Baroque Horse Bones in New Mexico

Until very recently, it was official US government policy to more or less forcibly transform Native American warriors into farmers. US government agents made sure that Indian pony stallions were either castrated or slaughtered. Heavy horses bred for harness were brought in to cross on the local mares. Harness horses or trotters, whether heavy draft […]

New Mexico History and Equine DNA

This post continues my train of thought from San Felipe Horses and continues with how to recognize Spanish Colonial horses. According to the Forest Service web sites, the El Rito horses are the only band of wild horses running on Forest Lands that have genetic markers that match up with those found in modern Andalusian […]

San Felipe Horses

I was quite sorry to hear that San Felipe Pueblo was no longer interested in keeping the horse herds that have roamed the area for centuries.  The lineage of Medicine Horses among Spanish Mustangs traces back to a stallion named Santo Domingo because that pueblo is where the Brislawn brothers found and bought him. That […]

Meeting Royal Obligations

The infamous French horse master Francois Baucher speaks of meeting the onerous obligations of the riding hall if one wishes to join the aristocracy of those who excel at horsemanship. I am pretty sure that he was thinking of the human side of the equation, but the Choctaw Princess has made me consider those aristocratic […]

Citrinitas and Rubedo

We start off the chapter on yellow with a brief mention that many alchemists did not include the stage of yellow, especially in the later years of alchemy’s heyday, but moved directly from white to red. Hillman, who was himself trained as a Jungian analyst, suggests that Jung included the yellow because he was fond […]

Leaping Like Locusts

Thank you for your interest in my blog. The information in this post has been incorporated into my series on horse training.   Click here to see what books are available. One of the peculiar images repeated in Revelations and echoed in the Book of Job is horses described as locusts. They are caparisoned like […]