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!
Well, so far we've had a beautiful summer, compared to last year. Many many days of sunshine, and many others that gave us rain in the morning, and then shaped up nicely after all. Unfortunately, it looks like the wet season is thinking of returning to South Wales, and I'm finding myself feeling sorry for the horses as it pelts down against my dining room window. Too early to blanket them, I'm keen to get a building up before the temperature starts to drop, so they will have some shelter from the elements. Also looking for options for providing some shelter in the fields.
With our beautiful views, the other side of the coin is that, whether the tide is coming in or going out, we get the accompanying breeze. On a still day, it's lovely ... but in the winter it can be bleak.
On the positive side, it will be a breeze to power those electric fences!
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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