It's hot hitting into the mid-90's, and we're still waiting oh so patiently on Libbe and Maria to foal. My preference would be tonight, but I don't think they're going to oblige me. At least we should be cooling down back into the 80's this week.
The foals are all doing well, Kiega has completely shed out. Bruiser is not a blue roan, but a black; Rose is the prima donna with all the boys, and Fifa (we're naming him after the World Cup - big football fans here! So it looks like Wesco Farms World Cup 2010 maybe his name - lol!) is enjoying his play time with Rose and Bruiser. Kiega does play but thinks he's the 'stallion' in the mare/foal pasture, so he'd rather follow the mares around then play with the babies!
The rest of the herd is waiting for me to start bathing/clipping/general clean up on them.
Tomas was out last week, and we're officially all caught up on trimming - yeah! We have visits planned out through the Fall, so we shouldn't get off schedule again until December-ish.
Sent off a huge stack of paperwork to both registries. Late stallion reports, transfers, permanent registration and DNA/PQ tests. A chunk of change as I've procrastinated for so long. ** AMHA coupons are still good for horses that have RV paperwork! Check out their site - AMHA.org registration. These are good through the end of the year.
Other news –
Little Kings Dream Demon and Lucky Four Colorcard Miramax will be out on lease soon. Demon will be going to Imperial Acres for a couple of years, and Miramax is off to Redbud Ranch for the season.
Little (Grosshills Little Mans Anticipation) is off to Wee Gems Minis along with one of our mares Libbe (LGF Miss Liberty Belle on lease) and two mares that came back for re-homing, Charm and Lalique.
It’s going to be nice with less mature stallions, but I’m going to miss these guys and their individual personalities.
How "NOT" to photo a horse.
Trying to take photo's of a weanling can be oh so fun. These are a series of Wesco Farms Count Your Blessings, Ringo's 2009 filly, out of Una (Wesco Farms Bella Luna). They have a serious love affair, and I'm likely going to repeat this breeding in 2011. Blessing (we call her Pretty Girl), thought the whole lead rope and set up was pure torture - we were laughing at her posture!
Maxim steps in to assist.
Finally - a decent shot!
We haven't had a photo-op session with her this year, but she's one of our favorites -
Glossary of Horse Terms
- Veterinarian: That career you wish you had pursued whenever you open your monthly vet bill.
- Horse Shoes: Simply-styled flats which come without a designer label, only last 5-6 weeks, but cost the same as Ferragamo's.
- Horse Show: The ultimate goal and destination of all training, feeding, shoeing, medicating, equipment purchases, and free-time hours whereby for approximately 6 minutes your horse shows you just how badly behaved he can be (see also: Show Horse)
- Hock: Financial condition of all horse owners.
- Stall: What your rig does at rush hour in an unfamiliar city on the way to a big horse show.
- A Bit: What you have left in your pocket after you've been to your favorite tack shop.
- Fence: Decorative structure built to provide your horse with something to chew on.
- Horse Auction: What you think of having after your horse bucks you off.
- Pinto: Green coat pattern found on freshly washed light colored horses left unattended for 2 minutes.
- Well Mannered: Hasn't stepped on, bitten, or kicked anyone for a week.
- Rasp: Abrasive metal tool used to remove excess skin from ones knuckles.
- Lunging: Popular training method in which a horse exercises their owner by spinning them in circles until dizzy.
- Gallop: Customary gait a horse chooses when returning back to the barn.
- Nicely Started: Lunges, but not enough health insurance to even think about riding him.
- Colic: Gastro-intestinal result of eating at horse fair food stands.
- Colt: What your mare gives you when you want a filly.
- Easy to Load: Only takes 3 hours, 4 men, a 50lb bag of oats, and a tractor with loader.
- Easy to Catch: In a 10x10 stall.
- Easy Rider: Rides good in a trailer; not to be confused with "ride-able".
- Endurance Ride: End result when your horse spooks and runs away with you.
- Hives: What you get when receive the vet bill for your 6 horses, 3 dogs, 4 cats, and 1 donkey.
- Hobbles: Walking gait of a horse owner after their foot has been stepped on by their horse.
- Feed: Expensive substance used to manufacture manure.
- Dog House: What you are in when you spend too much money on grooming supplies and pretty halters.
- Light Cribber: We can't afford to build anymore fencing or box stalls for this buzz saw on four legs.
- Three-Gaited Horse: A horse that. 1) trips, 2) stumbles, 3) falls.