Dang That DNA

Part of our family story includes being related to to the famous outlaw Jesse James on my father’s mother’s side. According to my DNA, we actually are related… but our maternal DNA split some 45-65,000 years ago. That might pass for being what southerners call ‘kissing cousins’, closely enough related to be called family, but […]

The Ideal Spanish Mustang is a Square Horse

I have written a series of explanations and acclamations about the wondrous Square Horse. Now I want to make it clear that my image of a healthy population of Spanish Colonial horses and breeders is something like a trampoline. If there is full circle with enough people holding their opinions and enough horses strongly enough, […]

The Choctaw Princess in June

It is mid-June and the weather has finally warmed up enough for the biting flies and gnats to come out.  I quit refilling the sunflower seed dispenser for the chickens, so they will have to dig around in the horse manure to get their sunflower fix. Hopefully, they will also eat most of the fly […]

Petty Politics Affect Spanish Colonial Horses

Note: a few days after this post went on-line, the SB(B)HA updated their website to reflect the information I present here on preserving entire Spanish Colonial bloodlines and sustaining a healthy gene pool. I have not been offered a Square colt by anyone associated with the registry yet, but here is hoping that their breeding […]

Spanish Colonial Horses and Endurance Tests

The Spanish Colonial horse excelled as light horse cavalry for millennia. Yet our Spanish Colonial horses have not made a mark in modern endurance competitions. I say that is because those modern races are not actually about the horse’s endurance at all. I once asked a lowlands horse trainer who specialized in endurance competitions how […]

Looking for a Square Horse

The Choctaw Princess is stable now, but I really do want a horse that I can school. So I have managed to make a decision of sorts about my next horse. I remain open to a rescue as the experience is always educational. At the very least, taking on a rescue gives me insight into […]