Well! Yesterday this little colt was called "Nell" ... until we had another look under that tightly clamped tail, in the bright daylight! Now he looks like being called Tuffy ... and officially, Lunar Dude McFritz. We could change our minds half a dozen times before the paperwork goes through!
Tuffy was born on March 21st 2010 ... first day of Spring, and also my son John's birthday. It was a busy day, to say the least! Like all Luke's foals, and all Lily's foals ... this baby is already up for a scratch and a cuddle. Our Hanna gets stuck right in with the Imprint training, and we expect to see this little fellow in a halter (headcollar) without any fuss at all. We have not yet decided if Tuffy will be offered for sale, but please join us in welcoming him to the world!
Lonesome Dove is the fictional tale of two Texas Rangers, who drive hundreds of cattle north from Lonesome Dove, Texas to the lush, green, sparsely inhabited fields of Montana. The cattle are soon followed by a herd of wild horses, including mustangs and Mexican horses of Spanish descent. There is a stop along the way, however, to negotiate for some Throroughbred mares Captain Woodrow Call knows about in Ogallala, Nebraska and hopes to breed with the wild stock. The deal is done, and before long the whole kit and caboodle are headed for greener pastures.
In Montana, Captain Call's vision is realized, and the resulting herd represents the inception of the Quarter Horse breed, in its infant stages.
At Lonesome Dove, we respect the origins of the Quarter Horse, and celebrate its foundations on the many, many cattle ranches where the breed was created; from Texas to Montana and from Baja California to New Jersey ... from sea to shining sea.
Well, Jessi, who is in foal to Tyree Sunup Zan Parr, is getting close to foaling too, and since it's her first time with a stretched belly, I'm sure she's feeling fed up and generally massive. I remember those last weeks of pregnancy very well and the mares always have my utmost sympathy at this time of year.
Jess has settled in well with Gem at home, where they can have access to the field, or the stables, as they choose. They both look forward to their daily brushing, which helps the time go faster for them, I imagine. The more I get to know this mare, the more I love her, and I can't begin to tell you how highly I value her. What a darling she is - and with those incredible foundation bloodlines, I'm not a bit surprised!
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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