Oh boy, I am already getting excited for our 2018 breeding/foaling season and the 2019 foaling season!! This will be Legacy & Diggers first foals and we are using one outside stallion that is a son of Woolly Mammoth! He will be paired up with two of our mares. I will release his name after the mares are confirmed in foal. We will have a really diverse foal crop for 2019, all goes right we will have 9 foals!! Our 2020 crop we will have foals on the ground by MasterMind and Porter. Yep, I have goose bumps LOL.
One thing I don't think breeders do enough is talk about all the care that goes into these beauties. I am currently working on a page for this site that will explain or have a link for the information. There are quite a few things that are overlooked and ignored where other things are over scrutinized. So please get facts before jumping to any conclusion. Seek a vet to diagnose a problem, not the internet.
I do not ever bat an eye at nutrition costs. Feeding ALL of our horses properly is very expensive and I am proud of the feed program we have.
Not only is feed extremely important, but so is ample turnout. We do not confine any of our horses and they all get ample turnout time everyday. In the summer and fall, they live out on pasture 24/7.
Well, it's off to lunch with Jack to talk about expansion of our ranch, cheers!
Wearing the breeder hat sure has changed how I word things. I have sold Joyful, I said I would never sell Joyful. She was born into this world with a birth defect and I was told to put her down. I found a godsend at WSU that was able to fix Joyful and give her a normal life. You would never know. I took her up to WSU yesterday for a checkup to make sure she was a 100% sound in every way. She is:) I had no doubts. But I said I would never sell her, but that is not the case. Joyful is outa our fab mare Downs Pride and one of my top 5 favorite stallions Streetfighter. Joyful is beautiful, sweet head, great feather, and her best attribute, her amazing temperament. That is why I have chosen to sell her. She wants her people to shower her with attention 24/7. With having 16 horses, that's not an option, so I found Joyful the most amazing family, she will be with her 1/2 sister Dream and will have kids to shower her with love. This fills my heart with so much joy and love, it is what I had to do for Joyful:) These are hard choices, but I have to do whats best for our horses, and our program. Joyful is such a love, I want her to have more in life other than being a broodmare. When you find the right fit, you can't say no:)
It's ben a very busy spring and summer thus far and we couldn't be more excited that Dixie is starting to bag up! She will be the next to foal followed by Prada and then Red. I am very proud of how our breeding program is evolving and the future it holds. We are very passionate about the quality or our Gypsy cobs.
Master Plan is proving his worth not only as a producer, but as an amazing saddle horse as well. We have been trail riding and MP keeps his cool and acts like a total gentleman. We have also started our dressage journey and starting weekly lessons with Green Meadow Dressage in Sherwood. We will do a few recognized shows this year and see if we can qualify for championships in September.
Very excited to share that we have started are barn renovations! With our growing heard and needs, we need to upgrade things. We are adding 24ft to the length of the stalls & hay loft and that will make it the same length as the arena. With this will come new stall fronts and heated waterers! Also roll up doors on each end of the building which will be a blessing when that wind and snow hits! We will post pictures of the progrss on our FaceBook page:) Jack is tearing out the old stall that was built on the end a few years ago. We also are going to be totally revamping out tack room! Will be new cabinets, farm sink and I think we may do concrete countertops!! So happy to have a hank hubby!!
Really not the best photo, but it will do for now. This girl is everything and more that we ever dreamed we would get outa Prada and The Don. She has more bone & feather than most mature mares out there. Her feather blows Master Plans outa the water! I will defiantly be breeding MP and her together in two years. It is gonna be really hard letting go some of these babies, but frankly, I am breeding towards bringing back traditional Gypsies. There are a handful of breeders in the US that are breeding for quality over color and I am proud to be one of them. I will also be pairing up Diva with Legacy, that show be something pretty special!! We have our first show in two weeks and I am busy washing the horse trailer, packing it, stocking it with food and getting ready for a summer filled with horse camping and amazing friends!! I don't think we are gonna get out a lot this summer, due to the B&B and the horses, but that is A-Okay! I do want to plan a trip to England with my bestie to go visit our friends and she wants to look at horses. win win :)
Pride and Master Plan blessed us a stunning filly this morning!! Boy, we are over the moon with this girl! Welcome Kohl's D-Lux!! Check out our Facebook page for lots of videos and pictures. We might have to keep this stunning filly. I am so proud of Master Plan! He is outdoing himself!
Red and Dixie had prego ultrasounds yesterday and all is looking great!! I am very excited for all our foals, but I have a feeling these two are going to be extra special. I will be keeping Dixie's foal if it is a filly at this time. I always like to have a prodigy of all of our mares on the ground as if anything were to happen to the mares, I have those lines still going in our breeding program.
Digger and Legacy are doing fab! We sure couldn't be more pleased with them two. They are being handled daily and getting used to having their feet played with and being tied. Legacy is a bit more reserved than Digger, but he is quiet and sweet. There is a 2 month difference in age and I know once Legacy grows a bit, he will be quite the little rascal. Both have been doing well with the change of hay, Legacy had quite the runny stool for a bit but I seem to have that under control.
It's off to the barn I go to work Teddy and handle babies and wash feather.
Have a safe and great weekend. No matter all the stress in the outside world, step away from it and go spend time with your loved ones and animals.
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.