Three Weeks Old And Growing Fast!
I am very lucky to have some really nice mares to breed from and this year I am expecting four foals. I have bred some foals before but this year I hope to campaign them at the BEF Futurity and also the British Warmblood Show. I was lucky enough to have the BWBS Grading Mare Champion a few years ago so I would love to do well. So much has changed since then and the standard is even higher now - so who knows.
My old mare is twenty one years old. I was worried that she would be getting too old to have another foal but she has proved me wrong. She is such a lovely mare with a heavenly temperament that I thought it would be worth trying again. She took first time. She has an interesting pedigree – she is by the Danish Thoroughbred stallion Mago who competed for Denmark at Grand Prix level out of an Elite Danish mare by the Trakehner Ibikus. Ibikus sired the dam of Garibaldi, Gondola II. Garibaldi is the sire of Moorlands Totilas and he appears in the pedigree of many graded stallions. It is an interesting mix.
On the of 4th of April Manilla had a colt. He is a fine young man but his legs need to get stronger. It was a beautiful sunny day next morning so Mum and baby went out into a small quiet paddock. I was thrilled to see him at about thirteen hours old. He was such a friendly little chap and already exploring everything around him and worrying his mother! It amazes me how quickly they get their own little character – he is going to be a people person like his Mum. He has been such a success that I am going to try to put her in foal again to the same stallion Damsey. The mare looks fantastic and is not showing her age at all so it has to be worth a go. When I went to visit him again yesterday, almost three weeks after he was born I was very pleased how he had come on. He is obviously much stronger and his legs are looking good. He is in a herd of about eight other mares and foals so he gets the chance to play with his mates. It must be good for a young foal to play and exercise his lungs and strengthen his bones rather than be cooped up in a stable like so many are. He has a fantastic walk already but really so he should – his mother has a great walk as does his father – the rest I don’t know! It will be fun to try and get to see him trot and canter in the near future and try and get some photos. At the moment all I get is standing still!
One of his play mates is my filly foal by Floriscount. She is very pretty and almost blue in colour. I think she is going to be called Mabel for a stable name! I did get to see her trot a little but away from me so it was not so easy to gauge how she was moving. It looked good…but I would like to get a proper look soon. Next time I go and see them I will go armed with my video camera. I wish I could see them more often but sadly that is not possible as I live about an hour and fourty away from where they are kept. Half the fun of having them is being able to go and play with them.
I have about four weeks to go for the other two foals. One is by Ampere and the other Christ. Both mares are maiden so it will be really interesting to see how they cope. I think the Diamond Hit mare will be fine but I am not so sure about the Welt Hit mare. She likes her space so I think she will be rather surprised to have a little person at her side. Once she knows it is hers I think she will be a fantastic mother as her mother was. We shall see……