The Genetics of the Wilbur-Cruce Spanish Barb Horse

Dr. Gus Cothran PhD.

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The Versatile Spanish Barb Horse

Driving Marathan Course

A. Carden Photo

A. Carden Photo

Mounted

Shooting

Kelly Aldrich Photo

Trail Riding

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 Herding Buffalo

Natural Horsemanship, at Liberty

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Endurance Riding

Spanish Walk

Spanish Barbs make excellent stock horses.

Living History Demonstration

Endurance Riding

 HOW DID THE HORSES CROSS THE OCEAN?

These images depict how horses were transported to America in the 15th century. King Ferdinand and Queen

Isabella of Spain, gave Christopher Columbus a royal

edict to set up horse breeding farms in the New World on his return ocean voyage in 1493.

Given the opportunity, most horses react to fear by fleeing. It would be a terrifying experience for the horse to be blindfolded and no longer feel his hooves on the ground as he is loaded onto the ship. He has been asked to do the seemingly impossible, remain calm while being transported into the air where there is no means of escape. Every instinct would tell him to struggle and remove himself from a situation that he considers is a threat to his life. 

Imagine the voyage experience in the dark and rolling belly of the ship, where the horse is totally immobilized. Envision the ship tossed in a storm, one leg is tied to the deck, his belly is held in a sling  for an often frightening, two to three month voyage. Yet, his qualities are the        means for his survival.....as if through fire.