I know, not everyone wants to share their awkward babies, but I noticed that there hasn't been a thread yet about our foals from last year. How tall is everyone? Any surprises with personality, colour, or development?
I have only one foal from last year, and she's been a surprise across the board. She was born big, and was tall as a foal through weaning, but I assumed with her breeding that she would slow down. She's 11.5 months and I sticked her at 14.3 in front a couple weeks ago. Looks like I might end up with something a tad over my desired height maximum..
I will share! I only had one foal last year, a filly by Benno's Dream, out of TLF Crown Jewel (Crown Heartbreaker).
I took this photo a couple weeks ago, she is butt high and not shed out yet. She stands 13H at the wither.
This is TLF Bejeweled http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u...sayearling.jpg
My two yearlings are an embarrassment to their bloodlines and breeder (me!). Hideous giraffe-y things with no width and noodle necks. I know this is temporary but until then they're secreted out the back paddock until normal horseyness is resumed.
I'd be pretty darn happy with the way mine looked if only she weren't still as hairy as a yeti in the middle of winter.
She is taking forEVER to shed out. It's driving me crazy.
I went to see her over the weekend, brought her inside, shortened her mane, spent a good half hour grooming, she stood quietly the entire time, no fidgeting, no calling for her buddies (even though they were screaming for her!!), just quiet, sweet & demure. She hasn't changed a bit, personality-wise. She's a quiet, stoic one, just like her mom.
I then took her out back into the fields & wooded trails for a handwalk, she was a gem. Spooked once when a big bird flew out of a bush right beside her, but as soon as she hit the end of the leadrope, she stopped & stood, eyes wide "moooom, wtf was THAT??". On the way back toward home, i asked for a trot & she happily floated alongside me, no hopping or playing, no cantering, just a nice, quiet forward trot.
I could not have been more proud of her. She is an incredible filly. I simply cannot get over her temperament - i raved about my 2008 baby's temperament when he was her age, but she truly makes him seem downright HOT in comparison!
She's a bit on the small side, though - I will stick her on her 1st birthday next week, but i think she's around 13.3hh at the moment. I expect she'll finish in the 16hh range.
I have two Balou yearling fillies, only one of which is ready for public viewing The one that only a mother could love at the moment has surprise belly spots! When she had her spring spa day last week I noticed them
Balou Hawaii (by Balou du Rouet out of TB mare)
My yearlings are looking very nice at the moment although a little bit ribby. My Pointmaker-Florencio-Lafitte filly was gorgeous as a foal, but turned into a wooy behemoth over the winter. No definition to her legs since her coat was so long. She doesn't have the smallest ears, but they were huge with the extra bit of hair.
My Banderas filly was beautiful all winter, she's just one of those.
The Pointmaker, Luciana is going to a breed show on June 1, we'll see what the judge Dinah Babcock thinks of her. I think she's lovely of course. When I learn to use my new camera, I'll post a photo of both fillies.
I normally don't share photos of yearlings that aren't show prepped, but I think this colt is pretty special (and yes, his mane is now GONE as of Friday ). I dragged him out of the pasture and took some cell phone photos. This is my yearling Section B Welsh colt, Clanfair Gold Rush, "Simba". I love, love, love this colt... even if he's going through a gangly stage. I took him to a show on Saturday (spur of the moment), and he came home with a blue ribbon Such a good boy too.
My girl is a tad over 15hh at a year, bloodlines Jazz-Rohdiamant-Wiesenbaum xx. We think she'll top out no more than 16.2ish....at least that's what I'm praying for. That's the perfect height for me. She actually looks great right now other than needing to fill out, you look at her from the side and she's very nice...from the front, needle thin!!! I'll try and get some good pics of her.