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 […]

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 […]