February at the Farm

Hello,

We are starting to shake off the winter doldrums and spending some time working horses.  We’ve sold four horses over the Winter, and lost one that suddenly became ill overnight and passed away despite hours of attendant care from our vet and family. It never gets easier no matter what their age.  The sold horses are all doing well at excellent homes.

Amber and Kimberly have braved the mud and are starting to ride again.

John has about six days off this week and in to next.  Hopefully, the weather will be nice and he and Michael, Noel and I, and maybe some of the grandkids, Elizabeth and Caitrin can work on some driving horses. 

We have two two year old mares: Sleipnir Hiwassee (Sleipnir Sequoyah x NEJ Golddust Emma) (Black) and Sleipnir Echo’s Celebrity (Sleipnir Echo’s Finale x Playday Rebecca)(Dark Chestnut).  Both are ready to start some driving training.  The ladies are both for sale. Very different styles, but definitely both are poster girls for the Sleipnir Morgans.  Of course, right now they are muddy and still have their long coats.

There are also several other mares that need riding and/or driving training.  Many are for sale and some are not. Some are planned to be new members of the broodmare band.  But that doesn’t mean that they cannot also be fun to use around home.

We have several nice geldings that we want to work with under saddle and /or pleasure driving.  And the stallions are so gorgeous and we haven’t done enough to be driving and riding them.

We have a ‘new to us’ pleasure driving show cart due to arrive sometime soon. Michael and I are setting John to searching for a second easy-entry cart.  Travis has ours while he is working S. Onstar…wow, look for new pics of her soon.  She looks super!! She can do anything from amateur saddle to Pleasure Driving to Roadster to Bike.  Which, speaking of…we are looking for a nice reasonably priced used horse sized roadster cart for her for this show season.  If you know of one, please let us know.  She is ready.

No foals are planned for our farm for this year. So sad. I miss the foals in the years when none are due.  Fortunately, the Nerlands at R’surene Morgans have three due. So, I can get my ‘foal fix’ there!

We are working on plans for some new crosses.  There are several mares of our breeding that we’d like to work in to the foaling path.

Also, the four gentlemen stallions are available for off farm breedings.  I look forward to their foals for others as much as I do theirs for us.

This time of year is soooo busy on the Farm…horses, greenhouse, Antiques…other critters…clean-up from storm damage…we had alot of storm damage this year…paperwork (always)…gardens to ready…carrots to feed to the whole gang…and so much more.

But there is always time for visitors…friends old and new.

We are OPEN Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am until 4 pm. But, also other times by arrangement.  Come see all the gang…two weanling colts, to be gelded through senior citizen retirees that have made it through another Winter.  Someone is almost always here on the farm to show you around.

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A new video on our Website: Sleipnir Onstar being driven

10/11/10:
There is a new video on S. Onstar’s page on our website. It is of Travis driving her last evening. Noel also took a few photos of her with Travis, John and I.

Go to her picture on our Home page/Horses for Sale page, and click on her photo. When her page comes up, there is a spot to click on Driving Video.

It loads in a reasonable amount of time over my air card in the house. Let us know if you have any problems, or questions.

It was a nice break to go down and drive her last evening. The weather had been gorgeous all day; but I hadn’t been feeling well. I was glad that I went; and had lots of fun once again watching her with Travis and John and driving her myself.

She is all show horse at work, but she stops on a dime and she follows Travis in and out of the barn like a companionable pet.

Don’t forget to watch the video of Sleipnir Celestial Array, also being driven.

10/08/2010: John’s and my second times driving S. Onstar

John & I went to drive Sleipnir Onstar again the other day.  She is so much fun; and so smart.  This was only the second time that she had more than one driver.  She learned from last time and understood that we are going to each drive her.  She has figured out that when Travis drives her; then John; and then I do (I let John go first this time) we want her to do different things. She’s a floating roadster for Travis and a Ladies’ pleasure driving mare for me, with a spectacular road trot.  And that flat footed walk…she does it just fine…

Onstar’s conformation is excellent, and her bloodlines are compatible with almost any current breeding program: Waseeka’s Nocturne, UVM Flash, Beamington, and Trophy.

She is very willing to please and loves carrots and tolerates kisses.

I drove S. Onstar for the very first time

Two more photos have been added to S. Onstar’s photo gallery.  They can be viewed through clicking on her photo at the For Sale “Home” page…or going to her Gallery in the www.ImagesnMemories.com site.  SMHF public gallery>> mares>>S. Onstar.

The photos are of my first time driving her EVER.  Only Travis has driven her before this. The picture of Travis running alongside us is because I had also NEVER driven in his ring before. 

The other picture is of us going down the rail. She floats at the trot and she goes FAST!  Travis said that I was holding her back, and she can actually go ALOT FASTER…it was fast enough for me!!

These two photos of her are still without shoes. No shoes ever.  No training aids ever.

Rhinestone could trot for miles…and Louise never tired; and both of them were quite speedy. But I think S. Onstar took the best from both parents.

John got to drive her too. But Elizabeth was having camera issues.  Hopefully, we’ll get some photos of John driving her soon.  And more photos of Travis too.

Onstar follows Travis around like a puppy.  The absolute best thing about her training with him, is that he has taught her to stop and stand still. She just floats along when she is trotting, and she is all speed when he asks her to be. However, when he asks her to stop, she does. And just stands in place. 

We are thinking that she may be our Roadster to Bike horse.  She doesn’t really want to flat foot walk.  You know how the Roadsters, and frankly some of the Pleasure Driving horses, won’t stand in the line-up.  Not this young lady.  Roadster to Bike horses cannot have a header in the ring. S. Onstar just stands in place for Travis, John or I. That’s off to a really good start.

In the pictures, you’ll see how nicely she stands in the cross-ties for clipping, and kid kisses too.

Driving Horses

We have been focusing a lot recently on driving our horses. Elizabeth, John and I all prefer to drive.

Amber and Kimberly, Kaya and Tre have been a big help this year. Tre is particularly good with the foals…He’s just their size.

Amber has been riding a lot and really working some of the horses. If you see more pictures of her, it is because Kimberly and Kaya have both been out of town; and Kaya has knee problems typical of teenage girls growing taller!

Tim P. has been coming to work the stallions (we see him less now that it is HOT and he has a new job); and most especially Noel J and Michael M have been doing quite a bit of long lining, leading, and driving training.

John and I have enjoyed the times we’ve gotten to drive this year…and it is really neat seeing the grandkids and Elizabeth occasionally at the reins.

More driving pictures and driving training blogs to follow. Stay tuned. Elizabeth gives me lots of pictures to go through!

I specifically want to mention Noel (Jones) and Helen (Roeder)’s driving pairs discussion group. www.drivingpairs.com

They have had the group since 2006. It specifically focuses on driving pairs. So, if you have an interest in pairs, or multiples, this is THE place to go.

With all the interest in the 2010 World Equestrian Games this year in Lexington, KY, www.AlltechFEIgames.com, pair driving is going to be a topic of discussion in the horse world, and in general.

Noel, Helen, and the MANY MANY drivers of pairs will get you up to speed regarding the world of driving multiples!

FYI, it appears that you need a Google email account to actually join the discussion group…but you can see what’s going on via the link.

So, go check out their Discussion group…there is a vast archive of information, and current discussions on-going. Be careful being a newbie though…

There is no such thing as a “stupid” question…but look and see if they have already answered it in the Archives.

And if you have Single, or beginning, driving questions…write to us, here on the blog, or to Noel…

His email is: Gedeckt@usit.net