Del Ceneren Polvo de Oro Registry

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Polvo de Oro
Project Founder

Nazario del Bosque

Origin

Del Cenere (2020)

Breed Traits
Height

14 - 16.5 hands
(56 - 66 in | 142 - 168 cm)

Weight

1000 - 1400 lbs
(453.5 - 635 kg)

Type

Stock Grade
Gaited

On this page... (hide)

  1.   1.  Characteristics and Breed Standards
    1.   1.1  Build
    2.   1.2  Color
    3.   1.3  Temperament
    4.   1.4  Grading and Disqualifying Factors
  2.   2.  Registry
    1.   2.1  Stud Log
    2.   2.2  Registered Horses
  3.   3.  Training and Handleability
    1.   3.1  Methodology

➵ The Polvo de Oro Horse
polvo de oro (pull-voh de ohr-oh) : Dust/powder from/of gold; the Gold Dust Horse

It is no secret that Del Cenere is a pack in which livestock – and, perhaps more importantly, horses, are held in notably high regard for their utility, companionship, and the symbolic nature of their very existence. Harkening back to the age-old mythos of an untamed and wild west, the horse has always been acknowledged as a metaphor for freedom without restraint, limitless possibility, and the wistfulness of hardships paired with the ability to overcome adversity. As such, the culture is almost something akin to an unspoken law – Treat thy horse as thyself.

Founded within the reign of the first Rey Salvaje, Nazario del Bosque, the Polvo de Oro horse project is yet in its fledgling stages, and aims to encompass more than just a simple breeding project, but to deepen the understanding between rider and steed as a whole. From training methods to tack, the project seeks to develop its own likeness in behavior, appearance in garb, cultural influence, as well as produce quality trail horses suited to high maneuverability and workloads with other livestock, suitable mostly for Coyote means.

While not every horse within Del Cenere may hold the title of a Polvo de Oro, Del Cenerens may exalt their horses to the same standards in the trappings of the project through training and physical expression with tack and barding.

As of 2023, Del Cenere has put a limitation on "First Generation" Polvo de Oro horses - foals born of two non-contributing horses within pack territory are no longer considered Generation One Polvos as the Gang starts gearing towards a breed standard.

Rules and Guidelines...
  1. Only horses born within the territory of Del Cenere may carry the title of/will be recognized as Polvo de Oro.
    • If a Polvo stallion is studded out to a mare, and the resulting foal is born elsewhere (eg. in the territory of another pack, in neutral territories, etc.), the foal may only be referred to as a descendant from Polvo de Oro stock, and will not be recognized in any official manner.
    • Similarly, if a Polvo stallion or mare is traded out of Del Cenere, any/all of its future offspring will also only be recognized as descendants from Polvo de Oro stock, and will not be recognized in any official manner. This is due to the horse being taken out of the Polvo de Oro program, and, thus, there being no control over breeding constraints to ensure they fit the breed's standard.
  2. Polvo de Oro have trading constraints within Del Cenere. The Gang will only seek to trade eligible communal Polvo stock once a year during the Lancaster Stockshow in auctions. Additionally, Del Cenere gelds communal stallions that are slotted for trade, in order to keep a semblance of exclusivity to Polvo accessibility abroad.
  3. Del Cenere takes exceptional pride in its horses! As such, they seek to keep the Polvo's breeding exclusivity amongst their ranks; privately owned Polvo de Oro horses may be traded out of Del Cenere, however, characters seeking to trade out any Polvo de Oros they own must geld the stallions leaving Del Cenere. This is to prevent the muddying of the Polvo de Oro registry and links to the rules above - any foals born abroad will carry no official recognition of the Polvo de Oro title.
  4. Del Cenere will not trade out untrained Polvos. Any and all horses which leave Del Cenere's custody must fit the rigorous training regimen, and thus, will not be eligible for adoption until gentled at two years of age, if not older.
  5. To ensure the quality of the breed's structure and apply consistent training across all Polvos, Del Cenere limits yearly studding to five projected foals a season. Del Cenere Players seeking to breed a Polvo de Oro foal for themselves should make their request each spring to Leadership, and preferably breed to existing Polvos in order to create consistency with successive generations.
    • Polvo mares may only be bred once every two to three years to allot for an appropriate recovery period between pregnancies. Due to this higher rate of pregnancy, most mares are retired from breeding after three foals to ensure their continued health.


1.  Characteristics and Breed Standards

1.1  Build

The Polvo de Oro horse is a medium sized grade horse 1 with an even-keeled build to produce a sturdy workhorse with a driven, yet cooperative disposition and high handleability. The Polvo's composition in build lends them high endurance, and have a comfortable, easy ride. These horses are moderate in size, and generally not equipped to carry large luperci. While abberations to the rule exist, the general phenotype of the breed standard consists of the following:

  • 14 - 16.5 hands high at the withers (56 - 66 in | 142 - 168 cm), with the average height within the 15 hand range (60in, 152.4cm)
  • Between 1000 - 1400 lbs (453.5 - 635 kg), with the average weight in the realm of 1200 lbs (544 kg)
  • Straight profiled faces, with refined features
  • Fur-lined ears with a subtle inward tilt at the tip
  • "Ideal" neck conformation with a modest fatty crest, which is more defined on stallions than mares
  • Straight-backed, with pronounced withers and a mid-placed tail height
  • Lean legs positioned neatly beneath the barrel
  • Gaited, the standard trot is replaced with either a broken pace or a broken trot

1.2  Color

Due to the highly varied nature in the base stock of the Polvo de Oro's progenitors, all base colors (chestnut, bay, and black) are either present, or have a potential to yield in progeny. Per the breed's color naming conventions, these base coat colors are divvied into the following "lines": Oro (chestnut), Bronce (bay), or Plata (black) - Colors may have their own localized terms for the horse's resulting color (liver oro, honey oro, amber bronce, smoky cream plata, etc). Most Polvo are effected by dilution genes like Cream, Champagne, or Silver - as such, their coats have a tendency to "bleach" over summer months, only to darken back up come winter. The Polvo de Oro project favors Dun stock over clear-coat individuals.

All Polvo de Oro horses receive Del Cenere's brand at one year of age over their left shoulder.

Other Modifiers

Tarnish and Patina are additional modifiers which may be present within Polvo lines, and are the localized terms for the breed.

» Tarnish
This refers to the dispersal of dark hair along the topline of the horse, and is commonly referred to as counter shading. The dark pigment itself is either black hair on bay, or is otherwise hyper-pigmented red hair on chestnut that might otherwise appear dark brown or black. Tarnish has no effect on black horses. This dispersal of pigment is not uniform across the coat, and is not to be confused for a Dun's dorsal stripe or other Dun gene factors. This trait can commonly result in dappling patterns, and is most pronounced on lighter coats like buckskin or palomino. Horses with tarnishing may have a dark mask over the bony areas of their face.

This trait is considered polygenic, and its inheritance is unknown. Tarnish can appear over any coat color, though is not visible on black or black-dilute coats.

» Patina
This refers to the even dispersal of white hair through the barrel (body) of the horse. Unlike gray, this gene is not progressive - the foal will be born a solid color, and the white dispersal hairs will become apparent as the adult coat grows in. The head and legs will always be the dark color of the base coat. If the skin or follicle is damaged, the hair will grow back its original base coat color - this is referred to as a corn mark; some Luperci may use this tactic to create purposeful, permanent patterns in the horse's coat. Some horses may develop reverse dapples with the Patina gene.

Patina is considered a simple inheritance gene - if one parent possesses it, there's a 50% chance to pass Patina to offspring, and if a horse possesses the gene, it will be visibly expressed. Patina can appear over any coat color.

Ideal Color Gallery

Ideal color breed standard for the Polvo de Oro consists of Dun equines with either Tarnish or Patina overlaying the coat. Dun markings will always consist of leg bars and dorsal stripes paired with body dilution. Other Dun factors that may appear consist of: Cobwebbing, ear barring, dark facial masks, or frosting of the mane and tail. Dorsal stripes may appear less distinct with either Tarnish or Patina, but will still be distinctly visible. Whilst incredibly rare, extreme dun factors may lead to muddled 'striping' of the shoulder shadows which may span further along the wither or exceptionally dark muzzles. Images below are mere examples, and not all-encompassing of preferable shades or patterns.

Click images for full size, hover for color naming convention.

Oro Line

Ivory Oro Dun Patina
Honey Oro Dun Patina Tarnish Honey Oro Dun
Gold Oro Dun Patina Tarnish Gold Oro Dun
Fox Oro Dun Patina Tarnish Fox Oro Dun
Lilac Oro Dun Patina

Bronce Line

Pearl Bronce Dun Patina
Bronce Dunskin Patina Tarnish Bronce Dunskin
Amber Bronce Dun Patina Tarnish Amber Bronce Dun
Bronce Dun Patina Tarnish Bronce Dun
Sable Bronce Dun Patina Tarnish Sable Bronce Dun
Seal Bronce Dun Patina

Plata Line

Cream Plata Dun Patina
Smoky Plata Dun Patina
Classic Plata Dun Patina
Plata Dun Patina

1.3  Temperament

Polvos are anticipated to be responsive to handlers whilst still retaining high energy, endurance and intelligence. They bond tightly to handlers and are easy to train, however, most individuals of the Polvo breed are high-strung and confident, and require regular stimulation both physically and mentally to be satisfied, making them less than ideal for beginning equestrians. Puzzle-minded horses may exhibit less than desirable behaviors of escapism or destructive habits if left to their own devices, and may resort to lignophagia (wood-chewing) or cribbing to sate boredom or stress, both of which may lead to health problems.

Polvo de Oro, given their somewhat intense nature surrounding their bonding, are considered exceptionally sensitive to their handler's moods or temperament and will often respond in kind. Polvos which are not tended to with regularity may grow recalcitrant to handling or behave with defensive aggression with biting, nipping, or stomping. Without regular handling, they will go barn sour relatively quickly.

1.4  Grading and Disqualifying Factors

Grade Scale

» Good

Horses within this category are considered favorable towards the breed standard and fit within favorable parameters with size, color, and disposition. There are three grades within the Good category:

A1 : Exemplary specimen. Horse is the proper size, possesses exceptional temperament, and expresses the dun gene with either patina or tarnish, and otherwise minimal white markings.

A2 : Quality animal. Horse is the proper size, possesses exceptional temperament, and expresses the dun gene.

A- : Passable animal. Horse is the proper size, possesses exceptional temperament, and expresses patina or tarnish.

» Borderline

Horses within this category are not necessarily favorable to the breed standard, but may still be permitted within the breeding project for otherwise desirable trait. Horses within this grade generally must have a favorable temperament or aptitude for training to qualify. There are three grades within the Borderline category :

B1 : Passable animal. Horse may not be the proper size, but still possesses an exceptional temperament, and expresses the dun gene.

B2 : Passable animal. Horse may not be the proper size, but still possesses an exceptional temperament, and expresses patina or tarnish.

B- : Questionable animal. Horse may not be the proper size, nor favorable color, but still possesses an exceptional temperament.

» Barred

Horses within this category are considered barred from the project unless an exception is made.

These horses all fall outside of breed standards; Either their conformation is not considered par (too large, too small, exaggerated features outside of the standard), the color is unfavorable, or the behavior is not to par with the handle-ability and training standards. Extreme enough variations from the standard, especially in the rare case of deformity or any instances which may impact the animal's quality of life, may result in a cull to prevent suffering or hardship on behalf of the horse.

All colts born to this category are gelded at a young age, both to salvage the animal's temperament, and to avoid any breeding.

Disqualifying Factors

The following instances may result in a horse being barred from the project for falling outside of breed standards:

  • Height or Weight outside of breed standard (either too small, or too large)
  • Temperament issues, either via excessive aggression, lethargy, general uncooperative manners, or neurosis
  • Exaggerated features: Concave or Convex facial profiles, baroque or close-coupled necks, high tail placement, or builds which lean either too far into hot-blood or oriental breeds, or towards cold-blood draft breeds
  • Paint Markings: Overo in all forms is barred from the project after a case of partial deafness was discovered in a yearling. Tobiano may land a horse in borderline, provided the markings are minimal, and take up less than 20% of the body; Sabino and Rabicano are considered barred for interference with Patina
  • Appaloosa: Appaloosa is barred from the project for potential night blindness or vision issues, and for interference involving Patina with throwing false/"varnish" roan patterns
  • Excessive White Markings: Leg markings beneath "half stockings"/half cannons are permitted, but anything above this is considered to impact favor-ability

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2.  Registry

Key
Oro - Chestnut Base Color Bronce - Bay Base Color Plata - Black Base Color
Dn - Dun Modifier Pt - Patina Tr - Tarnish
Cr - Single Cream Dilute
DCr - Double Cream Dilute
Ch - Champagne Dilute
Sl - Silver Dilute
Gr - Gray
Non-Contributing Parent

Horse is an outcross and not a part of the Polvo de Oro project

Good

Horse fits within breed standard for the Polvo de Oro project

Borderline

Horse has restricted breeding due to conformation issues

Barred

Horse falls outside of breed standard for the Polvo de Oro project

2.1  Stud Log

Generation One (See Stud Log)
2020
Stud Dam Offspring
Evelyn's Blackjack x Evelyn's Vegas Saratoga (Plata CrSl)
Santiago's Dutch x Santiago's Bruni El Paso (Plata Dn)
Jefe x Maricopa Miskey (Plata CrPt)
x Catin Whilk (Plata DnCrSl)
Saguaro x Imrah Midas (Bronce CrPt)
2021
Stud Dam Offspring
Bairre x Briarblack's Taja Atascadero (Bronce SlPt)
Morrigan's Barclay (ne. Friday) x Rhoda Peta (Plata Ch)
x Telluride Ouray (Bronce Ch)
Evelyn's Blackjack x Hell's Bells Capella (Plata Cr)
x Imrah Pigeon (Plata CrPt)
x Wynona Providence (Bronce CrTr)
2022
Stud Dam Offspring
Ares x Hosea's Voodoo Fancy (Bronce Tn)
Aelin's Lindir x Maricopa Cimarron (Oro Pt)
Unnamed x Nazario's Riselka Huldra (Oro CrPt)
Generation Two (See Stud Log)
2023
Stud Dam Offspring
Esperanza's El Paso x Sean's Butter Croissant Pontiac (Bronce Dn)
Midas x Rafaela's Amadahy Kiowa (Plata Gr)
x Colter's Lil Miss Junior [BORN ABROAD]
x Sugabear's Pollyanna Dorado (Oro DnCr)
x Whilk Bandera (Plata DnCr)
x Chipeta (Plata DnDCr)
2024
Stud Dam Offspring
Atascadero x Bennett's Juanita Afortunado (Bronce CrSl)
x Providence Hidalgo (Bronce SlPt)
Esperanza's El Paso x Peta Paloma (Plata DnCh)
x Briarblack's Taja Wichahpi (Plata Sl)
Midas x Tallahassee's Ida May Sangria [BORN ABROAD]
2025
Stud Dam Offspring
Harriet Courtright's Cerberus x Miskey ???
Midas x Sugabear's Pollyanna ???
x Ciccio's Vescovi ???

2.2  Registered Horses

Animals logged in our Registry only account for horses present within Del Cenere until traded out, and will be marked as removed via their Status. Hover over a horse's Status for information pertaining to disqualifying factors. Horses are organized by birth year, then alphabetically.

Generation One Horses (Hide)

Stallions & Geldings (Hide Horses)
by Despi
El Paso | Plata Line, Borderline Grade B- (Privately Owned by Esperanza Tejada)
  • Birth Year: 2020
  • Coat Color: Plata Dun
    • Markings: Tobiano
  • Size:
    • Height: 17.2hh (68.8in, 174.7cm)
    • Weight: ~1600lbs (725.7kg)
  • Description: A deep colored dun, El Paso's patterns are broken up by bright Tobiano markings. He possesses a bald face, which results in pink skin on his muzzle and around his eyes, and both eyes are a frosty blue. El Paso is a horse of exceptional size and strength, harkening back to his sire's warmblood ancestry.
  • Personality: Intelligent to a fault, and tests boundaries. Not aggressive, yet eager to push limits and belligerent at times - El Paso seems to enjoy causing problems on purpose.

Stud Status: Gelded/Retired

Stud Log
by Despi
Midas | Bronce Line, Borderline Grade B2 (Communally Stabled)
  • Birth Year: 2020
  • Coat Color: Gray Bronce Buckskin Patina
    • Markings: Front socks, rear half-stockings
  • Size:
    • Height: 16.2hh (66in, 167cm)
    • Weight: ~1300lbs (589.6kg)
  • Description: Muscled and strong, his once rich coloring has silvered out into a mellow and desaturated off-white dapple. His graying gene has lead to some 'leeching' in his leg markings, which have become less distinct with age. His build is sturdy, robust, and well-proportioned, if somewhat more in-line with a feral-leaning grade build.
  • Personality: Confident, demanding and personable. Stubborn, willful, and haughty, but likes affection and scratches. A prideful animal, Midas at times requires a firm hand.

Stud Status: Gelded/Retired

Stud Log
by Despi
Atascadero | Bronce Line, Borderline Grade B2 (Communally Stabled)
  • Birth Year: 2021
  • Coat Color: Silver Bronce Patina
    • Markings: Snip, rear stockings
  • Size:
    • Height: 17hh (68in, 172cm)
    • Weight: ~1500lbs (680.3kg)
  • Description: A large and powerful animal - despite his size, he's idyllic when it comes to conformation for Polvo de Oro traits in build: long-legged, balanced musculature, and straight-backed with pronounced withers. His base bay coloration is dark, and his silver gene mellows out much of the black pigment to a deep chocolate color. His Patina is well-distributed and gives him a satin-like appearance.
  • Personality: Headstrong and fearless, like his dam. Willing to listen to handlers and friendly enough, but his patience is limited and his mood can sour quickly. Driven.

Stud Status: Active

Stud Log
by Despi
Ouray | Bronce Line, Barred (Traded to Casa di Cavalieri)
  • Birth Year: 2021
  • Coat Color: Sable Bronce
    • Markings: None
  • Size:
    • Height: 17hh (68in, 172cm)
    • Weight: ~1400lbs (589.6kg)
  • Description: Tall and leggy, and gracefully built. He carries himself highly and has a very alert posture. Ouray's coat is a glossy bronze with a gold underbelly, and his gray skin has subtle pink freckles. Per his champagne dilution, he's got gold-green eyes.
  • Personality: Dainty, fussy, hot-headed. Obedient, yet food-aggressive, and thus is best suited for stable living.

Stud Status: Removed from Project

Stud Log
  • 202-
    • Removed from the Project
by Despi
Fancy | Bronce Line, Good Grade A- (Privately Owned by Peony Braithwaite)
  • Birth Year: 2022
  • Coat Color: Tarnish Bronce
    • Markings: Star, stripe & snip, rear socks
  • Size:
    • Height: 16hh (64in, 163cm)
    • Weight: ~1400lbs (589.6kg)
  • Description: A rusty colored bay, with an exceptionally dark topline from his Tarnish gene, with bright, well-defined dapples, making him an ideal progenetor for the color. His facial marking consists of a connected star, stripe, and a long snip that extends onto his lower lip and chin. He's got a daintier build compared to other Polvos, thanks largely in part to his dam's hotblood heritage.
  • Personality: Sociable, agreeable, though can be flamboyant, excitable and antsy with other horses. Playful, and relatively gentle. Mildly possessive.

Stud Status: Inactive

Stud Log
  • 202-
    • Animal has not reproduced
Mares (Hide Horses)
by Despi
Miskey | Plata Line, Borderline Grade B2 (Communally Stabled)
  • Birth Year: 2020
  • Coat Color: Smoky Plata Patina
    • Markings: Star, rear sock
  • Size:
    • Height: 17hh (68in, 172cm)
    • Weight: ~1400lbs (589.6kg)
  • Description: Exceptionally leggy and tall. Has developed somewhat faint reverse dapples in her patina, and a rusty ombre in her mane and tail which are both most apparent in summer months after a period of sunbleaching.
  • Personality: Subdued and submissive. Laid-back, and generally mild-mannered and polite, and has grown a little more independent with age, though she still fares best when near her bonded companion, Whilk.

Broodmare Status: Active

Foaling Log
  • 202-
    • Animal has not reproduced
by Despi
Saratoga | Plata Line, Borderline Grade B- (Privately Owned by Rafaela Tejada)
  • Birth Year: 2020
  • Coat Color: Smoky Silver Plata
    • Markings: Blaze, front pasterns, rear socks
  • Size:
    • Height: 16hh (64in, 162.5cm)
    • Weight: ~1200lbs (544kg)
  • Description: A deep chocolate silver black horse, with subtle dapples, namely around her belly. Her mane and tail are exceptionally pallid.
  • Personality: Intelligent and inquisitive, Saratoga has a tendency to push boundaries and test limits. Appreciates challenges, while also posing challenge of her own. Even tempered, and fearless.

Broodmare Status: Inactive

Foaling Log
  • 202-
    • Animal has not reproduced
by Despi
Whilk | Plata Line, Good Grade A2 (Communally Stabled)
  • Birth Year: 2020
  • Coat Color: Smoky Silver Plata Dun
    • Markings: Irregular Blaze
  • Size:
    • Height: 15.2hh (60in, 152cm)
    • Weight: ~1000lbs (453kg)
  • Description: Thanks to her genes, Whilk's coat is a silvery cream tone. Her primitive markings are a pale chocolate color, her mane and tail are off-white, and her face frames a sprawling, irregular apron blaze, with a dark kiss mark on her upper lip.
  • Personality: Mischievous, playful, and overtly friendly. Seeks attention, and enjoys puzzles, but is a habitual treat-thief, if given access. Nigh inseparable from bonded companion, Miskey.

Broodmother Status: Retired

Foaling Log
by Despi
Capella | Plata Line, Barred (Privately Owned by Colm Bromley)
  • Birth Year: 2021
  • Coat Color: Smoky Plata
    • Markings: Minimal Splash Overo
  • Size:
    • Height: 15hh (60in, 152.4cm)
    • Weight: ~1200lbs (544kg)
  • Description: Her sleek, black coat bleaches to a rich rust in summer months along her back and barrel, while leaving her neck, head, limbs and chest exceptionally dark. She possesses a unique bald face marking, stockings, and a small white patch on her belly.
  • Personality: Spirited, wily, and fast. Difficult to stop once she's going. Stubborn, and has some aggression issues - potentially linked to her partial deafness, discovered once training began in earnest.

Broodmare Status: Prohibited for Health (Deafness)

Foaling Log
  • 202-
    • Animal is barred from the project
by Despi
Peta | Plata Line, Borderline Grade B- (Communally Stabled)
  • Birth Year: 2021
  • Coat Color: Classic Plata
    • Markings: Stripe, rear sock, rear pastern
  • Size:
    • Height: 15.5hh (62in, 157.5cm)
    • Weight: ~1200lbs (544kg)
  • Description: Very solid - both in color, and in build. Her coat is very brassy and bronze in color, though the very roots of her subtly ombred mane and tail are a deep, deep chocolate. Her eyes are a rich gold color.
  • Personality: Dainty, shy, and mildly recalcitrant. Works well with those she trusts - however, earning her trust takes time and consistency. Tends to hyperfixate on bonded handlers.

Broodmare Status: Active

Foaling Log
  • 202-
    • Animal has not reproduced
by Despi
Pigeon | Plata Line, Good Grade A- (Privately Owned by Lolicia Tejada)
  • Birth Year: 2021
  • Coat Color: Smoky Plata Patina
    • Markings: Interrupted star and irregular stripe
  • Size:
    • Height: 16.2hh (66in, 167cm)
    • Weight: ~1300lbs (589.6kg)
  • Description: Nigh indistinguishable from a standard black, the main giveaways for Pigeon's dilute status is the rich red ombre and subtle cream tone in her roaned patina which appear with summer sunbleaching. Her abrupt, short stripe marking splits into a fork.
  • Personality: Confident and confrontational. Unbridled punk energy and habitual kleptomaniac; Playing keep away is a favorite pass-time. Tenacious and fool-hardy, but sweet, and makes attempts to co-groom handlers.

Broodmare Status: Inactive

Foaling Log
  • 202-
    • Animal has not reproduced
by Despi
Providence | Bronce Line, Good Grade A- (Communally Stabled)
  • Birth Year: 2021
  • Coat Color: Tarnish Bronce Buckskin
    • Markings: None
  • Size:
    • Height: 15.5hh (62in, 157.5cm)
    • Weight: ~1200lbs (544kg)
  • Description: A deep gold base color, with dark points - Providence's deep color is made all the more stark with her added tarnish, which throws dapples along her sides. Her deep color may suggest potential seal brown genetics.
  • Personality: Flighty and mildly nippy - Providence is a proud horse that doesn't tolerate handlers who lack confidence. She does enjoy ear rubs and is easy to ply with snacks. Does things on her terms, and doesn't yield her space, nor attention, easily.

Broodmare Status: Active

Foaling Log
  • 202-
    • Animal has not reproduced
by Despi
Cimarron | Oro Line, Good Grade A- (Communally Stabled)
  • Birth Year: 2022
  • Coat Color: Lilac Oro Patina
    • Markings: Blaze, front heel, front coronet, rear pasterns
  • Size:
    • Height: 15hh (60in, 152.4cm)
    • Weight: ~1200lbs (544kg)
  • Description: A rich liver base coat has made her patina a blue-ish silver tone. She possesses something of 'skunk' tail, in which the hair at the start of her tail is a bright, strawberry blonde. She has an apron blaze, and a pair of dark kiss marks on her upper lip.
  • Personality: Bold and skeptical, and tests her boundaries. Puzzle oriented and nosy. Expressive, and seemingly opinionated and communicative. Escape artist, if left to her own devices.

Broodmare Status: Inactive

Foaling Log
  • 202-
    • Animal is immature
by Despi
Huldra | Oro Line, Good Grade A- (Privately Owned by Calliandra Braithwaite)
  • Birth Year: 2022
  • Coat Color: Honey Oro Patina
    • Markings: Badger, rear sock, rear pastern
  • Size:
    • Height: 16.5hh (66in, 167.64cm)
    • Weight: ~1300lbs (589.6kg)
  • Description: Huldra's points are a rich, shimmery gold, off-set by the very light alabaster of her patina. Her silky mane and tail are exceptionally pale, and her face is framed by a badger marking.
  • Personality: She is an attentive worrywart - deeply curious, yet deeply cautious. Unpredictable, and doesn't take well to surprise. Overcompensates her position in pecking order, but is otherwise intensely focused and interested in her handlers and her surroundings.

Broodmare Status: Inactive

Foaling Log
  • 202-
    • Animal is immature

Generation Two Horses (Hide)

Stallions & Geldings (Hide Horses)
by Despi
Dorado | Oro Line, Good Grade A2 (Communally Stabled)
  • Birth Year: 2023
  • Coat Color: Honey Oro Dun
    • Markings: Stripe & snip, rear socks, front pastern
  • Size:
    • Height: 15.7hh (62.8in, 159.5cm)
    • Weight: ~1200lbs (544.3kg)
  • Description: Well-balanced and athletically built, Dorado is sleek and graceful. The shimmering gold of his palomino coat is mellowed by the dun gene, and his primitive markings are a dull chocolate. The end of his tail is interspersed with other hyper-pigmented brown hairs. His narrow stripe broadens as it travels further down his muzzle.
  • Personality: Pugnacious, determined, and keen. Dorado is attentive and takes readily to instruction from handlers, though he bores quickly when unengaged. Requires supervision with other horses, as he can be something of an acquired taste socially.
Stud Log
  • 202-
    • Animal is immature
by Despi
Pontiac | Bronce Line, Good Grade A2 (Privately Owned by Sean Butler)
  • Birth Year: 2023
  • Coat Color: Bronce Dun
    • Markings: Blaze, rear half-stockings
  • Size:
    • Height: 16hh (64in, 163cm)
    • Weight: ~1300lbs (589.6kg)
  • Description: Lithe and lean, Pontiac is a well-balanced Polvo. His dun dilutes his coat into a rich, warm gold, and primitive markings are dark. He possesses cobwebbing around his crown, disrupted by his blaze, and his shoulder shadow is a dark smudge. His most notable feature, however, are his abnormal blue eyes - a trait inherited from his sire.
  • Personality: Intelligent and attentive. Pontiac is deeply fascinated by everything - which, while excellent for training, also means he gets into all sorts of trouble. Quick to startle, but has a tendency to stay put rather than run.
Stud Log
  • 202-
    • Animal is immature
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Afortunado | Bronce Line, Borderline Grade B- (Privately Owned by Esmerelda de la Luz)
  • Birth Year: 2024
  • Coat Color: Silver Bronce Buckskin
    • Markings: Blaze, rear half-stocking
  • Size:
    • Height: --hh (--in, --cm)
    • Weight: ~--lbs (--kg)
  • Description:
  • Personality: Is a baby!
Stud Log
  • 202-
    • Animal is immature
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Hidalgo | Bronce Line, Good Grade A- (Communally Stabled)
  • Birth Year: 2024
  • Coat Color: Silver Seal Bronce Patina
    • Markings: Star, snip, rear half-stocking, rear sock
  • Size:
    • Height: --hh (--in, --cm)
    • Weight: ~--lbs (--kg)
  • Description:
  • Personality: Is a baby!
Stud Log
  • 202-
    • Animal is immature
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Bandera | Plata Line, Good Grade A2 (Communally Stabled)
  • Birth Year: 2023
  • Coat Color: Smoky Plata Dun
    • Markings: Irregular blaze, rear socks
  • Size:
    • Height: --hh (--in, --cm)
    • Weight: ~--lbs (--kg)
  • Personality: Is a baby!

Broodmare Status: Inactive

Foaling Log
  • 202-
    • Animal is immature
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Chipeta | Plata Line, Good Grade A2 (Communally Stabled)
  • Birth Year: 2023
  • Coat Color: Cream Plata Dun
    • Markings: Blaze, front pastern, rear pastern, rear sock
  • Size:
    • Height: --hh (--in, --cm)
    • Weight: ~--lbs (--kg)
  • Personality: Is a baby!

Broodmare Status: Inactive

Foaling Log
  • 202-
    • Animal is immature
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Kiowa | Plata Line, Borderline Grade B- (Privately owned by Rafaela Tejada)
  • Birth Year: 2023
  • Coat Color: Gray Plata
    • Markings: Star, front socks, rear sock
  • Size:
    • Height: --hh (--in, --cm)
    • Weight: ~--lbs (--kg)
  • Personality: Is a baby!

Broodmare Status: Inactive

Foaling Log
  • 202-
    • Animal is immature


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3.  Training and Handleability

3.1  Methodology

» Standards and Trust Building

Del Cenere utilizes very specific standards when it comes to training all of their horses - regardless as to whether or not they are Polvo de Oro. Rather than train their animals via forcible methods, or negative association, Ashen handlers are expected to be exemplary with their patience when it comes to their approach with horses, deepen bonds through positive touch reinforcement communication, and enforce trust between horse and rider. As such, horse handlers undergo training much the same that the horses do, each learning method and tactic to which to best suit their equine companions and learn how to best understand the care to which these animals require.

Trainers and riders alike should be expected to understand how to read the nuance in equine body language - while low speech is something some Luperci may learn and utilize, learning to associate movements and actions tied to the wordless language horses speak is more immediately available. It should never be a handler's goal to subjugate the horse to their will, but rather to make a request, and have the horse heed it through repeated training and groundwork without the need for excessive force.

Handling happens young with the Polvo breed. While the first year is spent with the foal's mother, handlers are expected to give them each plenty of care to start the positive association with Luperci young - and the foal is only removed for short stints of time and given the beginning of halter training once weaned to help bolster the animal's confidence and independence. Trainers should be averse to utilizing treats when teaching the horses, especially when young, to avoid bribery for good behavior, and instead instill positive reinforcement through touch - such as giving scratches in 'hard to reach' areas on the horse's withers, hips or croup, or wherever else they may so favor.

With regular handling, horses are expected to participate in routine medical check up (ears, eyes, lips, teeth, hooves) without incident.

» Liberty Training

What is Liberty Training?

Once young horses are of the appropriate age and weight, at about generally a year old, they are brought into either the Arena or a pen for small socialization sessions alongside other horses of similar size, sex and age. This is the foundation for all of Del Cenere's trust building and horse work - After being turned loose and being allowed to settle in and communicate with one another, the handler then can engage in a liberty-training session. The goal of these sessions is simple - to reinforce the idea that the handler is a high-ranking herd member to the young horses, to assess the animals' well-being and cooperation, and to teach communication when making 'requests' on shared language.

While horses may not speak Luperci, Luperci may pick up on the quieter language of horses.

Handlers will engage the horses by seeking to 'drive' them - this is to say that they will make approaches and do what's called 'sending', where a raised hand, or shuffled feet, pass on the quiet request to move the horses from whatever area they occupy. Generally a handler will seek to move the group together as a 'herd', and will follow the horses in order to make the request clear. Similar to lunging, yet much more at-will, this low-pressure environment teaches rider and horse alike how to make, and anticipate, requests. Once properly driven with sending, the handler may choose to 'cut' pathways by intercepting the perceived trajectory of the horses on foot, or separate them by using presence, and send them elsewhere.

Handlers should always monitor the horses to ensure that they are 'checking in', to which the horse will pause in motion and regard the handler (Head turned towards them, ears alert and listening), and should always reward attentive behavior with touch to communicate.

While Liberty Training may start young, every horse should experience regular sessions in order to maintain the relationship.

» Gentling and Taming

In more extreme cases of unresponsive horses, or more commonly, in green or wild horses, gentling may be a required course of action in order to reprogram the animal's unwanted behaviors. Rather than 'breaking' the horse by throwing it into the deep end by chasing it down and tossing a saddle onto its back, experienced Caballistas will seclude the horse, bring it to a round pen, and work with it in sessions in methods similar to Liberty Training, yet much more intensive with its one-on-one nature.

Handlers will drive the horse continuously in these sessions, seeking to implement a persistent presence - while this causes the animal stress, it is only continued until the wild horse seeks to stop and 'check in' with the handler, to which the handler will reward the horse with a pause in movement, and space. Movements in these instances will be slow, and careful, but the moment the handler loses the horse's attention, the driving will resume, thus instilling and reinforcing that non-responsive behaviors results in stress.

While not preferable, some handlers may choose to wield flags (sticks with tassles, cloth, or leather attached to one end that makes ruffling or clapping sounds when moved) in order to aid in driving and to ensure that the horse does not counter and, in turn, rush them. These tools are frightening for the quick movement and noise - they are never utilized on the animal with touch, but are rather lifted and waved to induce discomfort or fear in order to command space and respect. This tool is used sparingly, and mostly only utilized in dire situations, of course - where the horse may have violent tendencies, or in persistent moments of non-responsiveness towards handling in order to draw the equine's attention.

Through repeated exposure, Caballistas are able to gradually build up a foundation of trust and eventually close the space between themselves and the horse, and begin associating positive reinforcement with touch. Once this point is achieved, gentling sessions may move into larger pens, or the Arena, and transition into the general Liberty Training sessions.

» Desensitization and Repetition

Horses can be fickle! Some horses may not be patient when it comes to removing halters, some may threaten or attempt to nip when getting cinched up in their saddles, some are reluctant to hand over their hooves for inspection and cleaning - and all of these are examples of poor behaviors which are certainly undesirable. Structure, schedule, and repetition tends to help in breaking bad habits, or stopping them from developing in the first place; and handlers are expected to catch these behaviors and correct them before they get to be problems.

Training sessions for desensitization and repetition tend to be done in one-on-one instances, and generally begin after groundwork has been laid with liberty training and a foundation of trust has been built with the horse. While on a lead, horses are brought outdoors into pens, or the arena, where they may be exposed to distractions, and they begin their work. Many poor behaviors regarding tack tend to stem from anxiety or excitement, and thus, re-association with items that may cause these stresses need to be reprogrammed into good stimuli. Each training session starts off with a de-stressing groom session, in which the horse is thoroughly brushed out and cared for. Not only does this help in the case of tacking up horses to keep from getting uncomfortable grit ground against their skin, but it strengthens bonds between rider and horse. In the case of saddling, which is a common trouble with young Polvos undergoing rider training, handlers will tailor a training session involving throwing the weight of the saddle over the horse's back, removing it, and repeating the motions until it no longer prompts the horse to move away, or turn, before moving onto actions like cinching the girth, where the process begins again. Once the saddle is in place, handlers will reward the horse with a good itch and scratch session around points where the saddle makes contact, thus relating the unfamiliar pressure and rather frightening object (saddle) with good stimuli. The goal is to exercise patience and calm - and in time, the horse will mirror that as well.

Repetitive exposure is not only useful in breaking habits, but is vital in instilling new ones, as well. Whether pull training, rider training, or preparing an equine for a job as a warhorse, handler teams are encouraged to find ways to slowly introduce these new behaviors into the horse's lives through small increments until the animal is used to whatever stimuli is being introduced. Horses working livestock may end up doing liberty training or otherwise having sessions alongside small hoofstock or cattle, a secondary handler might make noises outside of the arena or wave a weapon if the horse is being trained to handle the stressful environment of warfare, etc. - Handlers, however, must be mindful of the horse's limits, and take care not to push them too far too quickly.

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1 The Polvo de Oro is inspired largely by the following breeds: Nez Perce, Nokota, Colorado Ranger, Rocky Mountain Horse

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