On Keeping a Death Bed Promise

Nearly forty years ago, when he was on his deathbed, my father asked to promise him that I would save my five younger brothers from being utterly destroyed by our malignant narcissistic personality disorder mother. Because he asked me at the same time as he told me that I was the one he gave all […]

Talley Johnson and Yope Colonial Spanish Horses

When I learned that long-time Colonial Spanish horse breeder Talley Johnson had persuaded one Captain Yates to acquire horses from the mountains 150 miles southwest of Mexico City over 50 years ago, I was intrigued. My father had moved our entire family to the city of Oaxaca, Oaxaca Mexico in December of 1968. As a […]

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 […]