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Close call with a bull

by Rebecca on March 30, 2014

in Animal Pictures

Photo is genuine, but was taken by a professional photographer with a remote control camera, at the 2002 San Fermin Festival in Pamploma, Spain. Source: Snopes

Chinese Horses

by Rebecca on March 29, 2014

in Animal Pictures

A horse gambols through the snow on plains near the Tian Shan mountain range in Xinjiang, western China

For the Chinese, horses are such an important part of their culture that they have their own Zodiac sign. These pictures of majestic herds of thousands galloping through the grasslands and snowy plains below the Tian Shan mountain range go some way to explaining why.

Horse breeding is well developed in the China’s central Asian Xinjiang province, which borders Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, a legacy of the nomadic tribes which have historically lived there. The semi-wild horses of Xinjiang are used by local people as a source of meat and milk, which is often made into a fermented drink, as well as mounts and beasts of burden once properly trained.

This year is the Chinese year of the horse, and people born this year are said to be a bit like the animals: animated, active and energetic – they love being in a crowd.

Local people herd the semi-wild horses, which they use for meat and milk as well as mounts and beasts of burden

Galloping steeds kick up the snow as they stampede through the white-out conditions in the chilly central Asian region

The Tian Shan mountain range rises in the background behind a herd of horses as they charge across the snow

A herdsman looks over his horses from a hill overlooking a vast plain in Xinjiang, which borders Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

A shot of a horse herd taken in the summer shows them fording a shallow stream running through the area

This year is the Chinese year of the horse, and people born now are said to be a bit like the animals: animated, active and energetic

The Chinese first began domesticating horses in the east, but had to turn west to import bigger, stronger breeds
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2570985/Wild-horses-drag-away-Amazing-pictures-huge-herds-charge-plains-western-China.html#ixzz2xCFrfpLg
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