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    Horses: cutting, reining, endurance, drill, breeding. Working Border Collies. Horses. The pursuit of knowledge. Horses. Water. Books. Horses. Carnival rides. Baked goods. Photography. And horses.

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  1. Annie's Foal Watch -Colt!

    Some new pics of Torch at two weeks. Picture quality is bad -were having some nasty weather and it's dark and miserable out. But you can see how handsome he is getting!
  2. A Special Message From Rick Santorum

    I think the "Americans for a more American America" thing is definitely a spoof, lol. Somebody obviously put this thing together as a joke. The quote could be real. Santorum is clearly a nutball misogynist, and I've seen verified quotes from him that were nearly as crazy. But not quite this crazy, and the fact that nobody has been able to find verification of it makes me strongly suspect the quote is a fabrication. It does bring amusing questions to mind, though. For example, if gay **** causes homosexuality, does straight **** cause heterosexuality? That could prove problematic for Santorum, once all **** has been eliminated. I know he was very concerned with the derth of young workers to prop up S.S. -think how much the situation will worsen, once no one in the US is reproducing!
  3. Horse Racing In The News

    If you can find them, or recall, did they mention the reasons the horses that didn't race until later didn't race until later? If all they did was look at racing records and records of breakdown on the track, without equalizing the horses in other ways, that might explain the results you describe -a horse that didn't race until three because it was injured at two is probably more likely to break down, irrespective of age. Since at least a few races at two is pretty much the norm, I am guessing that most (of course not all) youngsters that don't race until three probably had a reason of some kind. Some likely just weren't doing well enough in training to justify the expense and proved to be late bloomers. But I would imagine that a very noticeable percentage of horses that don't race at three but go on to race later do so because of training injuries.
  4. Horse Racing In The News

    I have to say that I would consider steroid use as you described, fastfilly, to be a very age-related phenomenon. If youngsters destined for the track weren't being started as yearlings for first starts early in their two year old year, there likely would be much less pressure for early growth -and therefore, less steroid use. Of course, I am sure that you are correct that if all steroid use stopped immediately, injuries would go down significantly without any other alterations being made. But I am similarly convinced that if racing age were raised, a similar phenomenon would occur. You mention that racing QH's don't see the level of injuries that racing TB's do -unless something has changed, the last I was aware, you couldn't race a QH prior to July 1st of its two year old year -vs. January 1st for TB's. While I think both would be better off it they couldn't race until three, that extra six months involves a very significant difference in development. And yes, I am familiar with the studies showing that horses started in a particular manner prior to or at age two build more bone density than those started later. Those studies do not, in my mind, speak to horses started between 12 and 18 months, something I understand to be common in racing TB's, nor am I convinced that all or even most trainers follow the recommendations put forth by those studies, which involve short, straight line workouts on a strict every other day basis.
  5. Surprise! Your Mare Is Pregnant!

    The studies that have have personally seen dealt with the nutritional value of mares milk relative to the needs of the foal. These are shown in contrast to other feeding regimes. I haven't seen any that actually addressed the situation on a straight milk quality basis, without considering the needs of the foal. These studies indicate that if your sole goal is to maximize growth and development, you are better off to wean (to a specially designed creep feed), prior to three months. However, mare's milk is certainly preferable to weaning on to straight grass hay. I myself, if it is not inconvenient, like to wait until around six months -I can supplement with a little grass balancer, and baby has mare's milk and grass, and I am not concerned with pushing for optimum growth rate. It's both easier to deal with, and I feel mom provides the best education for the baby. However, I have and will wean at four months if makes things more convenient. It is simply more important that baby is eating grain prior to weaning to avoid nutritional setbacks. Maintaining a smooth growth curve is actually very important to avoiding joint issues. Weaning at three months is trickier still -with most babies, it takes some concerted effort to have them eating grain consistently at that age. The one colt I weaned that early was kind of an emergency situation -mare was laminitic and needed to be moved to a drylot, poor feed and work. Unfortunately, I hadn't anticipated weaning anywhere near that early and he wouldn't take a bite of grain for over a month following weaning. It set him back considerably, he then became ill with pneumonia, and it was the following spring before he looked good again.
  6. Surprise! Your Mare Is Pregnant!

    Well, that does seem completely nuts, lol. But that does at least provide an excuse for the previous owner's initial "I don't think so". My first thought had been, I don't think so? How can you not know? I mean, you come home and your stud colt is in with the mares, you know. So the fact that the mare was least last spring would explain that. If I leased a mare out and she was bred without my knowledge, I wouldn't think she was pregnant either, because what kind of nut does that? But I wouldn't know for sure, cause she was outside my custody. One thing is sure, it is extremely nice of the stallion owner to be willing to put the mare on the breeder's cert. and have the foal registered, and all over that is a pretty awesome result in this situation -usually, if you buy a mare and she turns out to be bred, you end up with a grade foal. Hopefully the stallion is a nice one. And yeah, it is weird all over, and maybe somebody is lying. I'm having trouble sussing out a possible motive for that (maybe the mare owner originally wanted to keep the mare and bred her, but then decided she had to sell and figured it would be easier to sell her as a riding horse than a broodmare?) Seems far out, especially since she would have to enlist the stallion owner in the lie, but possible, maybe. I'm not sure I see any benefit in imagining that to be the case, though.
  7. Hmmm? They Cure Cancer But No One Notices?

    I think one thing most folks are completely ignoring in the argument that is developing here is that all cancer research doesn't happen at the behest of major corporations. In fact, a large part happens at Universities, and the thing about research at Universities is that even if they are partially funded by grants from big business, the research is the research -it doesn't go back in the bag just because the answer wasn't what the funders were looking for. So even if we were to accept the premise that EVERY pharmaceutical company engaged in research was involved in a conspiracy to hold back a cure for cancer on the theory that it would prevent profits, (nonsense to imagine anyway -if that were the case, companies with only small market shares would be working like crazy for the cure, knowing that if they succeeded, they would have all the profits), but even if, researchers at universities and teaching hospitals and publicly funded research centers would still be working on it. And no, before anyone suggests it, most university researchers are not in anyone's pocket (at least to the extent that they would hold back something like this) and even if they were, the $1.4 million for the Nobel Prize would probably be a descent salve to any lost graft.
  8. Good Or Bad Idea?

    Dondie is right that many places (not all) have specific requirements as to fencing height and material for stallions. So that is certainly where I would start. If that is the case where you are, point this out to your dad. Now, if there aren't any fencing requirements, than the issue becomes a bit tricky from a legal standpoint (and again, there may or may not be specific laws on the books for this issue where you live). If there are not though, than your dad is probably right -if the mare breaks into your property, the fault is her owners. However -and this a BIG however -if a pony mare can get in from the neighbors, presumably with no other motivation than food or maybe company, than a determined jack donkey can definitely get through the opposite direction to a mare in heat -and then the culpability would be with your dad. Either way though, why even allow that hassle to be a possibility? Be a good neighbor, get the donkey gelded -jack donkeys are big time jerks, it will just save a great deal of trouble in the long run.
  9. Softest Western Bit

    What do you mean by western bit? I ride soft mouthed babies with an copper mouthed eggbutt snaffle -that is the softest bit I know of (well, I guess if you got it with a french link, that would make it even softer, lol). However, the context of your post suggests to me that maybe by western bit you mean shanked bit? If you are looking for a mild shanked bit for trail riding, look for something with short (5-6") slightly curved shanks, no port, with good tongue relief. I like a sweet iron with copper inlays, maybe a copper center link. My cutter really enjoys a billy allen. Both my current gelding and the one I sold last year absolutely loved a bit that I had that was kind of similar in concept to a tom thumb (gasp!), but it had a really nicely curved mouth piece, broken once, sweet iron with copper, and loose shanks -that is, they allowed free rotation - that were 5" and slightly curved. That was an awesome trail bit, sadly I somehow lost it last year and haven't seen another like it. It wasn't great for collection -a horse that tended to be well collected in general would collect up in it, but it really was of no more use than a snaffle in that regard. But it had little extra stop, for just in case on the trail, and it worked well for riding one handed, so was legal at shows. My gelding that tended to be a bit heavier on the forehand I would usually ride for a few days every month of so in the arena with a correction bit (short curved shanks, medium rounded port), which reminded him to stay off the forehand.
  10. Surprise! Your Mare Is Pregnant!

    Definitely ride the mare after foaling -unless she has distocia, a week or two is plenty of time for the soreness to fade. She can longe the mare several times first, with baby in a pen by the arena, so the mare is used to it and wont act silly when she's riding her. I probably wouldn't tie a very young foal with momma distant -baby will certainly object at first, and it is so easy for a young foal to strain it's neck. Once the foal is both accustomed to mom being a little ways away riding in the arena and well halter broke so that it knows how to give to pressure, then you can start tying while riding. Think 6-8 weeks probably on that, if the foal is worked with regularly. Build fitness a bit slower than with a mare that hasn't just foaled, but since she has been in regular work up til know, she probably will still be in pretty good condition after birth -by six weeks, it would be easy to have the mare in show shape. At that point, work on getting baby comfortable being out of sight of mom while riding, ideally in a stall. Give it a nice creep feed, take mare out and ride. I've showed mares with four week old foals, but I had somebody to hold the baby just outside the arena while I was in the class. But it is not too hard at all by 6-8 weeks to have mare and foal be totally fine with leaving baby in a stall and taking mare to show. And you can certainly wean by four months, just make sure baby is eating a good mare and foal grain well prior to weaning, as at four months, hay is not calorie dense enough for a foal to maintain condition on it. You can wean as young as three months, in fact, but at that point, it is definitely vital that baby is eating grain. Alternately, if there is someone out there that might want the foal and has a horse suitable for your friend, she could do a swap lease for the season -she gets a riding horse for the season, they get mare and foal, and get to keep the baby. Everybody wins. Might be hard to find a taker with an unknown sire, but you never know.
  11. New Mare

    Definitely a tobiano, very pretty girl, congrats! She doesn't look remotely thin to me in these pictures either -guessing if she didn't have hay that she was on pasture? In any event, I sure hope she turns out to be an awesome horse for you.
  12. Help 4Her's With Reproduction Title!

    Great Expectations.
  13. Annie's Foal Watch -Colt!

    Hi everyone, sorry for the delay. It's dead week, and I have about a zillion projects. Baby is a red roan colt, he is just the sweetest. I am very pleased. Think he's gonna be a stunner when he fills out -everything is in the right place, just needs some muscle to make him look great. And he is sure athletic. Haven't decided for sure on a name yet, my front runners are Torch and Flame. He just seems like a total fireball, and I'm sure it will seem fitting when he sheds out red roan, especially with his face marking! Any registered name suggestions would be appreciated. Mom is Skits Princess Anne, (Skit Hancock*Tonto SFR Chic), sire is Bet Hesa Cat, (Highbrow Cat * Bet Yer Blue Boons). I want to include Skit in the name somehow, and would like to get Bet, Boon or Cat in there as well.
  14. Well, Now It's Time To Wait!

    Did you contact the owners of the stallion? I know they only had fillies on their site, but I bet they know of some colts by him that are for sale. They also more than likely have foals coming this year, and will be breeding for next year, and also probably know of foals from outside mares coming this year and next. They had some pretty nicely bred mares as well -no 'A' list performers or producers, but perfectly adequate to produce a good using horse. Of course, you should do as you please, and if they breeding experience is what you want, well, do your homework and go for it -but I can't imagine that the only way for you to get a nice colt by this stallion is to breed to him and cross your fingers. Not to mention, there are plenty of stallions out there that are just as nice or better than this one whom you could easily purchase colts by. Keep an eye on the production sales and yearling sales over the next couple years. There are always some good looking, well bred colts that go through and are over looked for whatever reason, ending up on the lower end of the price spectrum. You could end up with a much nicer prospect for the same or less money than you would put into breeding and raising one that way.
  15. Did You Go To College?

    I didn't mean to imply that there was anything wrong with the GED in particular. In fact, I took it myself, to full fill a clerical requirement, after three years of high school and two of community college. Got all the answers right, which is the reason I can say with confidence that the GED doesn't test you on everything you would learn in high school. Obviously, a home schooler can learn everything they would learn in high school, but in this particular context (doesn't sound like the individual in question sets a high premium on learning), I suspect this girl likely didn't go beyond what was necessary for the test.