So, dilemma, you guys! My friends and I are planning a trip this summer to Montana. Big sky country, blah blah blah. Everybody — even my fellow vegan boyfriend — wants to go to a rodeo. Rodeos really make me uncomfortable, and before you assume I’m just assuming they’re terrible, I’ve been to rodeos in both Texas and New Jersey. Yes, I know they’re not as bad as bullfights, but I still don’t like the idea of animals being used for “entertainment” purposes. And while perhaps not as many animals die in rodeos, they’re certainly hurt and maimed for the sake of “sport.” Keep reading »
For the past couple of weeks, there’s been a major scandal brewing, regarding the use of horse meat in food products that were advertised as beef. Horse meat was found in meatballs at Ikea (the company says only its European stores); at British Taco Bells; and some meat in supermarket freezers in Ireland and Britain.
For me, it seemed like not really a big deal. As you all probably know by now, I’m a self-righteous vegan (that was sarcastic). I’ve been vegetarian for more than 20 years and vegan just this past year, and so my perspective is “meat is meat is meat.” As someone who doesn’t equivocate when it comes to animals, for me, eating pigs or cows is just as absurd as eating horses or, I don’t know, pegacorns. So when I saw people freaking out about the idea that horse meat might be in their tacos and gourmet Ikea Swedish meatballs (and seriously, those meatballs are likely made of equal parts horse and particle board), I was like whaaaaa? Keep reading »
As much as we love dogs and cats, there are a whole lot of other animals out there — and they love celebrating Halloween, too. There’s a bunch of horses, rabbits, chickens, goats and ferrets who can’t wait to go trick-or-treating, and we’ve collected a few photos of some of the very best costumes.
I love how Mr. Ed coordinated his jeans with his bridle. [That's So Ratchet]
Are you a horse girl? I’m a horse girl. And in another life, I would do what photographer Becky Standridge does. She spends her days in Arizona’s Tonto National Forest, documenting the wild horses that live there and helping to catalog the herd and its migration patterns. One day, while watching the horses, she managed to capture a dramatic water rescue on film. “People think horses don’t have a soul,” says Standridge. “But the soul of a horse is much bigger than man knows.” [AZ Central]
Question: Is this a costume you can buy a the Horse Costume Store? I’m assuming there’s a horse costume store, of course. Otherwise, kudos to the owners of these horses for creating such a wonderful, affecting Harry-alike. Also, is there some magic Venn Diagram showing how Horse Girls and Harry Potter fans overlap? I’d like to see that. Either way, click to see a couple more Potter-some horses. Keep reading »
Meet Alfie, the horse with the rare mustache. When this stallion’s ‘stache started to sprout, his groomer tried to trim him but Alfie refused, bolting across the stable to avoid the scissors. “It was bizarre when I first saw it and my first inkling was we need to shave it off. But he does not let you anywhere near it … He is a very headstrong horse and he is very proud of his mustache,” she said of her decision to honor Alfie’s wishes to let his mo grow. I am totally digging his ‘stache. It would be a shame to see it go. I say, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him shave.” [Metro UK] Keep reading »
Selena Gomez sure is stirring up some controversy this week. Yesterday, she smooched suspected beau Justin Bieber at the Billboard Music Awards, making tweenage girls everywhere swell with rage. And on Friday, she shot the video for “Love You Like a Love Song” in Malibu which features … pink horses. Selena’s rep says that no animals were harmed in the making of the video, but Pink was still not pleased. She tweeted, “If there are any animal activists around Malibu—at Leo Cabrillo State Beach—there are horses being painted for a stupid music video. Shame.” Personally, I am way more concerned by the fact that her love interest in the video has way too long hair and is wearing fringed pants. Check him out after the jump. Keep reading »
Bless you, Lisa Frank, for helping me build my unicorn sticker collection and making sure my school supplies were covered with the mythical, rainbow-colored creatures. I know I was not alone in my girlhood unicorn fantasy. Most young girls indulge in some kind of animal enthusiasm. But some experts think there’s a deeper reason for this. Engaging in an obsession, with unicorns, horses, or dolphins specifically, may help young girls become strong women. Why? They help us claim our power. “They’re all active, they’re all sources of power and motion and transformation … these are all borderland creatures; gateway animals to other worlds. They help us imagine wonderful other ways of being in the world. They let us be cowgirls and oceanographers and mermaids and princesses,” says scientist Laurel Braitman. Find out what important qualities each animal represents after the jump. Keep reading »
Nobody saw it coming, but look, your boyfriend loves being a horse. Now he won’t stop prancing–he’s even started showering with Mane & Tail. You’re probably going to leave him. [YouTube
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