Years ago, when I was first toying with the ideas of breeding my special girls, I considered a gaited horse for Catlow. She almost moves like a gaited horse sometimes, and she has a big overreach with her hind end. I think she'd match well with a gaited horse. But, I am a bit stuck in my ways and just like the way quarter horses look. IF I ever decide to have another baby from her (unlikely, but I can't predict the future), I might go with a gaited horse. I of course get a lot of insight into gaited horses from my "heritage" Tennessee Walker breeding neighbor. I think I would look into a Rocky Mountain Horse first, and Tennessee Walker second....but that's beside the point....right now Catlow will be having a foal sired by Rawhides Slvr Bullet!
Not only is he a wonderfully built stallion with a solid reputation of having a good temperament, but he is also a well known reining stallion that was successfully shown...and grullo on top of that!
Of course I've played around with the color genetics (I was a geneticist in my former life you know...)
Offspring Color Probability (Catlow X Bullet)
25.0% - Red Dun
25.0% - Chestnut/Sorrel
12.5% - Black
12.5% - Bay Dun
12.5% - Bay
12.5% - Grullo
I'll be using the baby as an all around horse, and mostly a trail horse. It's crazy to think that my special horses are almost in their teens. Catlow is 11 this year and Cody is 12. By the time their babies are ridable, they will be 15 and 16!!! I think it is a good time to think about replacing them someday, not that they could ever be replaced, but the timing is right. By the time the girls are slowing down, their young'uns will be developing into solid horses themselves.
It's kinda funny spending time with the herd now. The mares are definitely starting to "show" and are 7 months along (only 4 months left!!!). They are slowing down. I can sense the fatigue in them. They just aren't peppy and almost act like sometimes it is too much work to get moving from a standstill. Don't get me wrong - they are still plenty agile and I see them galloping in the field and cavorting still (saw Cody rearing up and picking on Chico the other day), but they are really taking resting seriously these days.
The weather has been above freezing the past couple of days and Stormy has needed a trim for a while, so I brought her into the new barn and got her done. I just think she looks gorgeous tied to the wall that will be my tack room eventually!
And I might as well show more shots of our barn/garage/shelter. It has it all and is PERFECT! Aside from the fact that it is not finished yet. But our builder does quality work and I will not rush him.
Front side - this building will double as a haul in clinic for horses and some small animals eventually. The garage area will be heated for large animal exams, and there will be a small side room that is also heated with water that will serve as a small animal exam/surgery room. There is clear panel instead of tin above the stalls to allow ambient light in so that the barn will not need to be lit at all during the day. It works really well.
From the back. The horses will have access to the shelter area at all times, and the stalls will be only for bad weather, and feeding supplements (mostly the stalls are for me. My horses have never had them and never seemed to want them. But I will have fun being able to still visit them when the weather is bad)
The stalls area. Just got the first door on today. It is all rough sawn oak. The builder's father saws it from his own woods. We got a great price on it.