The Choctaw Princess in June

It is mid-June and the weather has finally warmed up enough for the biting flies and gnats to come out.  I quit refilling the sunflower seed dispenser for the chickens, so they will have to dig around in the horse manure to get their sunflower fix. Hopefully, they will also eat most of the fly […]

Petty Politics Affect Spanish Colonial Horses

Note: a few days after this post went on-line, the SB(B)HA updated their website to reflect the information I present here on preserving entire Spanish Colonial bloodlines and sustaining a healthy gene pool. I have not been offered a Square colt by anyone associated with the registry yet, but here is hoping that their breeding […]

Spanish Colonial Horses and Endurance Tests

The Spanish Colonial horse excelled as light horse cavalry for millennia. Yet our Spanish Colonial horses have not made a mark in modern endurance competitions. I say that is because those modern races are not actually about the horse‚Äôs endurance at all. I once asked a lowlands horse trainer who specialized in endurance competitions how […]

Strong Breeding Spanish Colonial Horses

When I start thinking about how to register and document the offspring of a Baca-bred Spanish Colonial colt bred to the mares here in New Mexico, the options are such a confusing tangle that I am tempted to start a New Mexico-bred Spanish Colonial Horse Registry. My problems would be solved if there was a […]

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 […]