Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Naming Catlow's foal

    Catlow's red dun colt will be called Denny (yes, after the horse in The Man From Snowy River). Denny is a fearless, confident, long legged colt with big bone that he inherited from his momma. I suspect he has inherited his momma's flaxen mane and tail too (with that really pale muzzle). I think that Denny will become more coordinated when his body catches up to his legs! He'll probably have a big motor like momma too. What he lacks in coordination, he makes up in character. He is truly fearless, which I'm sure will have its challenges too, but he is a friendly little guy.  Be sure to check out the previous post for the name of Cody's foal.

Naming Cody's foal

    Cody's little black filly officially has a name. She shall be called Charlie! Charlie is a spunky, coordinated, sensitive little filly already showing the moves of her reining sire. Her registered name is not official yet, but I'm going for "Twisted Blue Rawhide" or "Twisted Blue Bullet" - Rawhides Slvr Bullet X Codys Blue Chick.

Friday, May 22, 2015


Here are a few more pictures from 5/19/15 when Catlow's foal was just 1 day old and Cody's foal was 5 days old.

Catlow's foal is so gangly (still is).  He has such nice big legs.  Very long bones.  He'll grow into them eventually.  He is also curious, friendly, and sometimes naughty already.  But I can pick up all 4 feet, rub him everywhere, and he approaches me for attention.  Then he tries to bite me while I pet him!  He doesn't seem to be afraid of anything, and definitely not me.

Cody's foal is coordinated (has been since birth pretty much), has dainty feminine legs, that can carry her like the wind!  Sliding stops, rollbacks!  She's quite athletic.  She is curious, but very scared of me.  Perhaps it stems from catching her to dip her navel (was very stressful for her), but I did the same to the colt and it didn't phase him.  She is a little spit fire.  I've ridden Cody twice now with the filly following along through the woods.  She can get an attitude if she wants Cody to stop so she can nurse but she keeps walking!  And she kicked my dog, Sage, in the jaw because he was following at her heels sniffing her.  Today she ran over the top of my dog, Jasper, striking at him as she went!  She's testing out her new strength.  I got the color genetics back today.  She is black black.  No smoky black and no dun gene.

I have name ideas for them, but I'm curious to hear any ideas for brainstorming.  Mostly I need barn names.  I have registered names picked out for Cody's foal, but I don't think I'll have her barn name incorporated into it.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The whole herd

Cody's foal has found her legs.  At first Cody would chase her around, but she's given up at this point.  She has been practicing her sliding stops, bucking, and racing.

Catlow's foal is still figuring out how to fold up his big legs and lay down.  When he's tired, he'll stand and doze standing up, then finally get so tired he can get motivated to lay down.  He was playing a bit on his unsteady legs this morning.  Catlow is a fabulous mom.  She directs him to keep him out of trouble, away from fences, and other horses.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Cody and her baby

I had to look back at the pictures that the people I bought Cody from gave me of when she was a foal.

It'll be a while before I can do a true age comparison, but her filly has the same look, the same expressions!  So fun!

Catlow had her colt!

I knew she was going to go last night.  All day yesterday she was hanging out in the barn, rubbing her butt on a hay bale, and she had a drip of liquid milk on each teat.  At 11:30, she still wasn't really doing anything other than walking around in her stall and occasionally standing with her tail raised.  So I set my alarm for 1:00am.  I came out just in time to see her having major contractions while standing, leaking fluid. Then she laid down and at 1:30 am he was born!

Poor Catlow has a bit of a torn vulva, but it's pretty minor.  She'll heal up fine.

Her colt is big boned and beautiful!  And he's a red dun!

He's much less concerned about people compared to the filly.  I can touch him all over and he's not worried.  Cody's filly won't let me near her.  I'm not sure it's all to do with the fact that I was there when he was born until he was settled in and nursing well.

Friday, May 15, 2015

New baby

So, I missed the birth.  I had to go to work for one appointment before I could swing back by home.  Good thing my mom was there with my camera, and the neighbors came over to help in case there was anything amiss during the whole process.  I had to drive away knowing that she was in labor and I was likely going to miss it!  So hard!

Enjoy the pictures.  They tell the story pretty well by themselves!  Cody is an excellent mama.  And no, I haven't decided on a name yet.