Our ladies of summer, Sassfras, Raffaella, Gypsy Rose Lee and Dunsmoke Morning Glory will be foaling next spring along with Walks In Promise and Gwenhyfar. Promise and Gwen will go first and the rest of the girls in late May through early July.
Gwen is our hope for an outcross stallion prospect. Sassafras will be the first LP horse that we have bred ourselves having a foal. The three maiden mares are Sassafras,Gypsy, Glory and it should be very interesting to see what they produce.
The breeding of horses is science, logical selection and most of all a knack and a little luck. Every year we sit down and work with the pedigrees of the horses. We factor inbreeding coefficients, color testing results, parentage confirmations as well as old fashioned gut feeling. The hardest thing when building this herd for me was not to focus too much on my personal favorite lines and to keep working on brooding our genetic base while still maintaining type.
As herds have dwindled and breeders have left the business, there are less and less quality specimens. We are currently looking for an outcross stallion quality colt. That is easier said than done.
At any rate we would love to share the herd project with you and yours. So stop in and see us sometime.
The Spanish Mustang is the descendant of the horse brought to the New World by the conqusitadors. It is quite properly a historically Iberian horse. It is not however a "wild mustang" and has not been so for the better part of a century. These horses are the product now of now overs 80 years of preservation.
The horses of Windcross Conservancy are registered with the American Heritage Horse Association and are eligble for the Spanish Mustang Registry Inc. They are dna banked for parentage with the University of Kentucky at Lexington, KY. The horses are also often color tested and tested for genetic anomylies.
A Windcross herd horse is selected to be part of the preservation herd because of it's value to the breed, either with the rarity of the the bloodline or the excellence of breed type and conformation. Occasionally a herd member is available for purchase. That is either because it does not add anything thing genetically to the herd, there is another full sibling available better suited to the herd or the horse is better suited to being part of a family as a valued companion.
We believe that we must be an ark for the future of these horses and our ongoing efforts are focused to this. We also provide breeding stock for other programs globally in an ongoing effort to propigate the horses in a broader global community.
In summary, it is not a feral horse, it is however a valued remnant of America's western heritage and a eminently suitable horse for the modern world too.
We began this herd with 6 horses and a dream that we could make a difference. We have an average of 32 horses now in any given year. We after almost a decade are finally beginning to see the fruits of our labors. The Windcross herd is in our estimation one of the best examples of the foundation Spanish Mustang anywhere in the world. We don't breed for manes and tails, we breed for conformation and type.