Social License and Electric Spurs

Electric spurs are the latest scandal in the horse industry. And here is the rationale for patenting the devices according to application filed with the US Patent Office: “In the training of horses and in the competitive riding of horses, such as in rodeos, for example, it frequently is necessary to force a horse to […]

Equine Genetics on the Navajo Reservation

Just over a year ago, I wrote a post pointing out that we could all learn a great deal about those who brought their horses to the American Southwest by looking at the DNA of horses running on the Indian reservations in the Southwest. (click here) The Navajo Reservation covers about 25,351 square miles of […]

The White Man’s Disease

When the corona virus first hit, my reaction was that it was going to provoke tremendous social change. Diseases spread when populations are treated as disposable production units not living beings. I was sure that the pandemic was going to expose long-standing inhumane working and living conditions. But it took radical widespread protests for the […]

More Tales of the (UN)Civil Guard

It is unfortunate that speaking out on racism makes me a target for all factions of racism. There are people of color, including my half-brother, who insist that I am an outsider who cannot possibly understand their experiences. So I have thought long and hard about posting any of my own experiences. There is nearly […]

The Great Horse Dispersal

I have been reading ‘The Empire of the Summer Moon’ chronicling the clash between the Calvinist Anglo settlers that began moving into Texas after the Louisiana Purchase and the Comanche who ruthlessly protected their territory from settlers. Gywnne’s book includes 34 pages of footnotes and sources so it is a well-documented report of the times. […]