It is time to start the Foal Contest

We, as breeders, have been anticipating the 2012 foals for over a year now…Actually, we have crosses planned in our minds and on paper for decades…some will occur; some won’t.

Playday Rebecca (Stoneholm Taliesin x Stoneholm Alameda) (Very Dark Brown) and NEJ Golddust Emma (Golddust Miner M C x May’s Sweetie) (Black) are in foal to Sleipnir Carbon Copy  (B-L Rhinestone Kid x Coeur d’Alene, by Breezeway) (Mahogany Bay) for 2012 foals.

Emma was bred first, and ‘Becca second.  However, ‘Becca could deliver earlier than Emma.

John is projecting  two fillies: ‘Becca’s Seal Brown and Emma’s Black; with Emma being first and ‘Becca second.

I am also projecting two filles:  ‘Becca’s being Bay and Emma’s being Seal Brown; with the same order as John.

Photo: Sleipnir Carbon Copy

John has suggested Sleipnir Carbon’s Playday as a name for ‘Becca’s foal, suitable for a colt or a filly, any coat color.

Depending on their coat color, I like something similar to Sleipnir Black Gold for Emma’s foal…Elizabeth had a Tri-color collie that we used that name for, and we called him “Tex”. 

You can add your guesses.  Either add them as a comment below; or send them as an Email, and I’ll keep tabs.  You can guess anonymously if you would like …

No prize, except seeing the resulting foals. 

Sleipnir Carbon Copy

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It’s a Chestnut Colt:

Playday Rebecca just had her foal by Sleipnir Echo’s Finale.
He is up and cavorting around the stall, waiting for mom to be ready to play.
Possible names:
Doesn’t have to be Sleipnir Echo’s (something)……but it can be
Resonance
Curio
Superb
Repetition
John, Caitrin and Michael have suggested Tornado, Cyclone, Whirlwind, Vortex etc… because his white star and shortened strip are swirly…and he is bouncing/prancing around his stall.

Welcome to Our Family Farm & Herd of wonderful Morgan Horses

Hello,

Welcome to the Smokie Mountains, and our family farm, where we raise unusual and heirloom plants, sell antiques and unique decor items, and raise and protect the bloodlines of, the Morgan Horse.

People who do not know about the Morgan Horse usually think of them as a draft horse type animal…actually, they are more like a calmer Arabian in style and size.  They, ride, drive, pull, can jump, and look stylish doing it all.

Over the course of the blog, we’ll talk alot about the Morgan Horse’s heritage and conformation…and uses.

Morgan Horses love their humans…and by and large like to be out doing stuff. They are very easy keepers.

These two characteristics led them to be a dominant US cavalry mount in settling the West. They will go above and beyond for their humans, on very little forage and grain.

We are having a Spring Open House and Plant Sale this coming Saturday, April 10, 2010, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

We will probably not have any of the 2010 foals that are due, but maybe Emma will have hers by then…However, we have the 2009 yearlings. Sleipnir Hiwassee is still here, even though she has a new owner…all the way to UC Cinnamon who is 31 y/o this year. 

We have wonderful Morgan Horses For Sale at all times, for us and other Morgan Horse owners.  Come visit. If you need to come outside of farm hours, let us know, and we will attempt to be available.

Come learn about these wonderful horses. They are prominent in the foundation stock of many other breeds, including the Tennesse Walker, Saddlebreds, and pacer/racing horses.

The Denman, McGee, and Bayard Families

 &

the Jones, of Frog Farm, Englewood.

Name suggestions for the 2010 Foals:

Name suggestions for the 2010 Foals:
It’s that time of the year again. Spring is here at Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm. Once again the Guess the sex and color, and sometimes the birth order, of the Foals Game is on…
We are also more than happy to have foal name suggestions…
Some for fillies (girls);
some for colts (boys);
and/or some that work for either sex.
We always use our prefix…Sleipnir…I’ll write a couple more blogs about prefixes in general and “Sleipnir” in particular…stay tuned…
And the maximum number of letters/spaces that the Morgan Horse Association allows is: 25   We have, on occassion, run the words together on the form to fit in a special name…for example:  SleipnirSophisticatedLady.

So please get your thinking caps on…and sends us suggestions…either to the farm blog…
Or, if you are shy,  to our email. Email to: DenmanFam@aol.com

Stallion and mare names and crosses are:
Sleipnir Sequoyah x NEJ Golddust Emma
Sleipnir Echo’s Finale x Playday Rebecca
Sleipnir Echo’s Finale x NEJ Golddust Alice
Thanks for your input…
and don’t forget to play the Game…see earlier posts

2010 Foal Watch: Join the Guessing Game

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.

Georgia

2010 Morgan Horse Foals due

Hello,
We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of this year’s foal crop. We are expecting three foals this year.

The proud parents to be are:
Sleipnir Echo’s Finale x Playday Rebecca.
Sleipnir Echo’s Finale x NEJ Golddust Alice.
and
Sleipnir Sequoyah x NEJ Golddust Emma.

Sequoyah and Alice have a 2009 black colt, Sleipnir Smoky Mountain, nicknamed Smoky.  He is very leggy, and cute, and should be tall.  He could be a showhorse, or a terrific trail or driving prospect.
Echo and Becca have an absolutely gorgeous dark chestnut filly from 2009, Sleipnir Echo’s Celebrity, nicknamed Bree.   She is a class A National Caliber show horse prospect.  Named after our deceased special showhorse and family 3 generation riding partner, gelding, Sleipnir Selebrity.  They were both born on April 1 of their respective years.
So, we are looking forward to what they produce this year.

Sequoyah and Emma had a lovely 2009 black filly, Sleipnir Hiwassee.  Her barn name is Hiwassee, or Meadow, which is what ‘Hiwassee’ means in Cherokee.  Last year, for Sequoyah’s babies, we chose names related to our area of Eastern Tennessee.  Hiwassee has been SOLD to Mike Watson, who has admired our Morgan Horses for a long time, and has looked at most of the morgan horse farms in our Tri-State area.

Further Updates will follow as we get closer to the mares foaling times.