Why cutting off the tail off someone's horse used to be a huge insult

During the Middle Ages, horses were a symbol of wealth, power — and manliness. So, if you really, really, wanted to hurt a guy, you could hit him where it hurt the most — by cutting off his horse's tail. » 2/10/14 2:20pm 2/10/14 2:20pm

Ancient merchants are responsible for modern horse genetics

Thousands of years ago, a vast trade route called the Silk Road stretched from China all the way to Turkey and into Europe. Now it appears that modern horses are the result of trades and treks on this route. » 9/17/13 4:00pm 9/17/13 4:00pm

Researchers have shattered the record for oldest genome ever sequenced

Scientists at the University of Copenhagen have sequenced DNA from a prehistoric ancestor of horses that lived 700,000 years ago, making it far and away the oldest genome ever sequenced. » 6/28/13 4:30pm 6/28/13 4:30pm

Woman absolutely definitely undeniably gives birth to a horse in Nigeria

Good news, media consumer! We've hit our daily annual quota of hysterical equine pregnancy stories for 2012! Time to bust out the Alizé and salt licks! » 9/17/12 12:35pm 9/17/12 12:35pm

The real-life My Little Ponies were creepy and magnificent beasts

Most My Little Pony dolls — save the limited edition commemorative Alien 3 models — boast lustrous, improbably long manes. And back in the late 1800s, Linus the Wonder Horse and his hirsute progeny wowed carnival-goers across America. But who was this "Samson among equines?" » 8/16/12 8:10am 8/16/12 8:10am

How long ago did we finish domesticating horses?

From Black Beauty to My Little Pony: Frienship is Magic, humans have an ongoing love affair with horses (and their smaller pony cousins). But not too long ago, the wild creatures that became horses looked considerably different. » 5/09/12 12:40pm 5/09/12 12:40pm

10 striking geographical locales abandoned by humans (and reclaimed by…

To paraphrase everyone's favorite chaos theorist from Jurassic Park, "Life finds a way." Indeed, that old chestnut is applicable to the following ten destinations, where animals have found a home in areas humans once tread. Remember, if you want to keep poachers out of your nature preserve, surround it with land mines. » 9/28/11 10:00am 9/28/11 10:00am

Marijuana harvesting in Kyrgyzstan sometimes involves naked horseback…

The Chu Valley between Kyrgyzstan and Kazkhstan is the home to an extremely hardy type of marijuana that resisted Soviet-era efforts to stamp it out. Law-breaking marijuana farmers in the region harvest the crop normally, but they also procure their stick-icky using a tried and true method that's been around for… » 9/10/11 9:35am 9/10/11 9:35am

Quite possibly the most magical Amazon product description ever

This honor goes to the book Deadly Equines: The Shocking True Story of Meat-Eating and Murderous Horses by CuChullaine O'Reilly. The product description reads as such: » 9/03/11 3:10pm 9/03/11 3:10pm

Can you guess what these terrifying 19th century inventions were used…

Look at those two devices above. Both devices are from the late 1800s and electrified, and I wouldn't wish either of them upon my worst enemy. Can you determine what they are? Your prize will be knowledge and horror. » 5/18/11 12:15pm 5/18/11 12:15pm

Horsey Potter and the horrors of equine cosplay

As if it wasn't bad enough that people force their dogs to dress as their favorite scifi and fantasy characters, now horse owners can subject their animals to costumed humiliation. Matching riders' outfits sold separately. » 5/28/10 9:00am 5/28/10 9:00am

The 50 Million Dollar Dame. Episode 4.

Oh, Sarah, Sarah. It's you who are truly transgressive and powerful—why else would you be strapped to a gurney for much of this episode? It's you who are the true bionic ballbuster, as you so capably showed tonight—unlike that weak sister, Jaime Sommers, who needs boss man Antonio to tell her what to do. Then again,… » 10/17/07 10:51pm 10/17/07 10:51pm