On Keeping a Death Bed Promise

Nearly forty years ago, when he was on his deathbed, my father asked to promise him that I would save my five younger brothers from being utterly destroyed by our malignant narcissistic personality disorder mother. Because he asked me at the same time as he told me that I was the one he gave all […]

Talley Johnson and Yope Colonial Spanish Horses

When I learned that long-time Colonial Spanish horse breeder Talley Johnson had persuaded one Captain Yates to acquire horses from the mountains 150 miles southwest of Mexico City over 50 years ago, I was intrigued. My father had moved our entire family to the city of Oaxaca, Oaxaca Mexico in December of 1968. As a […]

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 […]

It’s Pinworms Making Asad Itchy

When Asad stepped of the trailer last September, he had rubbed most of the hair of off his dock. He still had long tail hairs from the nottom third or so, but the top two-thirds was rubbed to shiny bare skin. Since he did not rub his tail once he got here, I assumed that […]

Helping Your Horse Survive Firework Displays

Fireworks produce a sound output that is in the 150 to 175 decibel range. Each year, many people experience some damage to their hearing as a result of fireworks. Flash bombs produce light of 7 megacandela (Mcd) and an intensely loud “bang” of greater than 170 decibels (dB). The M84 is the currently-issued stun grenade […]