2010 Foal Watch:
It is the end of March, and the 2010 Foal Watch and guessing game have started in earnest.
While we dream all year long about the breedings (aka crosses) and the hoped for foals, in Spring we are constantly reminded that the foals will be arriving soon!!!
Each year, we play a guessing game…sometimes it includes who will deliver first. But always, it is filly or colt, and what color coat.
Some definitions are needed here:
A foal is a baby horse.
A colt is a male baby horse.
A filly is a female baby horse.
A mare is a female adult horse.
A broodmare is an expectant, or delivered, mother horse.
A stallion is an adult male horse, capable of breeding.
When he is used for breeding, he is also called a stud.
A gelding is an older male horse, that is surgically unable to breed.
Some folks call any foal, of either sex, a colt. This is not accurate, and leads to questions like: ‘Is it a colt colt? Or a filly colt?’ Answer…’the foal is a colt’. Or: ‘The foal is a filly’…
So…now for the guessing game:
We have three mares bred, two to Sleipnir Echo’s Finale, a chesnut; and one to Sleipnir Sequoyah, a black. The mares are: a chestnut, NEJ Golddust Alice (who is for sale by her owners, with or without the foal, see our Sales List), and two Black Chestnuts: Playday Rebecca, and NEJ Golddust Emma (her 2009 black yearling filly, Sleipnir Hiwassee, was recently SOLD). Emma is blacker than Becca.
I will put up another blog about coat colors. And you can also go to www.morganhorse.com to look at morgan coat colors.
Now to the guessing…
I’ll guess that Sleipnir Sequoyah x NEJ Golddust Emma’s foal will be a black filly.
I’ll guess that Sleipnir Echo’s Finale x Playday Rebecca’s foal will be a chestnut filly.
I’ll guess that Sleipnir Echo’s Finale x NEJ Golddust Alice’s foal will be a chestnut filly.
I am pretty sure that that’s the order that they were bred…it is the order that they delivered last year. So, if you want to guess on the birth order, that’s fine too…One hint: Alice was last to be bred.
Please add your guess to the blog…or send us an email if you are shy…Email to: DenmanFam@aol.com
We’ll let you know the results as the foals are born.