Let’s start with the biggest news from today. Anna and I had talked for a while about what our criteria should be for the next horse we add to the farm. Here is what we came up with:
1. Not a thoroughbred.
3. Already trained and able to be used in Anna’s lesson program.
4. Young enough to have some go and be fun for Rob on the trails.
So, today we brought home a 15hh, 9yo Arabian mare (Shagya bloodlines) that is still pretty green. But in our defense, Anna has wanted an Arab (but prefers geldings) and I am interested in limited distance endurance riding.
Introducing Sophie (pending a name change!) Sophie will be a training project for this year. Anna will focus on her dressage foundation and Rob will focus on her trail and ground work. We plan to divide up the work on Dakota in a similar fashion. The bottom line is, horses will continue to be our main focus.
Backing up a few days, on Tuesday, Sawyer Farm’s Onyx kidded and gave us a cute little buckling named Sawyer Farm’s Smores. Smores is being raised as a bottle baby and will hopefully find a home for use in breeding.
On Friday, we got another round of snow (about 3″ at our house) and triplets, 2 does and buck, from Longvu Bx Tangueray Texter (Tang). Sawyer Farm’s Three Musketeers was the buck and the larger doe, Sawyer Farm’s Kit Kat is already reserved and will be leaving next week. Sawyer Farm’s Twix was the runt at 4.6 lbs and will be raised by Vicki.
We only bred 1 other doe this year, but it appears she didn’t actually get pregnant, so we think that wraps up our kidding season. Final tally – 4 does and 2 bucks. Now as soon as the snow finishes melting, we can saddle up the horses!