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Horses at work and at play

The 2008 Breeders' Cup World Championships were held last weekend at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. Horses and jockeys raced 14 championship races of differing grades and surfaces, and prizes totalling $25.5 milllion were awarded. Collected here are photos from the Breeders' Cup, and several others, taking a look at horses in the news around the world recently, at work and at play. (25 photos total)

Jockey Lanfranco Dettori rides Donativum of Great Britain en route to win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf race during the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park October 25, 2008 in Arcadia, California. (Harry How/Getty Images)
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86 comments so far...

Fantastic photos and unique animals. I'm enjoying with your photos.

Posted by Kaiser October 27, 08 12:20 PM

A lovely tribute to such beautiful animals.
The wild horse in photo #21 is my favorite; the composition is fantastic.

Posted by Content in a Cottage October 27, 08 12:22 PM

Sadly, the only really happy-looking horse is the wild one.

Beautiful photojournalism.

Posted by Suzanne October 27, 08 12:22 PM

I like the eye of the horse and the water drops, really nice pictures as always.

Posted by Richi October 27, 08 12:27 PM

When I woke up this morning, I did not expect to see a lion riding a horse....


Posted by Geoff October 27, 08 12:49 PM

10 -- Holy crap, how in the world do you train the horse to allow this to happen? Wow.

Posted by MarkH October 27, 08 12:52 PM

Great Great Great! Love the pics! Keep up the good work!

Posted by sakana October 27, 08 01:16 PM

Chasing down Gazelles on horse back is way more efficient than on foot. Any Lion knows that. (Crazy!)

Posted by Curtis October 27, 08 01:19 PM

Horse is maybe the only animal well designed to be ride.

Maybe we can save the earth from the global warming by returning to horse power.

Posted by amertum October 27, 08 01:22 PM

#8 looks like pulled straight out of a dream... or some imaginary place! Wonderful!

Posted by Magzime October 27, 08 01:32 PM

this is realy beautiful, i love houses, they are great animals.

Posted by julia October 27, 08 01:51 PM

the horse in #10 does NOT look happy... Who comes up with these ideas?

Thank you Alan!

Posted by denheels October 27, 08 02:15 PM

Excellent pictures of the most beautiful animal on Earth.I enjoyed watching them.Well done!

Posted by Ismat Wazir October 27, 08 02:44 PM

#10 - Great Picture. Idiotic care-takers. Poor animals.

Posted by W.Hsu October 27, 08 03:02 PM

There's not a single mention of the horse capital of the world, Lexington KY!

Posted by Daniel October 27, 08 04:22 PM

#10 - Lion Cavalry.

Now we're screwed!


Posted by Dez! October 27, 08 04:53 PM

#10 - It sickens me. Only in China, I guess... and hope.

Posted by SMB October 27, 08 05:16 PM

It seems the blog is moving away from current events. You always have great pictures but what really impressed me first about this blog was seeing the Togo King being crowned and the war in Georgia because i had read about these things and the pictures gave a new perspective. Ill come for the pictures but i wish it was steady in giving us current events.

Posted by MonkeyDogCatLizard October 27, 08 06:32 PM

Pic #8 is just about as beautiful a picture as there could be. (As far as the western cowboy type is concerned anyway);-)

Posted by Gravdigr October 27, 08 08:02 PM

I like no.10, A lion rides a horse in a circus show, very much. The lion seems to smile XD.

Posted by choufib October 27, 08 08:31 PM

I love horses

Posted by Juan Rodriguez October 27, 08 09:46 PM

I am not sure on the particulars, but I have heard the farming required to produce food for large herds of horses as well as the CO2 they release is actually higher than one might think. I'm not saying your idea is bad, just that it might not be a perfect as it sounds.

Posted by wynnstate October 28, 08 02:24 AM

It is not important how the horse in pic 10 was trained to carry a lion. It is more important to know how the lion was trained not to eat the damn horse!

Posted by hugo October 28, 08 03:21 AM

Pics # 3, 4, and 15 of Hungarian racing horse, Overdose.
I wanted to write it was too bad you haven't informed the viewers of why Overdose had 3 pictures included, but then I figured, everyone will know His name in a couple of months. Just wait and see! ;-)

And thx!

Posted by TopiG October 28, 08 05:40 AM

Beautiful pictures of beautiful animals. But I can't help but think of the story in the Globe from 9/17 about the trainer from Suffolk Downs and wonder how many of them will be slaughtered for horse meat.

Posted by Shivers October 28, 08 09:36 AM

If this photos are amazing, imagine those have been choosen.

Posted by Miqui October 28, 08 09:49 AM

I love Horses. I love Butterstuff

Posted by Mr. Nice guy October 28, 08 10:02 AM

Awesome. What a lovely set of pics. Thanks!!

Posted by Liz Ireland October 28, 08 10:19 AM

Beautiful photography but that picture of the lion on the horse is horrible. Who comes up with such a twisted idea? Poor horse. Poor Lion. Just sickening.

Posted by Annie October 28, 08 10:32 AM

brilliant photo's would love to know how the chinese trained the lion not to eat its natural prey.

Posted by Kathy Screiber, south africa, Germany October 28, 08 10:59 AM

These are simply gorgeous images with fine detail, drawing you into each one differently, mentally and emotionally! Entertainment is good, no doubt! I grew up with horses, all ages, all breeds and know all aspects of them. Horses are my world; as we all have special passions in life. However, some pics do concern me causing my imagination to wonder how some of those animals were handled-treated getting to those points in life. They can't speak even if you ask if they want to partake in that path you chose for them; fight or flight creatures, and once submissive to humans, it's a beautiful accomplishment, but then they rely on you for safety, love and care; they can only show signs of how they feel. We should put ourselves in the other one's place when making some decisions. I can only hope and pray for the best, safest care given to all humans & animals, everywhere! Enjoyed...Awesome photography!!! :o)

Posted by Ali Horse Lover October 28, 08 11:38 AM

Lovely pics, most of them. The horse riding lion was sickening.

Many Thoroughbreds love to run, and many owners / trainers are ethical people who treat them well, including finding an appropriate home after racing.

Shame on those who don't, you are beginning to face public scrutiny.

Posted by 2Bay_TBs October 28, 08 12:01 PM

Wonderful pictures, especially the one taken on Cumberland, Is. The ferrel horses there were wonderful to see when our family visited our Linda as she served as a Park Ranger there. The little church where John Kennedy was married was one where I put a Bible as they didn't have one and getting to know Lucy Carnegie a little in her old age was quite a blessing. She loved all animals.Thanks for posting these pictures. Everyone have a good day. Sincerely, Rosalie Myers(Mom of Willie)

Posted by Anonymous October 28, 08 01:25 PM

The Hungarian horses are world famous horses....Overdose is fantastic too. Nice photos, thank you!

Posted by initram5 October 28, 08 03:36 PM

@monkeydogcatlizard, I'm pretty sure the 2008 Breeders' Cup IS a current event. Great photos as always.

Posted by Molls October 28, 08 06:16 PM

Lion? On horseback? Kinda Sad. Hope he didn't hurt any one!!! I love the other pics tho! AMAZING...

Posted by Dee Jay October 28, 08 07:02 PM

In photo 19 they are not just riding the horse in the surf, but it is a way to train a horse to accept a rider...looks like great fun.

Posted by Mr.Stubbs October 29, 08 02:22 AM

Re: Photo 10---I bet the Chinese trainers pulled that poor lion's teeth. The horse does NOT look happy either. Whoever thought up this stunt should NEVER be allowed around animals ever again!
Gorgeous photos, though. Especially loved the one where the horse is reflected in dew drops from a leaf.

Posted by Marilyn October 29, 08 07:56 AM

Phone #10 - The lion's front claws have been removed and also probably his teeth. This is beyond digust. I feel sorry for the poor horse and poor lion.

Posted by Rexanne Felton October 29, 08 12:40 PM

When I woke up this morning, the very first thing I asked myself is..."what would it look like if a lion rode a horse?" Well thanks to #10, now I know!!! Way to go, China.

Posted by kevjohn October 29, 08 04:31 PM

I am so glad to see that many of you who posted were concerned about the horse's welfare - especially #10 - I completely agree, poor horse, poor lion. I was trampled by a horse when I was riding and was put on life support and almost died, but I never stopped loving horses and I began riding again this year. I think once you fall in love with these amazing animals, it never, ever disappears...

Posted by Eight Belles October 29, 08 09:56 PM

truly an eye - full of magnificance, these horses. I especially like the photo of the environment surrounding the wild One, the lighting is majestic. thank you

Posted by jackie brummund October 31, 08 02:07 AM

#17 SMB
Yes I feel sorry watching the poor animal in picture #10 too.
But you totally disgusted me with your malicious comment towards China.
If you think improper treatment on animal only happen in China, I'm sorry for your ignorance. Maybe you don't read much.
People like you who takes every chance to attack China make me sick!

Posted by Duan October 31, 08 03:02 AM

Very agree with Duan, i come here to enjoy pictures but when I see the #10 pic, I know some stupid gonna post something about China in the comment. I agree, people who take chance to attack China make me sick too...

Posted by Eugene October 31, 08 02:42 PM

I train horses for a living. Not race horses put pleasure, show and trail. I always am amuzed by uneducated people judging others when the see a photo. Keep in mind a photo is about 1/125th of a second of the subjects life. To say that the animal, person or situation was sad, bad of indifferent only leads me to believe that the animals are much more educated than the readers. I can only assume that this lack of knowledge comes for the liberal universities propagating this behavior. Maybe if you folks went and sat on a horse you could tell when one is sad, mad or indifferent.

Posted by ponyboy November 1, 08 07:40 PM

Absolutely wonderful, inspirational images. As an amateur equestrian photographer but professional equestrian artist, I really appreciate how much an unusual angle or composition can make all the difference. All of the photographers here deserve every accolade. As for all the usual daft anthropomophic ideas in some of the comments here, I can only re-iterate what ponyboy says above. Don't make value judgements until you have all the facts (and personal experience) at your fingertips. Having said that, I can't deny that the primary purpose of photojournalism is to provoke a reaction. These photos certainly do the job in spades...

Posted by sarah November 2, 08 06:51 PM

The horse is one of our most noble animals and should NOT be used as a crowd pleaser. I have no grope with the Chinese whatsoever, but to see the clear discomfort of the horse AND the lion (pic 10), is obscene. For pure gratification, picture 21 beats any other.

Posted by Alan C November 2, 08 06:59 PM

#10 - Lion Cavalry.

Now we're screwed!


Posted by sreekanth November 3, 08 06:25 AM

just beautiful

Posted by Anonymous November 3, 08 12:36 PM

Adorei as Fotos Principalmente a Foto do Leão com o Cavalo!!!

Na foto do cavalo na agua é ramadã ñ ramadão como ta na foto!!!

Posted by Roberto November 4, 08 01:49 PM

Wow, the pic with the lion gives you a better perception of how large a full grown male lion really is.

Posted by T.Combs November 5, 08 12:22 PM

I wish people would educate themselves before making comments!
There are some really uninformed comments here about animals being scared, etc.

I'd say these people are ignorant as defined as "uneducated but I am sure they would probably find that to be offensive.

I think it is offensive that these people reach adulthood thinking they know everything. (Their parents told them so for 18 years).

Posted by Bob Suruncle November 6, 08 10:06 AM

Bob, I agree with you completely. Comments like, "Sadly, the only really happy-looking horse is the wild one", only betray the poster's ignorance. Anyone who's ever spent any serious time riding horses, for any purpose, knows that it's always a team effort and that in general the horse wants to be part of that team. It's in their nature as social creatures. Sure, there are plenty of examples of people treating horses badly, but that's not the point. There are plenty of examples of people treating dogs badly as well, but nobody says, "Sadly, the only really happy-looking dog is the wild one", because they already understand the pack-like nature of the relationship between human and dog. The relationship between human and horse is pretty much the same so folks, before you look at a racehorse and dismiss it as cruel and OMG look at the poor horsey being forced by the evil human to run around the track, step back and recognize that you lack the necessary knowledge and experience to fully understand the dynamics of that relationship.

Posted by Matt November 7, 08 03:26 AM

#10 is just sheer abuse of both the horse and the lion and the owners should be imprisoned.

Posted by dr. Hannibal Lecter November 7, 08 01:20 PM

these pictures are cool!!!

Posted by Anonymous November 11, 08 03:09 PM

As usual, incredible photos. Thank you, very much!

Posted by Frank November 16, 08 05:44 PM

the picture with the eye of the horse is beautiful

Posted by Anonymous November 17, 08 09:09 AM

I think your out of order having a lion on a horese poor thing.

Posted by Demi November 18, 08 08:19 AM


Posted by Paresh vaishnav November 20, 08 12:01 AM

Yeah the horse + lion pic is great (as a photograph).

The subject matter though is sort of a bummer. Horses are some of the most majestic, fastest animals on planet Earth. They are built for speed and endurance. Lions are one of the fiercest animals on Earth with their switchblade claws and their razor teeth. A tamed lion that begs for treats riding on a horse is just- I dunno... cheap. It's like they are knockoffs of the real thing and it's sorta sad to watch. Kind of like elephant rides at fares.

Posted by Jeremy Ricketts November 22, 08 08:10 PM

I love the ones taken on Overdose!!! Very artistic pix on a very special horse! I hope that our winged hero will make it very far! Go, go Dózi!:)

Posted by Pászti Amina November 24, 08 05:17 AM

Totally amazing and incredible photo genius and skill! much enjoyed, thank you!

Posted by marigold November 28, 08 09:31 AM

Pic # 12 is too good. Gr8 job done.

Posted by Farman Ilahi December 2, 08 12:39 AM

my family raises wild horses to release them and they are beautifulllllllll.........!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by shayla December 5, 08 02:24 PM

lets see what would happen if we put the owner in the cage and let the lion ride him then we will be fine i mean come on! Who in their right mind would hurt poor animals ugh!-.-

Posted by katherine December 8, 08 08:04 PM

Good God what was that trainer thinking!! i would not dare to put my horse in there! Thank You marisa

Posted by Marisa Hutson December 15, 08 03:11 PM

water drops hanging from a leaf on a tree reflecting a horse is wild

Posted by joy gilbert, Portland, OR January 23, 09 11:30 PM

The lion riding the horse looks like he is haphazerdly going along for the ride where as the horse is alert, anxious, and wondering how things are going to unfold.

Posted by Joy Gilbert January 23, 09 11:36 PM

What a variety of beautiful candid photos of my favorite animal, the horse!

Posted by Joy Gilbert January 23, 09 11:47 PM

The lion on the horse didn't look so good. The horse looked freaked! Poor things...Too bad people still see horse racing as a good thing. It's not.

Posted by Anonymous February 2, 09 12:43 PM

the horse in 10 looks terrified!

Posted by maddie March 10, 09 08:14 PM

i own my horses.i guess u can do what ever u want with them, but that doesn't mean people have to like it.the one in the water i thought looked the most scared.

Posted by linda March 15, 09 09:02 PM

number 14 is so cute he should be in a cute show thanks Ryanna

Posted by Ryanna March 15, 09 09:41 PM

Horses are truly one of God's greatest creations. I dreamed all of my life of having one of my own. Now I have 5 majestic Paso Pinos and breeding 3 of my mares to two of the finest and most winning Pasos in the world. My girls are all loved and well cared for. They are more than pets they are part of the family and you can tell they are so happy here. If they get out of their stall at night, you will find them in the morning standing at the back door to greet me and follow me back to the barn and go right in their stall. It is all in the way they are treated. Check out Windhorse This is a friend of mine that runs a sanctuary for all animals and only on donations. There are some truly sad stories about her animals.

Posted by Sharon March 16, 09 07:19 AM

why not one person commented about the lipizzaner????Women now allowed to ride them after over 400 years and not one comment???They are the most beautiful horses ever and a beautiful woman should be on top of them!!!

Posted by Sharyn Daniel March 16, 09 11:28 AM

#10 = horse abuse! All the pictures a good way to see diferent cultures and how they "use" horses....I guess. Beautiful pictures. Also #9 sure was a brave photographer!

Posted by Patti March 16, 09 01:44 PM

when i saw the riding school in spain (vienna) i just knew i wanted to come here i feel ever so luck to be here and hope you might try and come too its amazing i always loved horses but here i discovered how much !

Posted by horselover March 19, 09 02:47 PM


Posted by cassy April 15, 09 09:55 PM

i love horses.

Posted by tal April 21, 09 09:27 AM

las militares en caballo las mas guarras

Posted by tonga April 29, 09 11:48 PM

i ride horses it is so awesome i want to try down at the beach sometime

Posted by nicole May 10, 09 01:24 PM

hi all your horses are great {COOL}

Posted by jessie June 6, 09 11:34 PM

Ugh number 10 is a horrible picture, neither animal looks happy.
and what a sick idea to put a lion on a horse.

Posted by Caitlin June 8, 09 12:44 PM

the pic are very cool em love you

Posted by Anonymous June 26, 09 12:34 AM

those horses are cut i love them

Posted by Anonymous December 10, 09 11:06 PM

i love it the pics r so beautiful lovin it

Posted by brittanythompson April 29, 10 01:18 PM
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