The Ideal Spanish Mustang is a Square Horse

I have written a series of explanations and acclamations about the wondrous Square Horse. Now I want to make it clear that my image of a healthy population of Colonial Spanish horses and breeders is something like a trampoline. If there is full circle with enough people holding their opinions and enough horses strongly enough, […]

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 […]

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 […]

New Mexico History and Equine DNA

This post continues my train of thought from San Felipe Horses and continues with how to recognize Colonial Spanish horses. According to the Forest Service web sites, the El Rito horses are the only band of wild horses running on Forest Lands that have genetic markers that match up with those found in modern Andalusian […]

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 […]