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 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 […]

Looking for a Square Horse

The Choctaw Princess is stable now, but I really do want a horse that I can school. So I have managed to make a decision of sorts about my next horse. I remain open to a rescue as the experience is always educational. At the very least, taking on a rescue gives me insight into […]

Gleaming Grulla

It is May in New Mexico. We do have some green, although very little of it is grass. But the Choctaw Princess is hard at work keeping the weeds under control. Except for the noxious invasive Sahara mustard weed. Apparently it might serve as condiment occasionally, but she does not actually consider it food.And apparently […]

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 Colonial Spanish 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 […]