Square Horses in the Caja del Rio

The State of New Mexico does have statutes in place to help preserve free-roaming horses with Colonial Spanish markers. Some of the horse rescue centers in the state are aware of and working to preserve Spanish Colonial horses removed from their historical home ranges. The Horse of the America’s registry does registry Colonial Spanish horses […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

My Colonial Spanish Horses and Armor

I had acquired a small herd of Colonial Spanish horses from old New Mexico bloodlines and was busy schooling, breeding and promoting them when Byron Johnson, then curator of the Albuquerque Museum, contacted me in the fall of 1982. He explained that the Museum had acquired a full set of 15th century Spanish armor from […]

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 […]