Absolute and Relative Beauties of the Equine Vertebral Column

I am starting this post with a very brief synopsis of Goubaux and Barrier’s principles of ‘zootechnics’ to make sure my readers have context. You can find a longer introduction here. Even though The Exterior of the Horse was published in 1891, it still offers a very different approach from either veterinary pathologists who look […]

Absolute and Relative Beauties of the Hindquarters

I am starting with a very brief synopsis of Goubaux and Barrier’s principles of ‘zootechnics’ to make sure my readers have context. You can find a longer intro by clicking here. Even though the Exterior of the Horse was published in 1891, it still offers a very different approach from either veterinary pathologists who look […]

Revisiting The Exterior of the Horse

When I first began looking into how horses moved in the late 1970’s, the one authority I could find was ‘The Exterior of the Horse’. The tome was rare even then, so I had to borrow it from the Library of Congress through the inter-library loan program. Since I could only keep the book for […]

Square Colonial Spanish Horses are Indeed Rare

When Colonial Spanish horses were first imported to North America, horses were as ubiquitous and varied in type as cars in a modern parking lot. The recent leaps in equine genetic research has helped to increase our understanding of how those horses were perceived and bred as well as how they were built. Queen Isabella […]

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 […]