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 […]

Conserving Genetic Diversity among Square Horses

Over the past year 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 […]

Mopsy is Actually Dancing to the Beat

Personally, I rarely enjoy watching dressage freestyles because I find the music so painfully unrelated to the horse’s strides that I have to either mute the sound or move on to something else. But Steffan Peters’ 2021 Olympic freestyle dressage ride went viral not just because the music is upbeat techno dance music. The freestyle […]

From the Veterinarian’s Mouth

The Horse: Do vets use a “one size fits all” protocol for sedation/anesthesia? Hubbell: Many equine veterinarians have developed different dosing regimens for different breeds or types of horses based on their experiences. Minimal data are available to directly support variations between breeds, but here are some observations I made during my career: The atmosphere of […]

I’m NOT Celebrating the Fourth of July

I sent information to the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe through their Facebook page when I heard that they were planning a bigger than ever fireworks show. I found a study looking at the long lasting toxic fallout from firecrackers. I found an article detailing the damage fireworks inflict on livestock, and wildlife as well […]

Looking at the Equine Lumbo-Sacral Joint

While I was looking for information on the horse’s back online I found that the number of sites discussing the sacro-iliac joint overwhelming outnumbers sites discussing the lumbo-sacral joint. In this photo, from Rod Nikkel’s website, you can see why. The lumbo-sacral joint is well-protected, nested deep within the triangle formed by the five solidly […]