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How are the two year olds?

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  • How are the two year olds?

    I took a couple of pictures of my boy to send to his breeder. He'll be two next month. The pictures aren't so hot. They certainly don't do the horse justice, but it's really hard to get great pictures when I'm alone, and he is a fuzzy beast....

    Anyway, it got me wondering how the other 'babies' from '07 are doing. My guy had been holding at 16hh for the longest time, but he's in the midst of a growth spurt now and sticks 16.2hh. As you can see, he has lots of substance and I think he's got a lot more growing to do. He should make at least 17hh and it just occurred to me that perhaps I should be worried about just how much over that he could go. It's a good thing that he's such a mellow guy!

    He's just wonderful about all the ground stuff and there's not much I haven't subjected him to over the last year+. He's totally unflappable and accepting of anything. Knowing that he's going to be so big, my goal has been to do everything I can to ensure that he's a solid citizen as soon as possible. His breeder gave him an excellent foundation and his temperament makes him very easy to deal with. He really wants a job and being ponied or walked on trails and working in hand just isn't getting it anymore. I think I'll start ground driving him this spring.

    So, what's your '07 baby up to?
    Y'all ain't right!

  • #2
    Go to www.theduetgroup.com and click on "Our Horses" at the top.
    The first one there is our 2 year old! She's humungous! We haven't put a stick to her but she's near 16h for sure!
    Currently she is out being a horse, when Springtime rolls around she will start learning the whole lunging thing and we will probably sit on her a couple of times. And then give her a break til Fall, get on her then, give her another break through the winter and start riding her next Spring!
    She's a lovely filly! And yours is gonna be quite the looker! How cute is he!?


    • #3
      Lovely babies so far!

      Here is my 07 filly...pics were taken in early January.



      Play Pretty "Claire" is by Cabalito (Hanoverian) out of Last Remarque (Holsteiner x TB).

      Claire is great with all the ground stuff and is an old pro with clipping, mane pulling, tieing, cross tieing, loading & bathing. She did have a meltdown last week during the farrier visit, but she is normally good with that too. I would like to pony her, but my older geldings are none to keen on that job! I am also thinking of ground driving her in the spring. Claire currently wears a bridle/bit, surcingle & splint boots when we go for walks around the farm I would love to take her to some shows this year & do the hunter breeding stuff...we'll see.

      She will be 2 on April 24th. I am scared to put a stick on her. Let's just say that if she does not grow another inch, I will be just fine with it!

      Claire bear will hopefully be my ammy hunter in a few years so my 16 year old OTTB can retire. My little sis (who also rides) says she will be her AO jumper. Ack!!
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      • #4
        BS - LOVE your guy! And JenRose - what a pretty, feminine filly - she is really lovely!

        Our 2007 colt - Remember My Name - is just hanging out and being a "boy" and will be going to sex school soon to learn that phantom mares are almost as good as the real thing!

        The intention is to breed him to a few mares this year - the later the better - and then he will ship home to Scotland later on in 2009 where he will go through the approvals in Europe, and embark on a show and stud career on the "other side of the pond" from 2010 onwards

        He is 16hh now, turns 2 officially in June, and he should mature to the 16.3-17hh area - the same as his full sister who is a 5 year old this year and just a smidge under 17hh

        Here are a few pictures of him taken 2 weeks ago:




        I like this colt a lot. I am going to miss him like crazy when he is gone ...

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        • Original Poster

          Lovely beasties!!! What pretty fillies, and TC, your boy is very handsome indeed!
          I just love how they're all 'almost' grown up. You can look at them and see the adults that they'll be, but also that there's a bit more maturing to do.

          We refer to my guy as "Baby Huie" or "Bubble Boy". There are days I wish I could wrap him in bubble wrap because he's had more stitches, dings, bumps, and bruises than any other beastie I've owned (during a similar period of time). He still doesn't have total spacial awareness yet, and I'm sure this new growth spurt won't help - he's just bigger than he realizes

          He's HAN by Freedom Z out of an Evergreen mare and totally my kind of horse. I can't wait to ride his trot and I drool when I watch him canter. Even his big ears and straight profile are part of that look that calls to me
          The best part is that by the time he gets going under saddle, my youngest kid will be off to college, and it'll be ALL ABOUT ME AND MY BEASTIE AGAIN! I've been a good horse show mom for a long time, but I see the light at the end of the tunnel
          Y'all ain't right!


          • #6
            My girl is just hanging out being a baby. She'll be 2 in June & measured at 15.1h in front the other day. She's a smidge over 15.2h behind. I knew she wasn't going to be huge, but string tests to 16.1h. I'm thinking she'll be 16h which is fine. No new pics as she is butt high, fuzzy & gangly right now, but here is a pic taken last October at 16 mos (first one), second one taken at 13 mos. She's is by Chaka Khan (Holst) out of my TB mare Magical Won.
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            • #7
              Sammy will be 2 in April. He is by Escapade and out of my Appendix QH mare.

              We've started a little long lining/ground driving and he's turned out with his mom and they are very fun to watch together.



              He's 15'1 in front and over 15'2 behind. I was hoping for him to hit 15'3/16h and I think we might make it.
              Member of the Redheads with Redheads clique.
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              • #8
                Junior will be 2 in April. His APHA name pending is White Tie Affair. (Long story of why still pending at coming 2....has to do with DNA testing on the dam/will be cleared up this week). No pics since last fall at one and not too many of those with the yearling uglies either!! I think this one was not too awful...
                He is about 15.2 now/should mature to 16.2H. He is 3/4 TB and 1/4 Paint
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                • #9
                  here is my All the Gold two year old. He pretty much just hanging out right now. We will take him to a few hunter breeding classes this year.
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                  • #10
                    Here are my two coming two year old yacklings:

                    Saint Sandro who is currently 15.1- expecting 16 hands:

                    Welliengton who is currently 16.2 - expecting 17.2:


                    • #11
                      We have 2 this year on the place. One stud colt and a filly. Both are shedding like mad. We had a horrible winter here, and now we are finally starting to warm up, around 43 today, so the ponies are shedding like mad! The filly, we plan to show this year, she has grown a good 2 inches since last year, which is wonderful! The colt looks amazing, may have to bring him to a few shows this year LOL!! It is going to be fun to see what they look like this year without all the goat hair! LOL!
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                      • #12
                        Bummer... my computer is on the fritz so I'm having to use the kids' Mac. My pics of course are on my computer. I know there is a way to import them because we have a network, but I can't remember how to do it and my hubby the computer whiz is out of town.

                        I have a 2-yr-old filly by Escapade. She is 15 hands or so (haven't sticked her recently).

                        Desilu, we also have quarter horses and are going to be breeding both WBs and QHs. I love Sammy... he is gorgeous! What are you planning to do with him??


                        • #13
                          Wow! Everyone's babies are stunning!!!

                          I tried to snap a few of my girl this past weekend but had to chase her for anything but a nose shots. She is the absolute biggest lover and lap horse I've ever dealt with. She is good about knowing her boundaries and personal space, but good lord, she just wants to walk with her head on you the whole time!

                          She turns 2 in May and is holding steady at 16.1 but I can tell her butt is getting ready to inch a bit higher, which is a feat since her sire is 16.05 and her mom is 16.1.


                          She was just starting to realize goats are evil creatures that eat any alfalfa dropped!

                          This was her late summer '08 at about 15.2 hands:

                          I had put a small "jump", if you call it that, out for her to play with when she was about a year old. This was her result 90% of the time. I can't wait to get her out and free jump her in a real chute!

                          Cute comparison photos:
                          At 4 months:
                          At 18 months:


                          • #14
                            Some of the 2007's are very attractive while the others...well, they were beautiful foals, so there is hope, right??? So if anyone in PA sees the Neck Fairy, the Topline Fairy or the Hoarder of the Lost Horse Parts....send them my way please!

                            We did a video weekend about 2 weeks ago...so here are the results -

                            Whodini WF is about 14.1 and we expect him to mature somewhere between 15.3-16.1 hands, but sssshhh! don't tell him that he is small! He thinks he is a big horse to go with his gaits! - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BY-Hjv8h1Gw

                            Don William WF is BIG...roughly 16.2 at the withers and 16.3+ behind...it is a good thing he is so darn sweet and gentle! He's going to be pretty tall & modern...not course or clunky. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHWH-_PU6nQ

                            Wyncote WF is about a 1/2 inch shorter than Don William, so the two of them make an interesting driving pair...one with all the flash & chrome while the conservative one shines with his smooth gaits. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_BI6v9xGIs

                            Wall Street WF is perhaps best kept behind the barn for until the Neck Fairy pays him a visit...he's still cute but needs more time before we can say he's finished - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FInFvgl4d1E

                            Wichita Rose WF is also due a visit from the Topline Fairy but she's a hoot! Rosie is a tall filly (at least behind) and looks like she'll top out around 17.2 in the end. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKGK2K9XenM

                            Daylily WF really drives home her mom's strengths and we are so excited to watch her grow up! Stella is not as tall as the giants, but should max out around 16.1-2 in the end. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ICJqx5A7HY

                            There are some of the 2006's mixed in these photos - http://s7.photobucket.com/albums/y27...ary/?start=all
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                            • #15
                              The Neck Fairy was just here down the road visiting Wynona so maybe she will swing by you next! Winnie has grown pretty evenly with the occasional butt high phase. Wynona OTOH went from leggy filly to "my body grew and my legs/neck did not so I look like a box with stumpy legs and no neck". But lo and behold, the leg and the neck fairies visited recently. Yeah!!
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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by ilikridn View Post

                                Desilu, we also have quarter horses and are going to be breeding both WBs and QHs. I love Sammy... he is gorgeous! What are you planning to do with him??
                                Thank you. He's everything I hoped he would be! We're aiming him for the hunter ring...I am anxiously awaiting pictures of your Escapade 2 year old.
                                Member of the Redheads with Redheads clique.
                                I have a blog about Sammy: http://www.sammyssaga.blogspot.com/


                                • #17
                                  eek - my 2.5 year old is in a truly fugly stage - I mean really really fugly

                                  I have a few I took of him when he looked "passable" for a picture

                                  And then, there is the coming two year old, he looks right fine.
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                                  • #18
                                    Here's my guy by Neostan out of my TK hunter mare Bala.

                                    Herostan RSF: http://www.risingstarfarm.net/Hero_trot_2.jpg

                                    He's a good boy and I will probably start lots of ground work with him this summer. He stringtests to about 17h, so I will probably have my hands full :-)


                                    • #19
                                      Mark will be two in April and stands around 15.2hh at the withers (as of around a month ago), so it looks like he won't become a giant Here's a picture from today


                                      • Original Poster

                                        So many of these youngsters look so sleek and, well... 'finished'!
                                        I love everything about my guy, but I didn't realize how much he still looks like a fuzzy yak baby compared to his contemporaries
                                        Y'all have got some mighty fine youngsters
                                        Y'all ain't right!