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post #231 of 254 Old 04-26-2013, 01:05 AM
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How about any up dates??
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post #232 of 254 Old 04-26-2013, 02:25 AM
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He's so handsome, cograts!!

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post #233 of 254 Old 05-02-2013, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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Hi All

Sorry for the delay in updates - we have been revelling in the awesomness that is Teddy (he finally has a name) .
It's surprising how much time your horses can take out of your day (especially when you have a deckchair next to the stable haha).
For 3 weeks, Teddy wouldn't leave the safety of his stable - Fox would and did, but Teddy found the big wide world too scary a prospect to step outside! Finally, when I had gone a way for a few days with our younger boys (left hubby and eldest son in charge), a friend who had called to see our boy managed to get (i.e. carry) Teddy outside where he stood with splayed legs wondering what the heck he was stood on! Once he realised that there was waaaaaay more space outside to run about, he's at the stable door first each morning raring to go!
Fox is now totally uninterested on what we do to Teddy - he can still be a big baby and squeal for mummy, but she knows we're not going to hurt him and carries on munching.
Once the hormones had calmed down and Fox was happy to let us near her precious baby, we started on the headcollar and leadrope training. We've had endless hours of fun with a (big) squirmy baby who can have some fantastic tantrums, kicking etc but it seems to have finally clicked that it's happening every night whether he likes it or not and last night it was on and both mum and baby were being led round the field in a matter of a minute - our best time ever haha.
A visit from the farrier has happened and although Ted kept his distance at first, the farrier was happy that we left him and after a while he was curious enough to some and check him out and nibble on his belt! Daily leg rubbing and lifting is underway - so the next time it'll be Teddy's turn with the farrier (who by the way said he's the most perfect put together foal he's seen - I'
Teddy's teething at the moment and seems to find relief in biting everything he can - he particularly likes any item of clothing and will clamp on and just let you pull him around whilst he follows you.
He really is our superstar - Fox is her usual "Where's my dinner?" mare that she's always been, but she seems the calmest that she's been - motherhood suits her
Anyway, now for the best bit - the piccys:
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post #234 of 254 Old 05-02-2013, 05:07 PM
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Wow! He's gotten so big!! Still as gorgeous as ever, though.
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post #235 of 254 Old 05-02-2013, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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Wow! He's gotten so big!! Still as gorgeous as ever, though.
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He is big - he's amazed us with his rapid growth - that's my sons girlfriend with him and she's only 5'1" but his bum is so high at the moment and the difference in 7 weeks since he was born is astounding! He's still very much into mums milk although he will graze and eat when the feed first goes down (still feeding them together at the moment) but he gets bored quickly and soon comes to see what we're up to.

He just has the most perfect face - who am I kidding - he IS perfect
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post #236 of 254 Old 05-02-2013, 06:58 PM
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YAY! An update! He is gorgeous for sure! Funny how time flies once they're on the ground, lol.
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post #237 of 254 Old 05-02-2013, 07:29 PM
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Aww, thanks for the update. Teddy is the perfect name for him cuz I just want to snuggle up with him. What a cutie!
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post #238 of 254 Old 05-02-2013, 09:56 PM
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He is such a handsome guy!!! Im happy for the update and glad to hear all is well with Foxy and Teddy!!!
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post #239 of 254 Old 07-17-2013, 02:53 PM
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Updates??? :)

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post #240 of 254 Old 09-14-2013, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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Where does time go????

Teddy is now 6 months old as of the 10th September (really can't believe it) and growing each day. I went on holiday in August and had just bought him a new velcro headcollar - I tried it on him a few weeks ago, and it didn't fit - seriously, how fast do they grow?

He's had his first farrier visit (due another in a few weeks) - to which he hopped about a bit on 3 legs and I honestly thought he could have behaved a little better, but the farrier was really pleased with him and said he was the best foal he'd done for a long time - so well done Teddy!

That aside, I'm having a bit of a dilemma at the moment.....
Admittedly, my horse handling experience is limited - it amounts to Foxy (who at 15 is easy - and handling Teddy (after being showed what to do by my sons gf who has youngsters) since him being a foal. But now he's getting bigger and is ready for gelding, i'm having to consider my options with him and just if i'm going to be able to handle him in the future.
I've had many a sleepless night (and shed lots of tears ) at the thought of selling him, but to be honest all i'd really do with him would keep him with Fox and break him to ride in a few years and I'm constantly told that he'd be a fantastic eventing horse and he should be given the chance to reach his potential.
I do need the experience of someone else with me to guide me through him growing up - handling etc (there's only my sons gf who has that - none of my good friends are horsey) and as she's just started uni and is looking to buy her own horse (her mum and sis ride their other 2) I don't want to put too much pressure on her as she's got her own life to enjoy. We do have a buyer who is a good friend of my son, has horses to event and lives on a farm and fell in love with Teddy from day 1) and is desperate to buy him, but how do you cope with selling something you're head over heels in love with?

Anyway, enough of that - i'm going to keep him on Fox as long as I can so I can push it to the back on my mind for another few months at least - so here's the good part - the pics! Fox has dropped a little weight in the last week or so (there pics are from last weekend and today) as the temperature has dropped and I'm still leaving the stable door open for them to wander in and out - and they're still preferring out at the moment.........
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