Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Filling Buckets a Drop At A Time: The Choctaw Summer

The bloodline of the horses that carried the natives of the southeast on their forced deportation to Oklahoma has been extended another generation. Last summer we borrowed a stunning Choctaw stallion, Big Muddy Miracle,(seen below) from Mary McConnell to breed to some of our Choctaw and high percentage Choctaw mares.

We still have one Choctaw mare yet to foal, a daughter of Rooster named Mozelle. Here are the results so far:

This colt is from Washani and was born yesterday.

This little boy from Feather is 65% Choctaw.

This great granddaughter of Rooster was born to Monique.

At only one day old this colt from Zippy was already ready for a swim.

Ten years ago I thought it impossible for any strain of Colonial Spanish horse to be better suited to my needs then the powerful, smooth gaited, gentle minded Corollas.  However, I am hard pressed to find them to be better horses than what one gets from crossing Choctaw strains with high percentage Grand Canyons.

If Mozelle's foal is a colt, I hope to spend the rest of my life breeding him to Choctaws, Corollas, Marsh Tackys, Shacklefords, and maybe even a Florida Cracker. The Colonial Spanish horse strains that were developed in the Southeast before the Revolution are spectacular trail horses, endurance horses, family horses, and therapy horses. In short, they are needed.

All will be registered with the Horse of Americas Registry. There bloodlines will not only be preserved, they will be documented.

And they are all so rare as to be nearly extinct. Our program works hard to stave off that extinction, one foal at a time and one family at a time.

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