October Update

It was strange not to be able to attend the Hanoverian Foal inspection this year. I know that the breeders and spectators alike enjoy the weekend! However, the 2020 foals have had their DNA samples taken, their microchips inserted, and the papers filed out for their registration to the Hanoverian Verband.

The youngsters have grown and shed out their foal coats. Looks like Lenah will be a bay, Derry will be a liver chestnut, and Donahan will be a dark bay. It will be a few more months before weaning begins, so right now, the foals are settled into a routine of grazing and naps in the pasture, playing together and sneaking some food from their mothers at mealtimes. Also, they get visits and scratches from us as well ūüôā

We decided to not to rebreed Florencia this year in order to “reset” her. Unfortunately, Donatasha did not get in foal this year so we will retry in the spring. However, Highland Lily (Hampton/Dauphin/Wonderland) is in foal to Dancier (DeNiro/Lancier/Espri). This was Lily’s first attempt using frozen semen. A big Thank You to Dr. Mike Slana for all his work and visits every six hours to make this happen. Highland Lily has been an amazing broodmare for us. She consistently passes on her lovely movement and good nature to her foals. We are very excited to see this cross!

Below is a recent picture of Derry (Dauphin/Hampton/Dauphin) at the beach.

Video of Lenah and Donahan

The summer has been very busy and very warm! ¬†We try to get the handling of the horses completed first thing in the morning to avoid the extreme heat. ¬†You can see the changes in their behaviour when the temperature is cooler…lots more playing in the field as opposed to standing around swishing flies. ¬†Everyone gets lots of practice with applying fly spray this time of year!

Florencia had her foal on July 12. ¬†Donahan (Dauphin/Florencio) is a beautiful dark bay colt with lovely markings. ¬†He still sticks to his mother’s side a lot so trying to take video of him has proven challenging. ¬†However, I have noticed that all the very shy foals start to get braver over time and curiosity will draw them closer for a visit. A good scratch on their back seems to win them over every time!

The other foals have grown.  Looks like Derry (Dauphin/Hampton) is going to be a liver chestnut.  He has such a presence and is so personable.   We are very pleased with Lenah (Licosto/DeNiro).  She was a tiny  filly at birth but has filled out and looks amazing.  We have decided to keep her for a future broodmare.

We had some repairs done to our electric fence this year and it has allowed for more pasture rotation. It is great to be able to give some of the fields a rest especially during this particularly dry season. As I write this, Andrew is weed whipping along the fence line. ¬†He just came in to tell me that he cut the bottom strand of our brand new fence ūüė¶ ¬† ¬†I was hoping not to have to do any repairs quite this soon!

Will update the breeding plans for 2021 in the next post:)

Below is a video of Lenah (light bay) and Donahan (dark bay) with their dams Donatasha and Florencia.

 

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Delina has a New Home!

Congratulations to Sheila McFarlane of New Brunswick. ¬†She has been updating us with Delina’s progress and we know that these two are going to have so much fun together! We have been so fortunate that our horses have all found very special homes. ¬†It makes parting with them a little bit easier ūüôā

Two of the mares have foaled. ¬†Highland Lily had a beautiful chestnut colt by Dauphin on May 25 and EM Donatasha had ¬†a lovely bay filly by Licosto on June 23. ¬†So thrilled with them both and looking forward to Florencia’s Dauphin foal in July. ¬†It is definitely a less hectic foaling season than last year with better spacing between the births!

Unfortunately, we had to euthanize Luxdon, our Londonderry gelding, the day after his first birthday (due to an injury).  It was a difficult day as any horse person knows.

Rebreeding is about to begin and Highland Lily is first up.  We are planning to breed her with frozen for the first time.

We have started our three year old Buchanan and he has been so much fun to work with. ¬†He loves having something to do and is so laid back. ¬†Between starting him and playing with the foals, some of the chores on the “to do” list are not being completed in a timely manner ūüôā

Below is a picture of Delina taken last fall.

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Video of Bizette and Luxdon

Well, it is interesting and unsettling times right now.   Eventually, some form of normalcy will take place, but it won’t come without affecting us all.

The weather is starting to show signs of spring. With that comes the shedding of huge amounts of hair.¬†¬† Each horses has their special ‚Äúspa day‚ÄĚ.¬†¬† Luckily, some are shedding out quicker than others so I can stagger their appointments. ūüôā

There are loads of odd jobs to do around the farm so it is easy to keep busy.  With the warmer weather now, it is great to be outdoors without so many layers on!

The 2019 foals are doing great! ¬†At the beginning, Darlequin and Luxdon were the largest of the three foals, but now, Bizette is holding her own with Luxdon and Darlequin is the smallest of the bunch.¬† ‚ÄúQuin‚ÄĚ is at a friend‚Äôs place, for the winter as a buddy for her filly.

The ring still has a lot of snow in it and it looks like it is going to be the last place to melt as the fence and trees seem to have caught lots over the winter.  We are really looking forward to getting some more photos and videos.  Hoping Luxdon will show us some trot this year. His preferred gait is canter but we get glimpses of his trot and it looks lovely!

We had planned on rebreeding all three mares this spring but have not made a firm decision yet and may have to make changes to those plans.  It will depend on the arrival of frozen semen shipments from Europe and the US.  Working on a back up plan, just in case.

The video is Luxdon and Bizette with Luxdon clearly being a pest! ¬†Bizette is such a good sport and pleasantly ignoring him‚Ķ.for now! ūüôā

 

February Update

So far, this winter has been quite tolerable without the terrible ice that was present last year. The horses enjoy the milder days and spend lots of time out in the pasture, running, rolling or digging through the snow.

The 2019 youngsters have really grown.   A couple times a week, each one is brought in individually for some grooming and handling.  Of all the foals we have had so far, this crop has had the least amount of issues when they are separated from their buddies.

Unfortunately, there is too much snow in the ring  preventing us from taking additional video of the sale horses.

The mares are showing now and this spring should be less hectic than last year with respect to foaling.  Having three foals in seven days was a bit much!

This year Highland Lily is due in May, Donatasha is due in June and Floriencia is due in July.  Both Highland Lily and Florencia are bred to Dauphin this year.   Donatasha is in foal to Licosto.   Really looking forward to the 2020 line up!

The photo is of Bizette (Benetton Dream/DeNiro/WanderburschII) at four months old.

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Video of Mares and Foals

Well, the last two months certainly flew by! ¬†The foals are weaned and it was the easiest weaning thus far. ¬†I think the mares and foals were ready. ¬†Luxdon,¬†would rather have another colt to play with as the two fillies don’t pay much attention to him. ¬†Once in a while, the girls will indulge him for some roughhousing!

We used the riding ring daily until the snow and frozen ground took over.   Having the new pastures fenced gave our other fields a much deserved rest.  Future plans include shelters for the new fields.

This is the time of year when we plan the 2020 breeding season.   Lots of reading up on stallions!

The video is of the mares and foals when they moved to the new pasture this past summer.

 

October Update

The foal inspection was held September 1, 2019.  The weather was fantastic and it was great to meet everyone.   The mares and foals trailered well and settled in nicely.  When it was their turn to be presented, Bizette and Luxdon both refused to trot and had a grand time bucking and cantering around the ring!  Darlequin rose to the occasion and showed off nicely at the trot.  A huge Thanks to Amanda Coggins for braiding our mares and foals, and Cindy Matheson for helping us with trailering.  Both Andrew and I appreciated their help:)

We finally have our riding ring finished!  It has been wonderful these last few weeks to finally be able to get video and start riding the youngsters.  The additional pasture was fenced as well and the horses are enjoying the new grazing area.  It will give the other pastures a much needed break before winter.

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Brighton Has a New Home!

So thrilled to announce that Brighton has been sold to Kristen Gallant of Massachusetts. ¬†I had the pleasure of meeting Kristen at Houlton, Maine…..this sweet filly has a wonderful new owner :). ¬†This was the first time I took a horse across the border myself. ¬†All of the people that were involved in this process were most helpful. ¬†It was a long day of driving but Brighton was delivered safe and sound. ¬†Best of luck to Brighton and Kristen!IMG_3304

Foals Have Arrived!

It was a very busy and somewhat sleepless ten days!  We had two fillies and a colt this year.  Donatasha and Floriencia  were due around the same time and Lily was due about two weeks later, but she joined in, and decided to foal as well.     Thank you to friends, Amanda and Connie, my sister Kim, and my daughter Erin who gave me a hand. Huge thanks to Dr. Mike Slana as well.

The foals are doing well and it so much fun to watch them ūüôā ¬†At this point, the fillies will be kept for our breeding program. ¬†The photo is of the colt, Luxdon at one day old!

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