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 By Winniefield Park   •   30th Dec 2018   •   588 views   •   0 comments
The line in the song may have been “Wake me up when September ends…” but I think if I had to choose, I’d like to nap my way through January. But then, there are headlines like these to keep my interested - or make me want to stick my head back under my pillow.

Go Queen!
This is how I want to be when I grow up. Minus the head-kerchief of course. At 92, Queen Elizabeth still enjoys a hack around the castle grounds. She never wears a helmet anymore. Apparently, from what I read, it takes quite a bit of time to style her highness’s hair, hence the headscarf. You can’t be a queen with helmet hair I guess and with her schedule, you can’t sit around too long while your hair is being coiffed.



Trump
President Trump pats a horse’s rump, and the internet goes nuts. Well, for a while. Someone should have cautioned him on how to approach a horse. We will give him credit for reaching out to the horse kindly if not wisely.



Horse Hair Cut
Stories like these frequently pop up on news feeds. Owners go out to check their horses to find make or tail apparently ‘chopped’ off. While it’s possible someone who wanted hair for a wig or a craft might take some off a horse, chance are it’s either been rubbed off, or chewed off by cattle, sheep or goats. All of these animals while chomp on a horse’s tail or mane.



Horse Hotel
Edmonton Chateau Lacombe Hotel welcomed an unusual guest in the lead up to the annual Grey Cup (football game). Tuffy was trailered into the city and with the help of an honor guard playing the bagpipes was ridden into the hotel with a football official onboard. From there, Tuffy was led through the ball room and into the front lobby where she appeared to ask for lodging at the desk. Tuffy is an honorary name used since 1948 when the tradition of bringing a horse into a hotel as a sign of western hospitality to the Grey Cup fans first began. Yes, she went in led by people in tall furry hats, flapping kilts, playing the bagpipes. Good horse. Good horse.



Pony Rides
Pony rides seem to come under the critical glare of lots of animals rights types. And, perhaps the worst of them might deserve it. But, proper animal handling aside, a lot of the hype comes from how headlines are worded. For example, Carousel In China Slammed For Using Real Horses sounds pretty alarming. But, when you watch the video of the carousel, it’s really no different from the pony rides we often see at fairs and markets. In fact, the riders of these carousel ponies are wearing helmets and the ponies appear to be well fed, tacked up nicely and some have humans walking alongside. China is known for a cruel fur trade, weird potions containing animal parts, cooking live fish and other animal welfare atrocities. So, I’m not sure what is so offensive about this.

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