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  • My new foal stole my heart!

    I've been breeding for a while now and I can say that I've never had a foal that acts so much like a dog! He is only 5 days old and has never been skiddish. He's sensitive and cautious at first ... but doesn't run away, and once he feels a touch or little scratching, he's like puddy in my hands. He loves the side of his head rubbed, ears, behind his ears, mane, neck, chest ... actually he likes to be rubbed/scratched everywhere. It usually takes a few weeks before my foals reach this stage.

    I do all of the work myself in and around the barn and it becomes exhausting, especially as I age, but my new foal makes it all worth it. I can't wait to see him every morning. He puts a big smile on my face and a spring in my step. In the evenings when I'm usually exhausted from working all day, I'm excited to see how he has grown and matured that day and I love that he lets me pet and scratch him. He is such a joy!

    Please tell me about your foals and how they have touched your life.

  • #2
    Awwww, I love that!!!

    My "special foal" is now a three year old. From the minute she was born she looked at me and loved me. It's quite mutual. I've bred many, many ponies -- but never one that I've liked this much -- EVER. I'm now riding her, and she is just so EASY and willing and tries so hard to do what I want. Three years later I'm still completely in love with her.

    Here's my girl, though these pictures don't really do her justice. Sadly I don't think she's particularly photogenic: http://www.welshponies.com/martina.htm
    Family Partners Welsh Ponies - Home of Section B Welsh stallion *Wedderlie Mardi Gras LOM/AOE http://www.welshponies.com
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    • #3
      I can relate!

      I had wanted to breed my special mare for years but never did it until I actually owned my own stallion! Believe me, not the cheapest or easiest route. But I had fallen in love with him and was already in love with my mare, so I couldn't wait to see what I would get. Not only did the mare wait until I got there to have the baby, but she was nickering at me and looking right at me while her water broke with her eyes as big as saucers. That made the whole experience even more special. Everything was perfect and textbook. My first foal ever. Out came this beautiful, perfect colt, who was already making circles around his mom before he ever even got up on his feet. He was TOTALLY curious and friendly from the very start. He was never afraid of anybody or anything and anybody could just go in and love all over him from the first second of his life. He is 2 years old in about 2 weeks and he is even more affectionate now. Plus he has tons of personality and is really smart. He would rather be in the living room watching t.v. with people than out with other horses. Like you said, a puppy dog.

      I love how you mentioned that this foal brings you joy and lightens your step just to be around him. My guy is the same way. He stole my heart from the very beginning and I cannot wait until he is old enough to ride! His pic is on the website below under Foxdale Foals. His name is Hansel (a.k.a. "Hans").

      www.foxdalefarm.us

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      • #4
        Originally posted by rideagoldenpony View Post

        Here's my girl, though these pictures don't really do her justice. Sadly I don't think she's particularly photogenic: http://www.welshponies.com/martina.htm
        rideagoldenpony, she is absolutely gorgeous! And you are in Oregon? What a small world!

        www.foxdalefarm.us

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        • #5
          Originally posted by rideagoldenpony View Post
          Awwww, I love that!!!

          My "special foal" is now a three year old. From the minute she was born she looked at me and loved me. It's quite mutual. I've bred many, many ponies -- but never one that I've liked this much -- EVER. I'm now riding her, and she is just so EASY and willing and tries so hard to do what I want. Three years later I'm still completely in love with her.

          Here's my girl, though these pictures don't really do her justice. Sadly I don't think she's particularly photogenic: http://www.welshponies.com/martina.htm
          Oh, for crying out loud! What part of her is NOT photogenic! She is adorable!
          Kanoe Godby
          www.dyrkgodby.com
          See, I was raised by wolves and am really behind the 8-ball on diplomatic issue resolution.

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          • #6
            Awww, thanks you guys. I look at her every day, so I think she's much cuter in person! She's just the sweetest girl. When she was a baby and her and her dam were coming in every night, they would meet me at the gate (her mom is the BEST) and she would just "ask" to have a halter on too. I never "officially" had to halter break her, she would just stick her little head in the halter and tag along with mom.

            I think it is the really special ones that makes all the hard work of farm life worth it. I look forward to seeing her every day, just the way graystonefarm mentioned -- it really makes the days brighter.

            Foxdale -- we used to have lots of Welsh shows in McMinnville -- I love it there!
            Family Partners Welsh Ponies - Home of Section B Welsh stallion *Wedderlie Mardi Gras LOM/AOE http://www.welshponies.com
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            • #7
              Time for a "Filly Fix!"

              My 8 week old filly brings miles of smiles to my face....especially appreciated after a long day at work. I take a close friend of mine to go see her for a "filly fix". Guaranteed to melt away frustrations and stress!! When I'm grooming my gelding, Maggie will stand at the gate and nicker to try and get my attention...already jealous and trying to manipulate me. She's totally succeeding.

              http://pets.webshots.com/photo/28892...01367350HEVela

              I had to have an "R" name, otherwise she would have been either Felony or Larceny...because she has definitely stolen my heart!
              A poorly fitted saddle hampers both horse and rider.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by graystonefarm View Post
                I've been breeding for a while now and I can say that I've never had a foal that acts so much like a dog! He is only 5 days old and has never been skiddish. He's sensitive and cautious at first ... but doesn't run away, and once he feels a touch or little scratching, he's like puddy in my hands. He loves the side of his head rubbed, ears, behind his ears, mane, neck, chest ... actually he likes to be rubbed/scratched everywhere. It usually takes a few weeks before my foals reach this stage.
                Sherry, congrats! I don't get the opportunity these days to be around many foals, but most of the ones that I remember as being "puppy dog" friendly and sweet from day one are from the Rubinstein line (including a few by - like your foal - Rubino Bellissimo). The Rosenthal foals I have been around have also been like that - just incredibly people-oriented and gentle and easy to handle and be around. OTOH, we have an Escudo II filly at the barn now that is just like the Rubino Bellisimo and Rosenthal foals I remember - adorably sweet and friendly, will let you touch her everywhere and will stand forever as long as you are petting her (if you stop, she will gently bump your hand with her nose like a dog! ).

                And we want pics of your colt!

                And Gretchen - your mare is gorgeous!

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                • #9
                  Three years ago I had that very special filly, and she remains that to this day......

                  Here she is at about a week old "talking" to my niece but still looking at me.

                  http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/e...lz/myfilly.jpg
                  Siegi Belz
                  www.stalleuropa.com
                  2007 KWPN-NA Breeder of the Year
                  Dutch Warmbloods Made in the U. S. A.

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                  • #10
                    Oh Graystone, I know so much what your feelings are! My special foal will be one year old next month.

                    I was all alone when he was born and he opened his eyes still in the amniotic membrane and he looked at me right in my eyes. That was it, I was hooked!

                    I never could imagine a more friendly, joyfull, happy colt than this one. He was so playful I could write a book on him. He would follow me everywhere, I mean everywhere. I have video of me running over cavalettis and him jumping again and again just to be with me.

                    When I was giving him grain in a bucket he would eat, roll over, eat, roll over just for the fun of it. I am sure he knew that he was making me laught because he would do it as long as I was laughing. When I was leaving him he had a hard time deciding who he should be with, running from his dam to me. Then when I was outside the paddock he would call me until I could not resist and came back to him. I know, it is foolish and I told myself that I had to stop this but it was hard and it took a while.

                    It is so obvious that he is my preference... I have his pictures everywhere; in my office, my website front page, my computer when on idle, hundred and hundreds of pictures in my computer.

                    He became my therapeutic assistant when my other foals came back from the vet hospital with an horrible attitude. He was a monster, (the hospital had put a sign on his stall: beware, dangerous foal!) This foal kicked my husband bad enough that he had to go the hospital the first day he arrived... this colt was a mess.

                    But he could not stay long with that attitude. Everyday he witnessed how gentle, joyful and friendly my little guy was. After a while he started to follow him when he was coming to greet me at the gate. He stopped to put his ears in the back whenever I came near him and slowly but surely he became a real gentleman. I give 90% of the credit to my little baby. NOBODY, but I mean NOBODY could resist him... oups... I just hear him calling, (he is still quite vocal )

                    I have to go feed them... because I could continue to brag about him for hours!!!
                    Suzanne
                    bloomingtonfarm.com
                    Breeder of Royal Dutch Sport Horse

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                    • #11
                      It's the little things that touch me. The baby nicker when he sees me open the stall door, when he is willing to leave his mama in the pasture to come over and see what I'm doing, the feel of his muzzle when he touches my cheek . . .

                      Here's my little boy at 36 hours old.
                      http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/6617/dscn3979h.jpg

                      They certainly find their way into your heart, don't they?
                      '10 Dolce Latte G - Thoroughbred Mare

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                      • #12
                        Awwe they do steal your heart. I always feel amazing gratitude to the mares too who are such good mothers. I think this feeling is why we make the effort to breed, a genuine passion and love for it. Congratulatoins on your special foals!

                        Synergy Sporthorses
                        Home to Cotopaxi and Raffaello
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by graystonefarm View Post
                          I've been breeding for a while now and I can say that I've never had a foal that acts so much like a dog!
                          I can't wait to see him every morning. He puts a big smile on my face and a spring in my step. In the evenings when I'm usually exhausted from working all day, I'm excited to see how he has grown and matured that day and I love that he lets me pet and scratch him. He is such a joy!
                          So .... he's going to be a keeper for you now !

                          That's what happened for me with my breed one to sell - one to keep plan! we're still laughing, smiling and enjoying every day of his antics and his center-of-attention 'look at me' personality. Sometimes these special ones come along that make us thoroughly happy and get us thru the chores and drudgery of each day. Please do add some pix!

                          Here's my boy playing kissy face when he was little, he falls in love with anyone who pays attention to him. He's so big and bouncy and handsome at 3 now, athletic and full of beans too.
                          http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/j...CF14981111.jpg
                          http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/j.../DSCF15001.jpg
                          Don't let anyone tell you that your ideas or dreams are foolish. There is a millionaire walking around who invented the pool noodle.

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                            #14
                            Thank you for sharing your stories and pictures of your foals! Every one touched my heart.

                            Rideagoldenpony, your mare is lovely!

                            Siegi, your filly is exquisite!

                            Please keep the stories and photos coming! They brighten my day!

                            I only have a few *newborn* photos of my Rubino Bellissimo colt but tomorrow is supposed to be sunny and warm and try and get more.

                            Here is one of him just born:
                            http://www.graystonefarm.com/romeobellissimo2.JPG
                            Last edited by graystonefarm; Apr. 18, 2009, 02:59 PM.

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                            • #15
                              That is so cool! Maybach is a fabulous mom.

                              Vega was mine. Now she is having her first foal and I am a nervous wreck.

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                              • #16
                                If he wasn't going to turn gray I'd be tempted to name him High Moon Over the Bay!
                                Last edited by pony grandma; Apr. 18, 2009, 10:03 AM. Reason: added 'high'
                                Don't let anyone tell you that your ideas or dreams are foolish. There is a millionaire walking around who invented the pool noodle.

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                                  #17
                                  We didn't really have a photo session today (so pardon the mud!), but while we were repairing the fence, our progress was interrupted by Romeo.
                                  http://www.graystonefarm.com/romeobellissimo7days7.JPG
                                  http://www.graystonefarm.com/romeobellissimo7days6.JPG
                                  http://www.graystonefarm.com/romeobellissimo7days2.JPG
                                  http://www.graystonefarm.com/romeobellissimo7days.JPG

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                                  • #18
                                    What a lovely baby Sherry!
                                    Daisy's second son, Fallon, is my "keeper". He is by the Trak. stallion Feuertanzer and I bred him as a "just for the heck of it, if I like him I'll keep him" kind of thing. Well, I love him. So so smart. When he faces something he's not sure of you can actually see him thinking and analyzing and then say, "OK, I can do this". He'll be two next Friday and I can't wait to start him. Just a really good kid. Not really affectionate - which suits me well - he's interested and caring but not in your face. My style of horse.

                                    Daisy is due at the end of May with a Soprano foal. So you will definitely be seeing me at the Oldenburg inspections this year since Tag (my first) just sold.

                                    Quite a girl you sold me Sherry! She and her kids have brought so much joy to me and my family

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                                      #19
                                      Originally posted by fargonefarm View Post
                                      What a lovely baby Sherry!
                                      Daisy's second son, Fallon, is my "keeper". He is by the Trak. stallion Feuertanzer and I bred him as a "just for the heck of it, if I like him I'll keep him" kind of thing. Well, I love him. So so smart. When he faces something he's not sure of you can actually see him thinking and analyzing and then say, "OK, I can do this". He'll be two next Friday and I can't wait to start him. Just a really good kid. Not really affectionate - which suits me well - he's interested and caring but not in your face. My style of horse.

                                      Daisy is due at the end of May with a Soprano foal. So you will definitely be seeing me at the Oldenburg inspections this year since Tag (my first) just sold.

                                      Quite a girl you sold me Sherry! She and her kids have brought so much joy to me and my family
                                      That makes me so happy! I can't wait to see you and Daisy again this summer! Will you please let me know when she foals with details?

                                      Thanks!

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                                      • #20
                                        I have one and I'm just starting to ride her. She is my baby girl and she knows it! Keeva was born 3 years ago and when she was, I knew she was the one for me. Her full sibling was amazing, should have kept that one too, but there is just something about Keeva that I loved and I know why now. She had her 4th ride today and she is just amazing. Never a cold back, acts like she has been broke already. Totally amazing! I'm so excited to show her this year, it's going to be fun. Her dam was the same way. Amazing Mare to ride and I'm so glad that she passes it on to her foals. We have another on the way very soon!
                                        Here are some pictures of her:
                                        http://wishbroke.com/jpgs/keeva_july_084.jpg
                                        http://wishbroke.com/jpgs/keeva_july_08.jpg

                                        P.S. Gretchen I love that mare! She is so, so, so pretty!!!
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