. Authorities arrested 21 people in a pre-dawn raid, which busted a network of vets, computer experts and others who allegedly worked together to fake documents that allowed the horses to be processed as food. [ABC News]
Yo Eventing Nation wraps. Chillax, no need to rhyme. Just wrap your horse’s legs in the most creative way possible to celebrate the season and the invention of STAYONS Instant Poultice Wraps from Hamilton BioVet. To enter, snap a pic of your wrap job (must include one legitimate horse leg) and sent it to [email protected] by midnight tonight. We’ll post our favorites, then your vote selects the top three who get a prize pack from Hamilton Biovet. [Wrap Your Horse’s Legs Presented by Hamilton BioVet]
As if you need another reason to head to Ocala in February: The USEA presents the 2014 Instructors’ Certification Program Symposium on Feb 10 and 11 at Longwood Farm South. This year’s symposium features dressage with Jacqueline Brooks and show jumping with Aaron Vale. [USEA]
Horsey onesies not so snuggly. At least their customer service reps aren’t. Horse and Hound sadly relays reports of customer service rep rudeness unleashed on people trying to buy the fleecy one-piece outfits. Apparently, horses across the U.K. are still waiting for their $240 loungewear months after their people forked out the $240. And we thought those French horses had it bad. [H&H]
Mary & Joseph use protection. (Not like it made a difference last time.) British press has been buzzing about how the children who played Mary and Joseph, aged 8 and 5, in a church nativity play were required to wear helmets. The owner of the donkeys used in the production insisted on the helmets, which were easily hidden by the kids’ costumes. Newspapers ran headlines like “Elf and Safety forces Mary to ride on donkey with hard hat.” [Horsetalk.co.nz]
SmartPak Product of the Day. Jingle bells – for safety dashing through the snow or anywhere else. SmartPak’s got Heavy Duty Bell Boots with double velcro for $19.95. The hook and loop tabs are sewn down for extra strength. The boots don’t jingle, but the change in your wallet will after not spending a ton on these necessities.
Video of the Day: In case holiday shopping doesn’t already make your head spin, whoa ho ho: