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 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 […]

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, […]

The Choctaw Princess in June

It is mid-June and the weather has finally warmed up enough for the biting flies and gnats to come out.  I quit refilling the sunflower seed dispenser for the chickens, so they will have to dig around in the horse manure to get their sunflower fix. Hopefully, they will also eat most of the fly […]

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 […]

Strong Breeding Colonial Spanish Horses

When I start thinking about how to register and document the offspring of a Baca-bred Spanish Colonial colt bred to the mares here in New Mexico, the options are such a confusing tangle that I am tempted to start a New Mexico-bred Colonial Spanish Horse Registry. My problems would be solved if there was a […]