Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Update: Cregga and Mago



Our next update is about Cregga and Mago! Then our final one will be about Dylan - it's the most in depth and will have videos and lots of pictures. 



Mago:

Wait who the heck is Mago!?

Well. I didn't *mean* to bring him home. He was a surprise. I didn't know I was bringing home another horse. I wasn't planning on it! 

At Haras Cup this year, the winners of all the divisions were put into a raffle to win an even bigger prize. The professional division winners were put into a raffle to win a $20,000 watch. The amateur division winners were put into a raffle to win a Haras bred 2016 Lusitano colt. This was a complete surprise to me - and an even bigger surprise when they pulled MY name out of the silver plate. They led the colt up right then and there, and handed me his lead rope! I'll have a full write up on Haras in Dylan's update. It was quite an experience!

So anyway, now I had this colt on the end of the lead rope, to my total surprise and delight. I technically had an open slot in my trailer, so... off we went home! Before we headed out, I was promised his papers and told his name - Mago. (Pronounced "Mah-go" which means magician in Spanish. Fitting since he just magically showed up on my trailer!) He loaded right onto my trailer and right off again easily when we got home, with no problems at all. Pretty much the first thing I did when I got him was geld him, and then the second he was ready he got kicked out into the mare field. It wasn't a second too soon either, considering Dylan was NOT taking to having a new set of cajones on the property and was attacking the fencelines with a savagery I've never seen out of him before (and hope to never again). 

He's been completely cool for the most part. A little weird with his feet, and not very nice to Cregga post-weaning, but he doesn't care about anything else. He stands tied for all kinds of grooming, and I can even walk out into the field with him loose and throw a blanket on him no problems. He will be two in March, so he's about to start learning about bridles, saddles, and life in general. I may not keep him forever, but I will get him going under saddle and see what he's capable of!


The winner is!

Coming home from Haras




Meeting new friends











Cregga:

Cregga turns 11 months old on the 20th. How did that even happen!?

She's been steadily growing and growing. When sticked last month, she was almost 14.2. Mago is 14.3 in front and 15 behind, so they're currently wearing the same size blankets. She's been in baby school like normal for her age - leading, tying, grooming, trimming, clipping, etc. 

Four days ago, we weaned her, and put her out with the top pasture herd. Unlike with Mago, who settled right in, Cregga is not assimilating well with her new friends. O and Dylan have already forgotten she exists, but she has not forgotten they exist. She has spent a lot of time walking the fence and refusing to eat, although she did play some with Pax today. Mago attacked her several times and for a minute I thought he was going to put her through the fence. She in return has not been friendly with any of them, and has been chasing them all away from her, or running from them. Things are slowly, slowly, slowly settling down but she has not figured out how to walk to the far side of the pasture to eat hay. This of course worries me to no end, so I can't help but drag some hay over to her so that she can at least eat *something*. It's been a very high stress weaning for everyone involved. Although admittedly I am not surprised... Cregga is her parents' child after all, and they're completely full of emotional diarrhea themselves. Raw talent and power, athleticism and ability.... aaaaaaand a little bit emotionally unstable. Hopefully they'll settle down soon. She's my baby, the one I'm super excited about, the one who is going to replace both of her parents, so I can't help but worry about her. 


These pictures are all from the past three months, so you'll see her in various sizes and colors of grey!












Soooooo awkward



Already outgrowing her 66"....



Meeting friends

Stubborn then, stubborn now!

Cregga from birth to 10 months!

First day of weaning... not a happy kid!

Playing with Pax

Not being friendly with Uma





Next.... DYLAN! 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Update: Pax, P, O


Our next update covers Pax, O, and P! 


P-mare:

P is doing so much better this winter. She really struggled this summer - I expected she wouldn't survive the heat, but somehow she did. We got lucky and had a very reasonable summer - not too hot and not too muggy. Because of that, I managed to nurse her through the summer with extra feedings, beer, hosings, and cooling techniques. Next year I will have to put her on One AC and maybe put out another fan for her. Or, she may not survive. Last year was the roughest yet. I guess we will see.

But she's been doing so great that I even got on her and walked her around recently. I would love to put her lightly back under saddle but I don't know if I will. I don't want to kill her and she's not very sound, but she is very game. I think we will just have to see, but I don't think we have many, if any, summers left in her.








O:

O is still doing her momma thing! She's bred back but we will have to see if she holds though the winter. We decided after all to go with a fall breeding and fall foal, which I've never done before but is apparently pretty routine down here in Texas. You wouldn't typically do that up North because it gets too cold for neonates. She is about 100 days along and just got her first rhino shot! She looks awesome and lately I've been really missing working her. This next foal is sold if it's a colt - and going to be kept as a pair for Cregga if it's a filly!











Pax:

Can you believe Pax will be there in April!? When did that happen!? She is still very small but looking more mature. I have hope she might make 15.2 or 3 but she's still just barely over 15 hands. The small size had to come from P, which seems to be consistent with this stallion. P's first foal was TINY when I saw her as a 3 year old - maybe 14.1 or 2, if that, literal pony size - which at the time I chalked up to that stallion and it being her first foal. Apparently it's just a consistent thing with P... Throws very small size.
That said, she's turning out to be a better mover than I thought. For awhile, I thought she couldn't trot, but now that she has grown some she can again. Her canter, which was pretty for awhile, currently isn't very good, but I think it will come back. 
I'm not big on starting early and working hard at a young age, but this fall she'll be lightly backed and learn some basic who's-go stuff. There are several little local fun type shows throughout the year that have halter classes, and I'll definitely be taking her to those for some life experience. Then when she's ready, school will begin in the fall. 







Heyyyy maybe she can match with O for a pair! Check out the comparisons between the two of them in that last picture!