Social License and Electric Spurs

Electric spurs are the latest scandal in the horse industry. And here is the rationale for patenting the devices according to application filed with the US Patent Office: “In the training of horses and in the competitive riding of horses, such as in rodeos, for example, it frequently is necessary to force a horse to […]

Equine Genetics on the Navajo Reservation

Just over a year ago, I wrote a post pointing out that we could all learn a great deal about those who brought their horses to the American Southwest by looking at the DNA of horses running on the Indian reservations in the Southwest. (click here) The Navajo Reservation covers about 25,351 square miles of […]

The Great Horse Dispersal

I have been reading ‘The Empire of the Summer Moon’ chronicling the clash between the Calvinist Anglo settlers that began moving into Texas after the Louisiana Purchase and the Comanche who ruthlessly protected their territory from settlers. Gywnne’s book includes 34 pages of footnotes and sources so it is a well-documented report of the times. […]

The Social License of the Horse Industry and the Five Domains

When I began putting my series on horse training together, I did not realize how revolutionary my basic principles were. But now, mostly because anything people do with their horses can become part of the very public smart phone conversation, the horse industry is coming around to considering the impact that social license has on […]

In July I have an Apple-Loosa

The Choctaw Princess has been keeping the weeds down and ignoring the fruit trees until just a couple of days ago. Then she decided that the apples were far enough along to be a delectable treat, long before I would consider them even close to ripe.  Since the tree had started to drop both apples […]

The Ideal Spanish Mustang is a Square Horse

I have written a series of explanations and acclamations about the wondrous Square Horse. Now I want to make it clear that my image of a healthy population of Colonial Spanish horses and breeders is something like a trampoline. If there is full circle with enough people holding their opinions and enough horses strongly enough, […]