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 […]

Return to Freedom Offers Spanish Mustang Foundation Stock

Some 70 years after the Spanish Mustang Registry was founded, Colonial Spanish Barb Mustangs are on the endangered/extinct watch list. Return to Freedom is offering horses from the Brislawn’s Cayuse Ranch, among others, for adoption. They may still have some of the horses from Gilbert Jones’ Kiamachi herd when those horses had to be disbursed. […]

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 […]

Harry Chamberlin’s Square Horse

I had just posted my explanation for how I became intrigued with saddles, seats and the horse’s back when this brand new compliation of Brigadier General Harry Chamberlin’s work edited by Warren Charles Matha and published by Xenophon Press crossed my path. “The Chamberlin Reader: The Education and Writings of Harry D. Chamberlin” discusses the […]

My Inspiration for Rider Up

My journey to self-publishing has not been easy or straight forward. My original publisher asked me to write my series Light in the Saddle based on my blog posts where I share how I apply equine bio-mechanics in my day to day schooling. The series was pitched to me as texts for the many equine […]

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 […]

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 […]

My Spanish Mustang Stallion Arrives

EHF Asad is linebred to Cochise, the stallion the founders of the Spanish Mustang Registry held up as an example of their ideal horse. As you can tell from the number of links in this paragraph, he meets my criteria foran outstanding individual of these exceptional and extra-ordinary horses. When I inherited my property a […]

Barefoot Olympic Gold in Showjumping

I was actually able to watch the showjumping of the 202(1) Olympics without utterly cringing. The Swedish team took the gold with only one pole down. They were one of the few teams that seemed to realized that the brakes are in their behinds and their hands are for communication. And their horses not only […]