Gleaming Grulla

It is May in New Mexico. We do have some green, although very little of it is grass. But the Choctaw Princess is hard at work keeping the weeds under control. Except for the noxious invasive Sahara mustard weed. Apparently it might serve as condiment occasionally, but she does not actually consider it food.And apparently […]

Baroque Horse Bones in New Mexico

Until very recently, it was official US government policy to more or less forcibly transform Native American warriors into farmers. US government agents made sure that Indian pony stallions were either castrated or slaughtered. Heavy horses bred for harness were brought in to cross on the local mares. Harness horses or trotters, whether heavy draft […]

San Felipe Horses

I was quite sorry to hear that San Felipe Pueblo was no longer interested in keeping the horse herds that have roamed the area for centuries.  The lineage of Medicine Horses among Spanish Mustangs traces back to a stallion named Santo Domingo because that pueblo is where the Brislawn brothers found and bought him. That […]

Spring Feeding

Now that spring is in the air, it is time to fine-tune what I feed the Choctaw Princess so she does not gain too much weight. I started with a skeletal horse headed into winter who needed plenty of feed to keep warm as well as put on weight (click here). As the days get […]

Five Months with the Choctaw Princess

Here is a photo of the Choctaw Princess about five months on another cloudy day. You can see she is in good condition because she is bit sleeker than her usual fuzzy winter self. I let her out to roll and she spent most of her time tearing around bucking and kicking. She sweated just […]

Preparing to Ground Drive

Up to now, everything I have asked of the Choctaw Princess is a brief addition to our normal daily routines. Adding a headstall with a bit builds on haltering. Finding her trigger points and asking her to relax is another aspect of grooming. And normally, ground driving with long lines is just another aspect of […]