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. […]

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, […]

Functional Soundness and Spanish Colonial Horses

During our conversations in the mid-seventies, Weldon McKinley told me that they only saw a few signs of the Spanish Colonial horses the first few years they owned the Romero ranch. They set out to catch some of D.D. Romero’s Spanish Colonial horses when they found that hoof prints and manure piles indicated that the […]

Petty Politics Affect Spanish Colonial Horses

Note: a few days after this post went on-line, the SB(B)HA updated their website to reflect the information I present here on preserving entire Spanish Colonial bloodlines and sustaining a healthy gene pool. I have not been offered a Square colt by anyone associated with the registry yet, but here is hoping that their breeding […]

Colonial Spanish Horses and Endurance Tests

The Colonial Spanish horse excelled as light horse cavalry for millennia. Yet our Colonial Spanish horses have not made a mark in modern endurance competitions. I say that is because those modern races are not actually about the horse’s endurance at all. I once asked a lowlands horse trainer who specialized in endurance competitions how […]