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post #81 of 195 Old 03-02-2013, 04:15 PM
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Oh, MY! How she's grown and filled out! I'm completely in love with her! You have some really fantastic photos of Takala and Tenakee...and I LOVE the pics of you with her, especially getting the kisses.
I totally got my foal fix for the day! :)
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post #82 of 195 Old 03-03-2013, 01:15 AM
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Absolutely love her! She is quite the little looker. Momma looks good too. Glad everyone is well!! Keep up with the photos.

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post #83 of 195 Old 03-03-2013, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
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Today was another sunny day, so more play time. Judging by the first picture, I think Tenakee has baby from God in there. But strangely enough I don't think she has a hay belly, rather just a bit of I-held-a-foal-in-here-for-twelve-months belly, which is quite understandable. My other mares look far more pregnant than Tenakee, but the only thing they're carrying is lots o' hay.

First our adventure started with a quick ride, same as the end of yesterday's adventure. Tenakee was a lot more willing today, and gave me some hope and I was quite proud of her. Yesterday I rode for maybe five minutes, but today was a whopping ten, mainly because I didn't have to spend my entire time squeeeeeeezing to get her going. (I don't kick to go, instead I do steady pressure and release once they step off. It took a bit, but today she really got it. It helps that even as an old lady, she is pretty sharp.) Takala was more calm today then yesterday, which was the first time she's seen me ride. Yesterday she wheeled around and kept her distance, today she had such interest in my boots, the reins, and demanded mom stop a few times for a drink. After dismounting, I got a shot of Tenakee 'all tacked up'. It may not seem like an impressive feat, but take into consideration I only have a long distance lens and an in-your-pocket type mare. Just call it a late Christmas miracle. I think even the short lessons Tenakee got throughout her pregnancy helped tremendously. She even understands the 'come pick me up' game, which certainly helped today while attempting to mount with a camera in one hand. (I had to destroy the snowman I made for Takala and use it as an addition to my mounting block. Desperate times call for desperate measures. )

In addition to all of this fun, I decided to give Takala a friend. It may be an inanimate red ball that is about as large as she is, but I'm sure it will help her pass the time in any case. Even then it didn't distract her from the fence very long. I went to the big city for about an hour, and up returning I found Takala outside of her designated area. The only thing that surprised me about it was Tenakee was as cool as a cucumber. I figured big mama'd break right through the fence, but Lila was more worried about getting back in. But our hoof picking up sessions did good, as she was already almost back in, I just lifted her back feet up and over one by one, and she squeezed back in the fence. I think she learned her lesson today, but we will have some supervised time in the area connected to Tenakee's pen to learn what a fence really does. Don't need any escaping, especially while I am gone. Luckily that went off without a hitch, but I knew it was going to happen with how little respect she has for fencing.
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post #84 of 195 Old 03-03-2013, 06:53 PM
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AWWWWWWWWW...thant's all I can say, just AWWWWWWWWWW


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post #85 of 195 Old 03-06-2013, 02:25 AM
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Man I got to get one of those balls! My girls are so neglected lol they are both stunning btw!

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post #86 of 195 Old 03-06-2013, 04:45 AM
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Wow, she's really grown!

I was so glad to stumble across this thread - I saw my first Curlies in the flesh a couple years ago and loved them. There were a lot finer boned than your though, and personally I think your mare is twice as gorgeous! Your filly is adorable, can't wait to see her all grown up!
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post #87 of 195 Old 03-06-2013, 07:49 AM Thread Starter
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Takala is officially a month old! I only have one picture, though. She has started to lead pretty good, and ties without trouble. I've had problems with adult horses who don't tie well, so I was surprised that foals are so easily convinced of their boundaries. (Except when it comes to fences with little Ms. Takala.) Tenakee has been reduced in how much grain she gets, and Takala is starting to be fed apart from mom. Tenakee being an already big mare, I don't want her to get too huge. This mare raised her last colt to a year, and came in the condition I got her and pregnant. All things considered, she probably doesn't need grain at all, but it is more of a matter of getting all of her nutrients. Takala only takes a few nibbles, but has already gotten better at eating by herself. Neither of them mind being away from each other, and Tenakee is just worried about getting at Lila's food.
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post #88 of 195 Old 03-08-2013, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
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Since I'm waiting for ice to thaw and let me open the door from the stall to the run, they have to settle for a half hour romp in the indoor arena, supervised, of course. Nothing much else eventful happened, just usual chores while being stared at by two horses instead of just one. Also, I could definitely use some pointers on curbing Takala's case of the nibbles. I've had split reviews on different techniques on getting foals not to nip, but I want to find one that works without making her head shy.
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About the nibbles, give her a little flick on the nose or push her away. No need to give her a whoomp at this stag. Just redirect.
And omg I love these photos!!! <3

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The pic of Takala rearing is so cute!! She sure is a spit fire, isn't she?
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