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post #161 of 195 Old 05-04-2013, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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From today, someone please settle this. Red dun or no? Her dorsal is very clear, and even shows up in most pictures now. I'm thinking it is here to stay, any other opinions? Whatever color she is still very adorable!
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post #162 of 195 Old 05-04-2013, 10:29 PM
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Soda is a red dun...they look similar...minus the curls...LOL he is just 2 weeks today...but im sure that dorsal stripe is here to stay!! its a nice colour...I was disappointed he wasn't painted at first...but Im over it!!! your girl is beautiful!! and growing up so fast!!!! I followed your thread from start to finish!!!
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post #163 of 195 Old 05-05-2013, 01:05 PM
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Well... I can't chime in about her color, but I feel the need to comment on the fact that Takala officially has the best expressions that I've ever seen on a horse, lol

-edit- and anniegirl, that is one handsome foal!
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post #164 of 195 Old 05-05-2013, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry folks, no pictures at the moment. I was looking at Takala closely today, and she does have a stripe perpendicular to her dorsal on both sides of her shoulders. Her hair is just so long that I haven't been able to tell. Who knows what else we'll find when she sheds! I might try to get pictures of her later in the day, but we will have to see how things go.

A side note, Takala will be leaving this week to go to another farm to be weaned. I understand some may think fourth months is too early, but at this point it is in her best interest that she be somewhere safe, and that she can be handled every day. I know everyone wishes that we could keep the foals out on pasture with their mothers until they weaned naturally, and if it were possible I would keep Takala on her mother and the rest of our herd, but we are in a crunch to make pasture that is sturdy and safe. Please no hateful words, as Takala will certainly be taken care of, and is already independent and has been away from her mom.

The facility she will be taken to is not but a few miles down the road, and has many stalls and outdoor runs. She will be fed grain 2x daily, and turned out with an easy-going baby sitter Appaloosa gelding and will also share a fence line with a few other horses. She should be there for about two months, and by the end we should have our pasture (which will be around 10 acres more than what they have now,) should be constructed. The people there are good friends and experienced breeders. And I of course will visit as often as I can and snap pictures frequently.

With the pastures we have now, I do a lot of moving the horses around, and with Takala being more independent now, she isn't as apt to follow her mother, which makes leading a bit of a chore when mom is around. When I have her away from her mother she leads like a puppy dog, but when mom is around she is a stinker. When she comes back, like I said, she will be running with our herd in a much larger area. The herd consists of 2 geldings, and 4 mares, and only one of which - the leader, an Appy gelding - is particularly overbearing. Tenakee might be removed from the herd prior to Takala coming back so we don't accidentally un-wean ourselves. Tenakee will likely be put out with Scarlet, who before that will be back from the trainer.
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post #165 of 195 Old 05-05-2013, 08:57 PM
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I weaned my filly at four months and never had a problem. She was eating hay and drinking water more than nursing, and bugging the snot out of mama.

Best of luck with weaning little Takala!

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post #166 of 195 Old 05-05-2013, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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Here are the pictures, as promised. I think I'm going to dig around for my half-filled out papers and hopefully print out the shots I need to get her registered. Hoping I can get her dual or triple registered in ABCR, NACHR/ICHO, and CSI. But I'll just start out with NACHR/ICHO and see where we go from there.
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post #167 of 195 Old 05-06-2013, 06:26 AM
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It's so cute how her dorsal stripe goes all the way down her tail!!!

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post #168 of 195 Old 05-07-2013, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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Tomorrow is the big day! Today we worked with the trailer, and while I didn't get her on it, she did pretty well getting near it. After that we worked on some sending exercises and attempted to get her to stand on a wooden box we have. She tried hard, and jumped clear over it once, but at that point she'd had quite enough, so I got her to lead around good and put her back. No pictures of that as I didn't want to be distracted, but I have a few of her afterwards. I am going to load her and Tenakee up tomorrow, which - hopefully - will go without much difficulty. I'm thinking maybe I can back the trailer up to the arena so I'm not in a tangle of lines, but we'll see. I have all morning to figure it out, any ideas would be great. I'd like this to go with as little trauma as possible.
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post #169 of 195 Old 05-07-2013, 11:08 PM
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I can't get over how huge she is! Hope everything goes well for you all and hope you keep up with the photos! :)

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Well, it is officially D-U-N! Well.. more like d-o-n-e, at least the first part of this whole process. Loading took maybe a half hour, which I prepared for a three hour ordeal, but it went pretty well. We took both Tenakee and Takala up to the farm, then put both of them in the stall Takala will be in. After a half hour we took Tenakee home, and of course there was a bit of talking back and fourth for a while. Tenakee went back in her pasture and galloped around until we put the rest of the herd in with her. They all ran around a bit, but settled in quickly once there was hay around. It was evident Tenakee was still in, "where is my baby?" mode, but was very content taking over as lead mare of the herd.

Meanwhile with Takala, I came back and she was quiet as a mouse. I'd half expected days of screaming non-stop, and this to be such horrible trauma for her, but I had a little faith that she is fairly independent. I came back in the barn (which all of the horses were outside at the moment,) and she called to me when she saw me. She met me at the door, and was very lovey and let me give hugs. I asked if she put up much of a fuss, and they said she was the best foal they'd ever had come weaning time. Of course when all the horses came in, it got interesting. Three new horses were there, one that came today, and two that were from a few days ago. Those ones whinnied quite a bit, so of course Takala was polite and answered.

But in the big picture, it all went super well. Takala is settled in, and I anticipate her fitting in well. (Being in a barn almost exclusively filled with POAs and Appys, she will look the part, too.) Plus I have an indoor arena to my disposal, as well as a wash stall and many other hot commodities. She gets to touch noses with a pinto mare while in her stall, and she'll be turned out with an Appy gelding. Tomorrow I am going to let her stretch her legs in the arena for a while, and hopefully get pictures then. Little Takala is such a love bug, and I'm sooo proud of her!
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