Meet the Sleipnir Stallions: Part Four: Sleipnir Zenith

Sleipnir Zenith
2004 Bay Stallion
B-L Rhinestone Kid x Hip Heath Zanna, by Courage of Equinox

S. Zenith is a Bay by Rhinestone out of Hip Heath Zanna, a Courage of Equinox daughter, now deceased. We have not used Zenith AT Stud as yet due to John’s injury, etc.  We had planned to use him this year.  He has all his basic handling lessons and is behaved for grooming, veterinarian and farrier. He has has significant amounts of ground-driving up to the hooking stage and has been ridden, including by several amateurs. 

S. Zenith is a full brother to our handsome black gelding, Sleipnir Zeus, who was SOLD; and to one of our lovely bay mares, Sleipnir Sophisticated Lady, who we plan to utilize in our broodmare band in the future.  Zenith is a prime example of our long-range breeding program: Waseeka’s Nocturne via Waseeka’s Showtime crossed with Ulendon, via Orcland Leader, through Elm Hill High Hat, Courage of Equinox and others, with several significant crosses to Old Government, Brunk, and MidWest and Western Working bloodlines.

Zenith is a 14.2 HH Bright Bay Stallion.  He is available For Sale as a Stallion, or can be gelded.  He is also available At Stud, for $1,000.00 Live foal guaranteed.  We have four stallions, and we only breed a limited number of foals.  The bloodlines are very historic as up close as possible, with a more modern horse, that still looks like a Morgan.  His bloodlines could be utilized as a Herd Stallion or as an important outcross for all the popular bloodlines.  Gelded, he would be a terrific amateur horse.

Offered for sale at: $7,700.00

 

Contact Information:

The Denman Family

Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm, 2214 Columbus Road, Delano, TN, 37325

Georgia, Cellular and Texts: 423 284 0899

Email: DenmanFam@aol.com or GLDenman@aol.com

Facebook: Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm

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Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm Horses For Sale Geldings, Stallions, and Mares

  

Geldings:

Sleipnir Celestial Array, a 14.3 HH, 2002 Bay gelding, Harness and Saddle+ $7,750.00
Sleipnir Fieldstone, a 14.3 HH, 2006 Bay gelding, Harness and Saddle $7,250.00
Sleipnir Double Feature, 2010 Red/Brown Chestnut gelding, basics $5,000.00
Sleipnir Resonance, 2010 Red Chestnut gelding, basics $2,775.00

Stallions (can be gelded)

Sleipnir Carbon Copy, 2000 Brilliant Mahogany Bay, Ground-drives & Saddle $9,900.00
Sleipnir Sequoyah, 2003 Black, Current Harness Trained and Saddle $9,900.00
Sleipnir Zenith, 2004 Bright Bay, Ground-drives and Saddle $7,700.00

Mares:

Sleipnir Onstar, 2003 Black, Grand National Top Ten Roadster-to-Bike and Saddle $9,900.00
Sleipnir Hiwassee, 2009 Black Mare, Basics Sweet and Athletic 14.3 HH $4,500.00
Sleipnir Echo’s Celebrity, 2009 Dark Brown Chestnut, Basics, 14.3 HH $7,500.00
Sleipnir Star Attraction, 2012 Bay charmer, will be sweet and athletic $2,000.00
Sleipnir Diva, 2012 Dark Chestnut with chrome, national caliber $2,000.00

Mares, as agents for other owners:

May’s Sweetie, 1984 Black mare, retired. As companion to either daughter.
NEJ Golddust Alice, 1993 Chestnut mare. Grandchildren used in ring lessons
NEJ Golddust Emma, 1996 Black broodmare. Sweet and easy-going. 15HH

Sleipnir Fieldstone, 2006 Bay Gelding and Elizabeth L.D. McGee

Here is a photograph of Elizabeth driving S. Fieldstone last Monday.  Unfortunately, it is pouring rain today. So, no driving today…but we do need the rain.

This is the first time that Elizabeth has driven in a long while. She used to show Junior Exhibitor Pleasure Driving in New England…I won’t say how long ago.

As you can see, she is driving Fieldstone out in the open. No ring. In the pictures with John driving, same thing. We are doing the same with S. Celestial Array. And hopefully we will get a few others back in harness this Autumn.

S. Sequoyah will be coming home from his harness training soon. Then it will be another’s turn.

Nice autumn weather will return after the rain.

We are all looking forward to more fun on the farm.

2006 Bay Gelding - Harness and Saddle

Beth driving Sleipnir Fieldstone

Tornado Recovery/Repairs on the farm

Things are progressing to get the paddock and pasture fences repaired on the farm.

We still have to find someone to cut down and clear out the trees that have snapped off along the outer boundary fence and treeline.  One of our neighbors had used his very large tractor to pull some of it down on his side; but our tractor is not that large.

Some of the trees were quite mature, and the boundary line view has changed significantly already, even without the trees coming totally down.

Treeline damage – from tornado
part of the boundary treeline and
interior fenceline

Sleipnir Fieldstone

Sleipnir Fieldstone
John Denman, whip

Sleipnir Fieldstone, is a 2006 Bay gelding. 

(B-L Rhinestone Kid x NEJ Golddust Emma)

Fieldstone is Rhinestone’s last gelding.

He is closely related to Sleipnir Explorer, who had pinned GN Top Ten last year, and was sold to a lovely young lady who fell in love with him at OKC. She has qualified with him and is showing him at GN again this year. Same sire, and Fieldstone’s dam is a daughter of Explorer’s dam.

Fieldstone is also closely related to Sleipnir Onstar, a 2003 Black Roadster-to-Bike who was Top Ten at the Grand Nationals last year.

Fieldstone is professionally trained to harness.  He has a calm temperament, with a flat-footed walk.  We used him for a grooming demonstration at an Open Barn event as a 2 y/o, with three 7-8 y/o boys doing the demonstration.  He also stood nicely for a crowd around him.  We took Fieldstone to two Extension Service Day-on-the-Farm Events for first graders and their families.  He ate up the attention and the carrots.

He has been trained to saddle by an amateur teenager, with professional guidance, and has been ridden around our farm.

While he was in harness training, the trainer’s 4 y/o daughter drove him; and stood with him in the crossties getting kisses.

4 y/o young lady driving Sleipnir Fieldstone

In the two driving pictures with John, it was the first that Fieldstone had been driven in several months, and it was the first that John had driven since before his injury last October.  Fieldstone stood for the electric wheelchair coming over to him, and for John getting in and out of the cart. 

Our trainer trusted Fieldstone with his daughter. And we trusted him to stand well for John.

Fieldstone has been shown in harness at a qualifying show for the Grand Nationals, and drove strangers around the showgrounds. We are going to continue to work him in harness for John and I to drive.

If you think of our herd in thirds…a third as retirees who are here for the duration; a third as replacement bloodlines to continue our breeding program; and a third that are for sale, because someone needs to be…Fieldstone, Sleipnir Celestial Array, Sleipnir Double Feature, and Sleipnir Resonance are our geldings for sale.  We also have mares and stallions available for sale.

Sleipnir Fieldstone personifies our motto of over thirty years duration:

Family Show Horses : Showy Family Horses.

Sleipnir Fieldstone
John Denman, whip

Elizabeth will post a direct link to Sleipnir Fieldstone’s Public Gallery with further photos.

You can reach us at: 423 284 0899 (Georgia – Cellular & texts) or 423 284 0898 (John) or Email: DenmanFam@aol.com or GLDenman@aol.com

Fieldstone’s harness trainer: Travis Olinger at: 423 341 7930 or Email:  atolinger@charter.net

Updating our website

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Strong and Fleet

Hi
Between John’s illness and Noel’s busy schedule, some pictures and some of the links on the site are out of date or missing.
While we work on fixing them…
Please keep checking my blog…
This part of the site will be up to date.
Thank you

John, Georgia, and Family

Stay tuned for more updates

Bacterial Infectious Disease … Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis, AKA Pigeon Fever in Horses

FYI
This was featured by a Texas co-host of a Driving Pairs and Multiples website ( with Noel Jones: gedeckt@usit.net )
( Helen Garza Roeder: sunshinefarm@earthlink.net )
http://groups.google.com/group/drivingpairs/topics

Any of our followers with experience about this disease in Horses, please weigh in…
And a “for your information” for our friends in the equine community.
Thanks to Helen Roeder for bringing it to peoples’ attention; and to Kanoe Durdan for information re the disease and treatments in the northwest.

For those people who drive, but not multiples, it is still a worthwhile website and Daily Digest of postings…
Sometimes it is fairly quiet; other times it bursts with information and comments.

www.DrivingPairs.com

From Helen Garza Roeder: Driving Pairs Digest/Website:

Dear driving friends,

This is not driving related except that one of my driving mares got this crud!

Pigeon Fever was bad around my area last fall and winter. This morning a friend told me RFTV had a program on the outbreaks in Arkansas and Louisiana, so it’s moving east and perhaps north too because there was news about this disease in Oklahoma, which is only about a ten minute drive from me here in North Texas.

If you haven’t heard about this insidious bacterial disease, you might want to learn about it and how to tell if your animals have it. Like the article says, when I first saw my mare come in the barn with two huge “lumps” on her chest, I was certain she’d been kicked. As it turned out, she had Pigeon Fever.

I opted NOT to surgically lance her abscesses and treat her with “bute” and smear ichtamol on her after cleaning the infected area, as my vet instructed. Worked fine but took forever to run its course. Have a friend who opted to lance and put her infected animal on antibiotics. Not sure if anyone knows for sure which is the best method of treatment.

There is a link in the article to more detailed information. Also information about kits for events.

Helen Roeder

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Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC)

“Pigeon Fever” in Horses Update

Contrary to what the name might imply, pigeons have nothing to do with transmission of the equine disease known as “pigeon fever”, which is also called Dryland Distemper. “Pigeon Fever” causes abscesses and swelling in the horse’s pectoral region (breast muscles) causing a “pigeon-like” appearance, and is caused by the bacteria Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis. Pigeon fever is most common in dry areas of the Western United States, but cases diagnosed in other parts of the country may be on the increase.

Cases of pigeon fever tend to be seen more in summer and fall but can happen anytime of the year. While the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) regulates a number of equine and livestock diseases, the TAHC has no specific authority to regulate pigeon fever and therefore does not require vets to report cases. However, the TAHC has noted an upswing in calls and questions about this disease. The Texas Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory obtained over 350 positive cultures for C. pseudotuberculosis in 2011 compared with less than 100 cases each year from 2005-2010. The Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at Texas A&M diagnosed more than 4 times as many cases in 2011 compared with 2010. A number of factors could be at play, including the recent severe drought, as well as fly activity.

Horses affected by pigeon fever can show a variety of signs including fever, weight loss, swelling of the breast muscles or ventral abdomen (belly), and other areas of the body. Abscesses caused by the disease are usually external, and so the swelling is visible. Less commonly, the abscesses form inside the horse’s body where they are more difficult to detect. Treatment of horses with internal abscesses can be difficult, with major complications possible. Prompt veterinary care greatly increases treatment success and reduces complications in any case of pigeon fever.

It is important to realize the bacteria can live for extended periods of time in dry soil. Research shows that flies carry the disease and are crucial to transmission, so good fly control is a must. Basic sanitation is also critical – affected horses should be isolated, and abscess drainage (pus) should be disposed of properly. The draining material contains large amounts of the bacteria and contaminates the area around the horse, potentially spreading the disease. It is also important to promptly treat any wounds that could become contaminated by flies or dirt.

Because of this infectious disease and many others that can affect your horse, the TAHC encourages you to call your veterinarian at the first sign of any illness or injury.

Additionally, if you organize an equine event, pigeon fever is one of many infectious diseases for which planning is encouraged. The California Department of Agriculture recently released a helpful Biosecurity Toolkit for Equine Events. They include tips to prevent the spread of abscess diseases like pigeon fever and strangles, as well as a wide variety of other infectious diseases. The toolkit is available online athttp://www.cdfa.ca.gov/ahfss/animal_health/pdfs/Biosecurity_Toolkit_Part_2.pdf
The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) also has information about pigeon fever available at http://www.aaep.org/health_articles_view.php?id=358

The TAHC thanks Dr. Piper Norton of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences for her assistance with this update.

Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC)
2105 Kramer Lane
Austin, Texas 78758
800-550-8242

Kanoe Durdan Godby kanoedurdan@gmail.com  weighed in on the Digest with a comment re the Pacific Northwest:

Horses here in Central Oregon get it every summer/fall. One thing our vets
emphasize is fly control to keep it at bay. Lancing is the pretty common
treatment here. But you MUST stand them on a tarp or in a wash stall that
you can bleach/sanitize after daily treatments. It is a gross, nasty,
disgusting condition! Thank goodness none of our horses have ever gotten it.

Kanoe

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