A Uighur boy sits atop a horse as he has his picture taken outside the Id Kah mosque in old Kashgar, Xinjiang province, China. Nearly 100 people have been killed in unrest in the region in the past week in what authorities say is terrorism but advocacy groups claim is a result of a government crackdown to silence opposition to its policies.
Martin Tata rides his horse Milonga as he guides other horses to a corral in San Antonio de Areco, Argentina. In San Antonio de Areco, a bastion of Argentine gaucho culture outside the capital of Buenos Aires, the 33-year-old Tatta is known as “the horse whisperer.”
A Pasola rider prepares to throw his spear during the pasola war festival at Wainyapu village in Sumba Island, Indonesia. The Pasola Festival is an important annual event to welcome the new harvest season, which coincides with the arrival of ‘Nyale’ sea worms during February or March each year. Pasola, an ancient ritual fighting game, involves two teams of men on horseback charging towards each other while trying to hit their rivals with ‘pasol’ javelins and avoid being hit themselves.
Jockey Ruby Walsh lies stricken on the ground after falling off Abbyssial during the JCB Triumph Hurdle Race at Cheltenham racecourse on Friday.
Racegoers at Cheltenham racecourse on the opening day of the 2014 festival
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Ruby Walsh, left, and Hurricane Fly gallop at Cheltenham racecourse on Monday
A horserider gallops on the beach of the Blanc-Nez cape, near Sangatte, northern France
A woman and a child are seen through an art installation in the shape of the horse at a snow covered park in Beijing. Beijing saw this year’s first winter snow on Friday.
A man prays as sunlight shines through hanging incense coils at the Tin Hau Temple in the Yau Ma Tei area of Hong Kong on the fourth day of the lunar new year holiday on Monday. Chinese communities across Asia came together to usher in the Year of the Horse, with tens of thousands flocking to temples across China to pray for good fortune
A display of lanterns for the lunar new year in Beijing. China is preparing to welcome the year of the horse, which falls on January 31 and will see Chinese travelers make about 3.62bn trips during the 40-day Spring Festival travel period.
A performer wearing a traditional costume looks on during an event organised by a shopping mall to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Hong Kong. The lunar new year falls on January 31 and marks the start of the Year of the Horse in China.
Belgian shrimp fisherman Xavier Vanbillemont and his horse haul a net out of the sea after catching shrimps during low tide at the coastal town of Oostduinkerke. This traditional method of catching shrimps along the North Sea coast, which dates back 500 years, attracts tourists every summer.
Racegoers travel by train from London Waterloo station to Ascot racecourse to attend the Royal Ascot in Berkshire, England. The Royal Ascot horse race meeting runs from June 18 until June 22, 2013.
Racegoers wearing top hats and tails stand next to police officers during Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot, southeast England on Thursday.
A horse for rent stands next to its owner sleeping on a bed on a sidewalk in a street in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, early on Monday
Racegoer Lauren Mattey poses in her hat on Ladies Day during the Epsom Derby festival in Epsom, southern England on Friday.
An Indian man cools off his horse during a bath in a canal in Jalandhar on Thursday. High temperatures hovering near 45 degrees centigrade are affecting much of central and northern India ahead of the summer monsoon rains.
A women rides her horse past rapeseed fields in bloom near Ottbergen, northern Germany, on Tuesday.
Zest for Life, ridden by jockey Timothy Donworth, races through the water feature, to win the Kildare Hunt Club Fr Sean Breen Memorial Chase for the Ladies Perpetual Cup. The event took place during the Boylesports day at the 2013 Festival at Punchestown Racecourse, Co Kildare, Ireland.