10/11/10: The weanlings.
Yesterday was gorgeous weather and John and I took a brief walk around parts of the farm.
The weanlings are, as always, very cute. The three young males: S. Ocoee (S. Sequoyah x NEJ Golddust Emma) a solid black; S. Double Feature (S. Echo’s Finale x Playday Rebecca); and S. Resonance (S. Echo’s Finale x NEJ Golddust Alice) almost a perfectly matched pair of chestnuts, were super friendly and inquisitive. They each wanted their fair share of scratches. We brought bags of carrots for their dams, but it wouldn’t have mattered. Emma, Becca, and Alice would have come to visit whether or not there were treats included.
We hadn’t taught carrots to the little guys yet and they had found the whole interaction with their mothers to be fascinating. D F (Double Feature) decided to try some carrots too. I took a large end and held it for him. He took tiny nibbles, like eating an ice cream cone, and seemed to like it quite well. Ocoee and Resonance were interested, but adopted a wait and see approach.
I don’t really like to give young horses treats other than handfuls of long grass. The carrot pieces or horse treats can get lodged in their throat and make them very ill, even resulting in death. But the way that D F nibbled along the large piece was perfectly safe.
It is always a pleasure to visit the various members of the herd. This is something that I don’t take enough time to do. Knowing that these little fellows are here as a result of our careful planning and care of their parents and them is very fulfilling. We are very pleased with how both S. Sequoyah’s and S. Echo’s Finale’s foals are turning out. And, naturally, Emma, Becca, and Alice have a lot to do with that too! It is important as a breeder to choose really nice mares in both physical and temperament characteristics; and then breed them to very nice stallions, recognizing all the positives and negatives that may result. Too many people do not bother to think about the complex responsibility of the choices that they make.
Once Michael re-enforces some fencing, we will be weaning them this month. We intend to put S. Fieldstone and S. Smoky Mountain in the pasture with them. I’d put S. Celestial Array in too. But I don’t think that he needs the extra grain that goes to the young colts.
When they are gelded and we have waited an appropriate amount of time, we’ll probably put their coming two year old sisters in with them for the winter.
Hopefully, Elizabeth and I will have some new photos up on their pages soon. We’ll keep you posted.