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Happy New Year! Let's See Those Newly-Turned Yearlings!

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    Happy New Year! Let's See Those Newly-Turned Yearlings!

    I didn't want to keep bumping up the "foals of 2018" thread indefinitely. Instead, I thought it was time for a new one. How are your now-yearlings coming along? My girl is only 8.5 months old (mid April baby). She's about 12 hands tall and right at 500 pounds. She continues to amaze me with her fantastic mind and laid-back personality! It's been raining non-stop for what seems like forever now, so I didn't take a photo this morning. But this one was taken Christmas Day - close enough, right? Please excuse her half-clipped face; she managed to whack her face/forehead on a piece of wood about a month ago and needed 8 staples. Luckily, it's healed fantastically; I'd have hated it if her beautiful face had been permanently marred.
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    I know that yearlings tend to be in weird growth spurts, but I can't believe no one wants to respond to this! To keep the topic going, here's a "Facebook Live" video of my girl getting her first real bath this afternoon:

    I really hope that link works!

    Even if your yearlings aren't necessarily photogenic at this point, what are you doing with them right now? Any updates at all??


      I missed this topic the first time around. My TB yearling colt, Miso, is now a gelding, as of two days ago. I'm ponying him every day to be sure be gets enough exercise for drainage. So far, so good. Miso ponies really well off my giant 17.1 OTTB, I take him on trails in the woods and tromp through puddles.

      Miso is stalled next to his sire, and they've turned into good buddies. They share a fence line (runout paddocks behind stalls, opens up into bigger fields) and enjoy napping side by side, or playing mild biteyface games. Miso frequently leaves his pasturemates to hang out with Dad, despite the fence between them.

      Photo taken Dec 26th. Miso measures 14.3 at wither, 15h behind, about 850lbs according to vet. Will be 12 months on Feb 21.
      A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.
      ? Albert Einstein



        Currently, mine is a woolly yak for which I am eternally grateful, given last week's temperature (with windchill) of -55*. We are also discovering how many different ways she can grow (grow out then up, grow up behind then catch up in front, seem level then JK!) so I have a different horse every time I look at her, apparently. Surprise!

        Lots of leading in hand/handling stuff. We take walks all around the property and get to supervise all sorts of fun things (heavy machinery, grading the driveway, pulling up concrete blocks with a tractor, neighbors' snowmobiling/ATV/shooting antics). Prior to ice, we were juust working on trotting in hand but that's taken a backseat until we get some more reliable footing.

        I think our next trick will be introducing leg coverings (boots? wraps? we'll see which is more convenient..) and clippers.


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          EventerAJ, Miso is a solid 6 inches taller than my girl, so good for you! I'm sure he's enjoying his adventures while being ponied.

          Edre, your handling procedures sound very similar to mine. Sydney has an in-hand show in about six weeks, but, otherwise, we're basically on the same schedule.


            Seven month old filly. 14.1h. She is a registered Anglo Arabian (75% Thoroughbred) in her winter woollies.
            SIGNIFIED (Signal Bey++++// x Paint The Dancer)
            The Inverted Y
            Thoroughbred and Anglo Arabian Sporthorses
            2005 and 2007 USEF Breeder of the Year.


              I cannot tell what my two fillys look like. Best description "Yacks covered in mud"--we have 2 feet of frozen show and they won't even bother to roll to let me see what color they are --LOL


                Miso was a demo horse today at the USEA FEH seminar. He was pretty well behaved for his first time off the farm. I received some nice compliments and feedback, and I'm considering taking him to some actual FEH competitions later this year.

                Last edited by EventerAJ; Feb. 22, 2019, 09:28 AM. Reason: Fixed link
                A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.
                ? Albert Einstein



                  My warmblood (Hanoverian and Oldenburg lines) colt is a year in May. He was 14.3 hands when I measure him last which was at least a month ago. He is going through a super ugly stage and I try not to take any pictures besides head shots right now lol!! It's winter here and we have snow so he is also a hairy beast!

                  Im wondering what all your babies heights are? I'm hoping he is not going to be a giant!


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                    EventerAJ, congrats on a successful first outing! I wasn't able to get your video link to work, though. :/

                    Banditbear, my girl is just shy of 12.1 hands at 10 months old, but both of her parents are in the 14 hand range. I expect she's going to mature somewhere around the 14.2 mark, give or take. Your guy sounds like he's going to be a big boy!


                      Fixed the link, I hope.

                      At exactly 12 months, Miso is about 151cm, or 14.3 and a half. I expect him to mature to a solid 16.2, maybe more. Dam is 16.1, sire is 16.2 rounding up.

                      After gelding (for forced exercise and to prep for FEH) I've been ponying Miso every day for the past 3 weeks. Much of the time I've used my stallion as the pony horse...there's nothing cooler than riding the sire and leading his colt, looking out over a matching set of ears together jogging down the trails.
                      A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.
                      ? Albert Einstein



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                        Awe, he was REALLY good! And I love your ponying video; I wish I had a reliable pony horse available. My girl has a busy, busy mind. She's learned to walk and trot in hand, stands tied for grooming and bathing, got body clipped for the first time without too much drama, and is starting to learn the mechanics of longing (w/t for no more than 2-3 minutes at a time). She's picking everything up super quickly, but she's also ALWAYS into something. This morning, I couldn't find her when I arrived at the barn to feed. I walked around the corner and found this (hopefully the video link works - it's set to "public")...


                        Sigh. She figured out that she can squeeze between the side of the hay shed and the fence - the opening is only wide enough for me to fit through if I turn sideways, and I weigh 137 pounds! We keep the horses out of this area because there's some exposed metal we don't want them near. Notice that, while she wanted out, she wasn't at all worried about her predicament. I made a makeshift barrier to (hopefully) stop her from doing that again until we have time to figure out the best way to permanently block the gap off.

                        She has also pulled the caps off of almost all the t-posts in the pasture and has pulled down/destroyed three fly traps. I think she needs a job as soon as realistically possible! Life is never dull with her around.


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                          My baby girl suddenly doesn't look like a baby any more! I took this photo on Sunday morning - it's the first one in which I've been able to do her beautiful head justice. We're about two weeks out from her first show now. Eek! Her coat is coming in darker than I expected after being body clipped; I'm hopeful that will continue to be the case. The weather here has been crazy - 75 degrees on Sunday with an EF-4 tornado only 10 miles away and now 27 degrees and sleeting. Luckily, Sydney really likes her "clothes".


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                            Sydney went to her first horse show this week. She has been such a trooper! She was super nervous the first day/night but settled in after that. We showed in a "main ring" halter class on Friday and Sport Horse in Hand Hunter Type yesterday. There were saddleseat horses warming up in the arena adjacent to her SHIH show ring, so she was not at all interested in standing for inspection. Sigh. But she did great once we started walking and trotting the triangle. I'm so proud of her! She's definitely going to be happy to get home tonight; we've been here since Tuesday.


                              These are my two yearling colts. The black is called Night's Watch (Kannan x Cantos x Indorado), he turned one at the beginning of March. The bay is Neilan (Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve x Cassini I x Caretino), he will turn one in the middle of June. Both are just living out in the fields with 12 other colts.
                              Alison/Mikali Farms


                                Here is my little Duke as a yearling last year! He's about 15hh then and has since grown about a hand and about 2 yak's worth of hair. Not 2018's baby, but I wanted to join in the share!!


                                  So proud of my colt Miso! I showed him at the Ocala YEH/FEH in the yearling class yesterday, and he qualified for championships with a score of 84.375. Highest score of the day, and he earned 9s for his walk and general impression, plus 8.75 for type. He was pretty well behaved and I really value the feedback.

                                  Can't wait to see how he continues to grow and develop over the year.

                                  Last edited by EventerAJ; Mar. 28, 2019, 05:46 PM.
                                  A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.
                                  ? Albert Einstein



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                                    Summer update time!

                                    My girl continues to amaze me by avoiding the yearling awkwardness I anticipated. Yes, she's longer than she is tall (but she's reining bred, so she may never grow out of that!), and she's a bit downhill - though not as much as she looks in the photo, because she was standing on a slope - but the neck fairy has continued to bless us, and she has never lost her "pretty", thankfully. She's also still the BEST minded baby I've ever been around. She is SO ridiculously smart and WANTS a job badly. I thought I'd challenge her with a "walk over the tarp" day - in less than 10 minutes, she was trotting back and forth over it and dragging it, just like she'd done it her whole life.

                                    Tomorrow she'll wear a bit for the first time. I'm hoping to start working on ground driving her - at a walk only - in the next month or so. I've also been working with her on standing at the mounting block patiently, as that's a skill my last horse never learned. She's such a gem.

                                    How is everyone else doing with their yearlings/yacklings?


                                      Aww, she's so pretty! Very typey and refined. Mine is going through the expected awkward stages, but not bad enough to hide behind the barn. Yet. He's fairly large (nearly 15.1, big bodied) and has been mistaken for a 2yo a few times. I wish the neck fairy would visit!

                                      I groom him once a week in crossties, and pony him occasionally just to have something to do. He's worn a snaffle headstall a couple times with no fussing. Around August I'll probably start ground driving him a few days a week, and more ponying to get him "fit" for FEH championships in September.
                                      A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.
                                      ? Albert Einstein



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                                        Awe. And you were worried about his head. He looks very grown up and noble! My girl probably won't be 15.1 when full grown - she's 12.3 at the withers and 13.1 at the hip right now. We're just hoping for "not a pony" at this point! Lol.