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

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He’s a chestnut colt

Alice has her foal.  He is a veryyyy long legged chestnut colt.  He is healthy, nursing, and friendly.

Probably his name is Sleipnir Resonance. 

We have also had the suggestion of Reverberance,

This is it for foals this year.  So far, we have not bred any mares for next year.  I doubt if we will now…slim possibility.

I don’t like to have foals born too early in the spring…or too far in to the summer.  The ice can be bad, or the mud, in early spring; and the heat can be dehydrating in the summer.  We do not usually show foals or yearlings, so their mid-spring birthdates are ok.

Alice and her little fellow will have their own paddock for awhile.  Eventually, they’ll be out with Emma and S. Ocoee and Becca and S. Double Feature.

Pictures to follow.  We’ll let you know when we have some up to view!!

Horses and the need for clean fresh water

Everyone says horses need clean, fresh water.          But just what does that mean? How much? How often? How clean?

I recently found a very interesting and informative article on the Internet. Yes, sometimes that does happen. It is written by an academic veterinarian…a university professor. I do not know him. And I have no financial interest in the University of Delaware. Disclaimer given. I think the article is very good. The link is:

http://ag.udel.edu/anfs/faculty/documents/HorseHealthDependsonWater.pdf  

Regarding washing a water tank, or bucket. People generally recommend Bleach or Vinegar to use as the cleaning solution. While I agree about vinegar or bleach, I prefer vinegar.
Reasons:
It can be used by young children helpers.
It doesn’t ruin clothes.
And it is harder to use too much.

Vinegar and bleach water will kill the vegetation in the area, especially on a warm sunny day. In fact, we use mixtures of either and water for natural weed control at our organic greenhouse. ( www.TheGreenhouseAtMorganLane.com )
We also use salt as a scrubbing medium to remove algae/slime. It too won’t hurt children or animals.
We use new clean toilet bowl brushes from the discount store. They last quite awhile. Especially if put in the barn or shed after use, and not exposed to the elements.

As an aside: At times we have used vinegar in our water tanks to help ward off flies and other bugs. The vinegar makes the horses’ blood more acidic, and less tasty to the biting insects. Use it sparingly at first, and work the horse up gradually to a higher level. I forget how much we used. But I do recall that B-L Rhinestone Kid, our senior stallion, would let us know if we had gotten heavy handed, with too much vinegar in the tank for his taste. It defeats the purpose if the horse won’t drink the water.

A quick story about “how much water?”:
A few years ago, we were able to pick up a brand new water tank on sale at our local farm supply store. The manager told us that it was a returned item. The horse owner insisted that the tank leaked, because he had to keep filling it. He said his horses had never drunk that much water. Probably because they never had enough available before!     Of course we bought it. We still have it. It doesn’t leak, and never has. 

             A couple years ago we tried a new method for keeping the algae down in the tanks. We bought a dozen goldfish. For a couple tanks. They lived. The horses didn’t seem to mind them. We bought a half dozen for every tank on the farm. A dozen for the larger tanks. Did it help? It seemed to. But tanks still needed to be emptied and thoroughly cleaned. So, it added another step to take a bucket and net and “fish” them out of the tanks. One person who remains nameless, dumped a tank of fish in the grass. They were rescued.
The horses may have enjoyed their pets. And the fish lived quite awhile. Herons and such did not go fishing in the tanks. But I’m not sure that they were worth the extra effort. It was a conversation point. And the grandkids enjoyed them.
We did discuss catfish, like algae eaters in an aquarium. But I remember the albino catfish that were released/escaped in to the outdoors, and were disturbing native species and habitat. So, we stuck with goldfish. They are inexpensive and safe for the environment.

If you have small children, or like aquariums (we do) it was mostly fun!!!    But you still have to clean the tanks.

Buckeye Morgan Horse Sale Friday and Saturday, June 4 & 5, Ashland, Ohio

The Buckeye Morgan Horse Sale is Friday and Saturday, June 4 & 5, Ashland, Ohio

Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm wants all lovers of nice Morgan Horses to know that three horses sired by two of our stallions are being offered in the Buckeye Morgan Horse Sale, running Friday and Saturday, June 4 and 5 in Ashland, Ohio.

Frank Farner, from Athens, Tennessee has three yearling Morgan Horses in the Sale.

Two, a gelding and a filly, are by Sleipnir Echo’s Finale (Exquisite Sir Echo x Sleipnir Constellation, by B-L Rhinestone Kid x UC Spicy Lass).

One, a gelding, is by Sleipnir Sequoyah (B-L Rhinestone Kid x Coeur d’Alene by Breezeway, out of a Funquest/Morayr Supreme mare).

Sleipnir Echo’s Finale’s Get are:
A Chestnut Colt, who has been Gelded, Farner’s Traveler, Sale Number 199. Traveler sells on Saturday, June 5th. Traveler is described by his owner, Frank, and handler, Dawn Krenner, as being “refined and beautiful”.  They say that “he has a great temperament, and will excel in the show ring.”  That should definitely be true as Echo, himself, is all of those things.  Echo has an excellent temperament, quiet and calm, and was bred from talented show horse lineages on both sides of the pedigree.
Farner’s Traveler was recently shown at the Liberty Classic Horse Show in Cleveland, TN.

An excellent photo of Traveler is on Elizabeth L. D. McGee, the Liberty Classic Horse Show photographers’ website: www.ImagesnMemories.com  >> Horse Shows >> Liberty Classic 2010 >> Friday afternoon >> page 4 of 9, photo number 36 of 73, (Dawn Krenner, Handler). I suggested her for the job!
A direct link is:
http://www.imagesnmemories.com/Horse-Shows/Liberty-Classic-2010/Liberty-Classic-2010-Fri/12282256_nd9Wa#878585847_AkUbo-A-LB

And

A Chestnut Filly, Farner’s Lucy Long, Sale Number 55. Lucy Sells on Friday, June 4th. Frank and Dawn describe Lucy as “pretty and gentle with a great personality.”

Sleipnir Sequoyah’s Get is:
A Chestnut Colt, who has been Gelded, Farner’s Cherokee, Sale Number 133. Cherokee sells on Saturday, June 5th. Cherokee is described, by Frank and Dawn, as “Hot and Flashy with size and a great length of neck”.

His sire, S. Sequoyah, is a customer favorite here at the farm. We have him listed for Sale, as we do not need four stallions and his talent and pedigree are not being utilized to their full potential. He is smooth moving, and a gentleman to his mares at breeding time. He is smart and pleasant to work with. Cherokee’s dam is a very nice mare.

Frank and Dawn say that: ‘All three have had extensive groundwork. They all stand to be tied, bathed, fly sprayed, and clipped. They all trailer well.’
We have had all three dams on our property for several days when they were in to be bred. The dams are pleasant mares that are nice to be around. Mr. Farner drives Traveler’s and Lucy’s dams as a pair, in Events and at shows.

These three youngsters should grow up to be pleasant horses to work with, and exciting to watch in the show ring. Morgans who will mature to be a credit to their breed.

Photos of the sires can be seen on  www.ImagesnMemories.com  >> Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm >> Public Galleries >> Stallions At Stud and For Sale.
You can also get to their photo galleries from the photo tab on our Home page:  www.SleipnirMorganHorseFarm.com
Each of our four stallions has a gallery. Three of them are For Sale and At Stud. Sleipnir Echo’s Finale is only offered “At Stud”.

Email: DenmanFam@aol.com for the Denman Family, Sleipnir Morgans.

Woo Hoo – Sleipnir Explorer is Reserve Champion In Hand Morgan Horse

At the recent Liberty Classic Horse Show, at the Tri-County Fairgrounds in Cleveland, TN in really nice friendly competition between some  super Morgan Horses,

Sleipnir Explorer was judged Reserve Champion in the In Hand Morgan Championship of stallions, mares and geldings, with Michael McGee handling in his first class at a horse show.

Victor Stephanini’s mare Windsong was judged Champion, with Dawn Krenner and Alexis Krenner handling.

S. Explorer was also Open Walk -Trot Pleasure Champion with Amber McGee up.  Amber has trained S. Explorer from his first mounting. They are starting to expand their riding on trails around our farm also.

I was at work here on the farm, but I could see most of the classes from Elizabeth’s photos.  (www.ImagesnMemories.com  click Horse Shows, click Liberty Classic, 2010) It is almost like being there.

We are very proud of all the exhibitors, especially the Morgans, especially the Youth group.  It is hard work getting a horse ready to show. Congratulations to all the exhibitors.

2010 UT Extension Fun on the Farm Day for First Graders in Polk County.

Friday, May 14th was this year’s date for the first grade classes to attend Fun on the Farm. Last year the UT Extension service hosted about 200 first graders, plus many other members of their families.

Reggie’s Black Rose, a black morgan mare, traveled from the farm down to Benton, TN for the big day. Rose, who had been a trail horse in the high desert of Arizona, was happy to meet the first graders and their families, and receive carrots. You can see her picture  in the Mares photo gallery, in the public section of the farm photos.

This year, we brought a different morgan horse, one of our geldings, born here in Polk County. Sleipnir Celestial Array and Sleipnir Explorer have been off the farm for horse shows. So, Sleipnir Fieldstone, a 4 year old gelding, was the choice of the year for attending the Big Event.  He was a fan favorite as a two year old, at our Autumn Open Barn event.

According to the American Morgan Horse Association, http://www.morganhorse.com, a registered Morgan is the result of breeding two registered Morgan horses. All Morgans today trace to the stallion Justin Morgan, foaled in 1789, who was originally known by the name “Figure.”

Figure, belonged to a travelling music instructor, Justin Morgan. Figure could work all day hauling timber and do it better than the bigger draft horses and then win most of the races home from work. He was gentle enough for the farmer’s wife to hook up to the wagon to go to market, and he was fancy driving the family to church on Sunday. His descendents include ancestors of the Tennessee Walking Horse, the Saddlebred and the Standardbred. Morgan Horses were the primary horse of the cavalry for settling the West, because they willingly go all day for their humans and are very easy keepers.

Look at the hone page for a story about Fieldstone’s trip to Fun on the Farm Day, and a link to further photos of this Event.