Mushrooms in November

Managing manure is a huge part of any horse facility. I do live in the traditional historic village of Agua Fria which specifically allows small-scale agricultural activities. My immediate neighbors still have chickens, goats and pot-bellied pigs even if the number of horses in Agua Fria has dropped by a factor of ten, from 150 […]

Asad is Still Acclimating

We had our first hard frost here in the high desert of Northern New Mexico and it made me renew my appreciation of the implications and connotations of the word acclimating when it comes to horses. Acclimating is defined as becoming accustomed to a new climate or to new conditions by responding physiologically or behaviorally […]

Asad as an Asymptomatic Control in Equine Muscle Disease Study

I have added Asad as an asymptomatic control example to this study at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine Leatherdale Equine Center. There is a lot of unsubstantiated information about muscle disorders in horses being tossed around in the general equine community. This study aims at producing useful information for breeders and trainers. […]

Conserving Genetic Diversity among Square Horses

I been appalled to learn how much genetic diversity among Square Horses has been irrevocably lost due to short-sighted breeding and management practices, especially here in the USA. The Bureau of Land Management has been gelding free roaming stallions for decades. Now the policy is turning towards surgically sterilizing free- roaming mares through a truly […]

Asad’s Horse Ancestry Results

I just got Asad’s horse ancestry report. According to Texas A&M’s not very coherent list of breeds with shared genetic markers, the horses whose DNA markers are most like this 70% Bookcliff stallion born in 2005 are modern Argentinian Criollos. here is what Wikipedia has to say about Argentinian Criollos: ‘The written historical record shows […]

Asad’s Self-Correcting Hind Hooves

Asad arrived in need of a hoof trim. His hooves were not only over grown, they did not reflect the angles and relationships of the bones and ligaments the hoof capsule protects. All this positive change has come about simply because he has some room to move. His home-pen is roughly 40×40. And the footing […]

Registering Asad

The whole point of keeping Asad a stallion is to make sure that he is available to the widest possible range of Spanish Colonial Barb Mustang etc.. mare owners. He is a result of Sharon Scheikovsky and Dave Reynold‘s linebreeding the Book Cliff strain through their most prized stallion, Chato, a 1974 Grulla Stallion sired […]

Asad and Hoof Pain

I knew Asad was overdue for a hoof trim before he started down my way. What I did not know was just how long it had been since his last hoof trim. As you can see in the photo below, he had platters for front hooves and his hind hooves were equally overgrown. I was […]