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 […]

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 […]

Asad is Still Acclimating

We had our first hard frost here in the high desert of Northern New Mexico and it made me renew my appreciation of the implications and connotations of the word acclimating when it comes to horses. Acclimating is defined as becoming accustomed to a new climate or to new conditions by responding physiologically or behaviorally […]

Conserving Genetic Diversity among Square Horses

I been appalled to learn how much genetic diversity among Square Horses has been irrevocably lost due to short-sighted breeding and management practices, especially here in the USA. The Bureau of Land Management has been gelding free roaming stallions for decades. Now the policy is turning towards surgically sterilizing free- roaming mares through a truly […]

Asad’s Horse Ancestry Results

I just got Asad’s horse ancestry report. According to Texas A&M’s not very coherent list of breeds with shared genetic markers, the horses whose DNA markers are most like this 70% Bookcliff stallion born in 2005 are modern Argentinian Criollos. here is what Wikipedia has to say about Argentinian Criollos: ‘The written historical record shows […]

Asad’s Self-Correcting Hind Hooves

Asad arrived in need of a hoof trim. His hooves were not only over grown, they did not reflect the angles and relationships of the bones and ligaments the hoof capsule protects. All this positive change has come about simply because he has some room to move. His home-pen is roughly 40×40. And the footing […]

Registering Asad

The whole point of keeping Asad a stallion is to make sure that he is available to the widest possible range of Colonial Spanish Barb Mustang etc.. mare owners. He is a result of Sharon Scheikovsky and Dave Reynold‘s linebreeding the Book Cliff strain through their most prized stallion, Chato, a 1974 Grulla Stallion sired […]