Functional Soundness and Spanish Colonial Horses

During our conversations in the mid-seventies, Weldon McKinley told me that they only saw a few signs of the Spanish Colonial horses the first few years they owned the Romero ranch. They set out to catch some of D.D. Romero’s Spanish Colonial horses when they found that hoof prints and manure piles indicated that the […]

Words are the Source of Misunderstandings.

When I read other people’s horse blogs I realize just how little of time I spend verbalizing when working with and around my horses.  I do observe and set goals, and I can verbalize those if I need to. But verbalizing is an effort at the best of times and it interrupts the flow of […]

Kikkuli Principles of Horse Fitness

Thank you for your interest in my blog. This information is from my series on horse training: Lest people think that my insistence that horse and rider become proficient at their tasks before ever mounting up is some odd, new-fangled, or unproven, idea, I want to introduce Kikkuli, a Mittannian horse master from what we […]

How Horses Show Signs of Pain

By the time a horse begins to vocalize (groan) with pain IF they ever do make noise at all their situation is life threatening.  Noticing signs of pain , distress, and discomfort early on is vital in schooling and competition as well as horse keeping. Learn to see, not just look!  

Mutualism

I followed the sad tale of a ‘killer’ horse on a fellow blog. In the end, the horse ends up being euthanized and the owner may never walk again. But what actually drove the horse to the extreme of throwing and trampling his rider was psychological abuse. The real lesson in this is that the […]