Archive for May, 2011

When the wind went down….

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Harry 003Harry 005With gale force winds, who could blame Wynona for holding off.  As soon as the wind went down on Friday, she blessed us with a full brother to Fiona.  He caused quite a stir, as I was in Armstrong and received a call from my neighbor that I had a newborn foal on the road.  Somebody from the subdivision had driven into her yard to tell her.  Glen was home, but when he left for a music coffee house, he saw ‘Nona’ standing by herself (that should have been his first clue) and everything looked normal. 

Harry 001Another quick call to Jeremy down the road.  Thanks to Donna and Jeremy, they got the fence turned off and the little guy back to his frantic mama. Little brat kept wandering back towards the fence.  Wynona disciplines her foals reminiscent of a marine drill sargeant with new recruits.  By the time Glen got home, he was glued to her side; temporarily.  She has her hooves full with this one; he has a mind of his own.  Glen started calling him “Harry” for Harry Houdini and I think that is going to stick.  Not only for his “escapecapade”, but for the significance of having Illusion for a Daddy.  By the look of the light hairs in his tail, I think we have a grey.  I like him, he’s a little less Welsh looking than Fiona was at birth,  and little sportier.  Although when I came home on Monday, I did take a double take on Fiona moving across the field, as she reminded me of Dharma; there wasn’t much of a pony look to her.  Her honkin’ thick Welsh neck has thinned out.  And that, after all is the goal, sportponies, not Welsh ponies.

Pictures are from 5 days old

…still waiting…sigh

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

She had me fooled.  More than a week later and nothing has changed.  I think she’s waiting for me to leave for Armstrong. 

Had a fabulous Sunday at Killerney Farms Training Show.  Lindsay Gerber, my colt starter, and her friend Tara, are helping me out this year by riding Nora and Lacey to help get them sold.  They’ve been on the horses for 3 weeks and I’ve helped them 6 times over fences, starting with trot poles on the ground.  I’m absolutely thrilled with the progress of all 4.  I thought it was too early to show, but they proved me wrong.  Nora is going to be a fabulous fancy hunter, auto changes already happening.  Lacey is going to be good in her own right, despite being under that magic 16hh mark.  She showed us that as long as you keep your eyes up, she will not stop…she doesn’t make a fuss about being bumped in the mouth.  Her scope and style have shown us, she will be suitable for both rings; hunter and jumper.  She will be a perfect children’s first horse; her chrome and confirmation make her very flashy. 

There is a video on Youtube, however, I’m techno challenged and after several futile attempts am giving up.  Search Nora and Lindsay Killerney Farm and you’ll find it.  Lindsay’s husband Jeff did video.  Didn’t get video of Lacey as she is still trotting around, but will get photos from Linda Finstad who was at both Killerney and Still Meadows (on the flat)

Foal Watch, Finally

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Trying to catch up on my emails, and the Innovative Horsekeeper Facebook Page after a very busy weekend at The Mane Event.  Just before we left on Thursday, I checked the mares.  Our son Mark, was none too happy when I told him he had the added task of checking on Wynona.  I kind of thought she’d hold out over the weekend, but she goes from 0 to 60 in no time flat.  Hope we have pictures to post tomorrow.  P.S. No foal last night or today, maybe tonight

It’s so busy right now, but that’s how it goes.  We had Joey with us at Red Deer, he wasn’t driving yet, but hopefully, now that I’ve got the round pen back that will be soon.  It is very difficult to line drive without one; I kept tripping on things as I followed him around the yard, trying to stay in position and everytime he’d end up turning and looking at me; so it’s hard to say who was learning what. 

We’ve started trailering into Gorsline’s with Illusion, George and Amelia.  As well Lindsay and her friend Tara  have taken on Nora and Lacey as summer projects.  I’m helping get them started over fences with the mares (that’s kind of scary)

Time to upload a couple of pictures and go check on the mare, before a quick catnap.Joey in Red Deer looking smart in his Twisteez braids