Lucinda Harmon Moon, also known as Lucy, is just loving her life here in the sunshine at Lilac Bay. With Tuffy to play with, and plenty of good grass and milk, Honey to look after her, and Hanna's affections ... what else could a foal want? Lucy is really chunking out now (see the Babies Page) Here, you can see the great gorge between Honey's front legs, and I wouldn't be at all surprised if Lucy turns out to be a good weight carrier, too. She's already tucking into the good grass, and is always happy to see us, although we have not been feeding grain for a few weeks now.
Honey is losing her white winter wooly coat, and is slowly turning wonderfully golden once again. She is so beautiful in her summer coat. Lucy may be offered for sale at weaning, since both Izzy and Qita will be coming into the herd as mares before long - making our breeding herd complete.
Well, Spring is making a wonderful showing of itself so far, and Hanna is taking the opportunity to get young Lucy used to the idea that Honey will be used as something other than a lawn ornament. Honey seems happy to get back to work, after her breeding break, and she and Hanna are getting to spend some special bonding time during the before-and-after brushing (and feeding) rituals. Sunshine on our backs, wind in our hair, and all is right with the world at Lilac Bay Farm!
Sometimes, it's hard to remember that Hanna is only thirteen. What an amazing horse girl she is. Today, she was going to brush horses for an hour while I met the washing machine repairman. When I came back, though, I found she had first-time saddled both three year olds, Lace and Tess E, all by herself!
The interesting thing is, I've never really shown her how to do it ... she's just sort of seen it done ... and decided to try it herself. She used advance-and-retreat technique, with which she had great success. As you can see, Lace is quite content with matters as they are.
Hanna even had the presence of mind to take photos with her phone, and blue-tooth them to my MacBook.
How, you may well ask, did any of us ever get anything done in this world ... before we had such clever teenagers to show us the way forward ... ???
Foal watch: Nothing yet, but Honey, Lily and Gem are starting to make milk for the foals. They're drinking LOADS, and I'm having to fill their trough twice a day. It's nice to see the milk sacs just starting to develop. BGem and Honey are considerably bigger on one side than the other - which seems fine as long as they don't have twins !!
K. Taylor Rhys
I'm bit of a Lonesome Dove myself, after the loss of Larry Taylor, my first love, who was an awesome horseman.
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