Square Colonial Spanish Horses are Indeed Rare

When Colonial Spanish horses were first imported to North America, horses were as ubiquitous and varied in type as cars in a modern parking lot. The recent leaps in equine genetic research has helped to increase our understanding of how those horses were perceived and bred as well as how they were built. Queen Isabella […]

21st Century Preservation Strategy Needed for Colonial Spanish Horses

The Livestock Conservancy has moved the Colonial Spanish horse to their Critical list because fewer than 200 foals were registered in 2021. The drop in number of registered foals is NOT due to a lack of interest in Colonial Spanish horses or to the general public’s lack of appreciation of their history, abilities or the […]

Asad’s Insides

I chose to worm Asad with moxidectin and praziquantel in late January. His colic symptoms were minimal and I wanted to kill off any resistant and/encysted parasites before the weather warmed up. I expected he would have a few days of discomfort. Tapeworms in horses has becomie more common and tapeworms are not susceptible to […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

The Colors of the Four Horsemen

I just gave a talk with Matthew Wood and Jon Baklund on a horse breeder’s view of the colors given for the Horsemen of the Apocalypse. I had been given an esoteric translation of the two-thousand-year old original Greek version of Revelations that was especially fascinating to me as it informed me that the original […]

Confronting White Dude Shamanism

I managed to get the first book in my series on the Rune Field out just as this global resurgence of fascism, white supremacy and neo-Nazism began to hit the news. I now find myself addressing three different groups all with highly charged emotional approaches to the Runes. The first two groups define each other. […]

‘Something Elses’ Flipped the 2020 Election

I offer a heartfelt Thank You to all the ‘something elses’ who pray for the well being of all the children, regardless of who their ancestors are. Over two hundred years ago Europeans based our American democratic process on the practices of the indigenous peoples. A higher percentage of Native Americans serve in the armed […]