Jack and I are looking forward to 2016 with the arrival of our first foal crop! We plan on retaining two of our three foals for our breeding program and give us some babies to hit the show scene with:)
The week before Christmas we headed down to California to get our three new girls and Jennifer Truax’s new colt SD MoonRaker. When Master Plan was sent over (7/2015), I was on a road trip heading to Missouri picking up SD Easy Elegance from the SD Farm, so I didn't get to go pickup MP with Jack. It was fun to see the process and meet the people of Jet Pets. I will post the pictures of the “pods” they are shipped in. There are three horses per pod. While on the journey, they are accompanied with a groom who attends to their safety and food needs while on the plane. I have learned about the two style of jets that the horses come over on, a freighter or a half passenger and half freight which tends to run smoother time wise than the freighter.
Once the horses arrive, then its time for USDA temp readings, this is done throughout the day. The horses were then released after 48 hours of normal temps; if one had a raised temp, it would be seen by the vet and not released until the horse had a stable temp, and of course, additional costs. Any stock under two years does not have to partake in any additional screening, but our mares will have to spend two weeks(stallions 4 weeks and have to successfully breed a mare) screening for CEM in Medford with Penny, who is amazing. It was our first time meeting Penny and she is a joy to work with and it clearly shows the horses are her PASSION! I will include the link for both the USDA and Penny’s webpage.
Back to our trip, Jack and I were the first to get loaded up, the two mares first and Dixie and MoonRaker aka Mr. were in the last stall, big enough for the two yearlings, we took our bumper pull trailer for this reason. Once everyone was loaded up, the USDA sealed the back of the trailer as it cannot be opened or tampered with. A USDA vet cuts off the zip ties when you arrive at the CEM facility(Penny’s). I asked myself, what if there was an emergency and the trailer had to be opened? Well, you call state patrol. Good to know LOL.
Jack and I drove straight from LAX to Penny’s. We took turns driving while the other slept. The weather was perfect:).
Once the mares were unloaded and put in their stalls, we put the yearlings in a stall, let them feed and drink as we went to breakfast to give them a break before we started the trek home. We were able to feed and water all the horses during the trip by having access with the drop down windows. We chose to pickup our horses for two reasons, the cost and knowing they will be handled properly and safely. Though I would trust Penny anytime to get our horses. Next week, we get to go pick up Prada and Pride, so excited to have those two amazing girls running in our pastures!
The new additions to PMG are on their way from England (I will write more about this process when I don't have to run to a appointment).
Jack and I are beyond thrilled with ALL of them!
I first saw Dixie last April when I went for a visit to the SD Farm in England and she was in a barn with MP and about a 100 other yearlings, but my focus was on a mare in foal, heck, I wasn't shopping for a colt either and MP was the first to be imported LOL.
Janey kept telling me she is a special filly and I should have her, so she didn't have to twist my arm too hard.
SD Prada is in foal to my all time favorite stallion The Don and this foal will be special to me since I can't pry The Don from Steve:) Prada is very well put together and is sired out of Flash Harry and Prada's dam is stunning; saw her for the first time in November and couldn't believe I have a foal out of her. Prada has a proper build and beautiful straight silky feather that is past her hooves. Prada is gonna mature into a stunning Cob.
When Jack and I went to England to visit Janey & Gavin we got to help on the farm and spend more time with the rest of the family as well, we knew we wanted one more mare to add to our lineup for this year, Janey had one picked out and we gave her our thumbs up, but the only draw back is she was NOT in foal, so we couldn't bring her till 2016 and no foal till 2017, so we just kind of left it at that. Well.... Moving the horses on one of the wet rainy days on our trip, we saw a stunning mare that happened to be my favorite color and Steve went on about how special she was to him with Jack, lets just say Steve and Jack hit it off and this special mare is in foal to Steve's favorite stallion who we also love. This mare is arriving with the others at LAX tomorrow:) She will put most stallions to shame as she is the complete package. We are blessed and honored to have a mare of her quality. She will FOREVER remain with PMG and will NEVER be for sale. The SD farm has retained most of her foals and her breeding goes back to her granddad's stock. A few of her foals have been sold and are champions in the show world. She will have her own page on our website and I hope to build it as though as possible of past and future foals and the sires that sired the foals as well. I will post pictures soon..... Once she arrives:)
I put this page together to share our adventures of with our Gypsies as well as sharing tips on hair care, our feeding program, and any general helpful information to pass along.