Let's see, I haven't updated in a long while.
I got her home and she had her full body clip. For about a month she spent time by herself in a stall, and with pasture turnout for the day. I started working with "lunging", aka walking and sending, as well as trotting in hand.
Then, we went to our first show. Takala did very well, getting a first in her class and with no meltdown on the show grounds. Now loads in the trailer like a pro, and her and my gelding were buddied up for a while. I changed the arrangement for our fence, so they stay out on their paddocks 24/7 and have shelter + share a fence line with the other horses.
Earlier in the week I added Gypsy to their little herd, and they all got along well. Gypsy always showed a special interest in Takala, because she knew that she was a baby and just wanted to get near her. With two "parents" Takala certainly learned how to get along in a herd.
Then a few days ago I let them all down in pasture, including Moe, Gypsy, and Takala. Everyone got along well, it was rather uneventful. Last night everyone was even eating off the same hay bale! Such a proud moment for me, but no camera to witness it. Our grass hasn't been growing the best, so I am hoping for rain to spring that up a bit. Our pastures are just awful, so they've been getting their fair share of hay. And Takala has been getting her fair share of hay belly. I feel bad, as she sort of looks rough. I had her off grain when we were feeding really good hay, but now with what we are feeding I am going to go back to giving 6lbs a day. That is what I was feeding her before the show, and she still was ribby, so I'm not sure what I'm going to accomplish, but it is better to be feeding her more than less at this point.
She has definitely grown substantially since she was born, but I'm not sure how tall she is going to get. I was hoping for around 15 hands. Her dam is 15.1, and sire is a bit smaller. After I've been trail riding a bit though, I have come to realize that it might not be the worst thing have a little shorter horse.
Even getting a harness on our Haflinger crosses is a pain, and they weren't gifted with any sort of height.
I also know that know she has her normal summer coat now, and the winter hair has shed away, so she looks pretty decent in that department. But I hogged her mane for the show, and that is needing to come back some. I'm thinking by spring it will be as long as it was. It has only been a few weeks and I've already noticed it growing!
And without further ado, here is our 7 month old, Takala Rose.