Asad’s Skin Needs MSM

I’ve gradually added about half a cup of MSM to Asad’s medicinal mush. His joints all suddenly began clicking when he moved and and when I brushed him it sounded like I was running a brush over a piece of corrugated cardboard. I tried to do a little more ground work with him, but strapping […]

Asad’s Insides

I chose to worm Asad with moxidectin and praziquantel in late January. His colic symptoms were minimal and I wanted to kill off any resistant and/encysted parasites before the weather warmed up. I expected he would have a few days of discomfort. Tapeworms in horses has becomie more common and tapeworms are not susceptible to […]

That Colonial Spanish Atlas Bone

When I finally found a lunging cavesson that came close to meeting my criteria for humane head gear, it came with an ‘ergonomically’ designed head stall. I wanted the cheek strap that prevented the head stall from sliding into the horse’s eyes and the padded noseband without chains, cables, or metal plates inserted. It wasn’t […]

Asad’s Medicinal Mush

Asad’s gut issues started making themselves known the end of November (click here). Keeping him eating, drinking and moving around was a bit of a challenge. It turned out that he had been carrying around a cement mixer’s worth of Iowa mudstone and getting it out was making him feel miserable. He inevitably progressed to […]

Asad’s Color Genetics

As a responsible stallion owner, I feel I should offer mare owners who would like to breed to Asad as much information as possible. That includes learning about his coat color genetics. Colonial Spanish horses have been reduced to a tiny remnant, and tracking color genes is one way of maintaining both genetic diversity and […]

Asad’s Droppings are Full of Iowa Mudstone

I’ve been feeding Asad a morning mush to help him acclimate to our high dry sunny climate. Eating a quart of pellets, a pint of Triple Crown’s pelleted feed supplement, a scoop of electrolytes formulated to ‘help encourage a healthy water intake’, a scoop of psyllium, and a scoop of probiotics along with enough water […]

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’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 […]