Well I've caved. I have said time and time again that I wouldn't start a thread until at least the New Year, but I can't stand it anymore. I've been posting so much in "Who's expecting a 2014 foal" that I might as well start my own thread already. Be warned, I'm about to write a novella.
I would like to introduce Lilly. Lilly is my 12 year old maiden mare. She is an Arab/Paint cross, registered as a Pinto. She is wonderfully versatile and has a wonderful personality and mind. I have thought about breeding her for a very, very long time and have put away money, looked at a lot of different stallions and have done so much research, my head, it spins. I had Lilly tested for HERDA, GBED, PSSM1, MH and HYPP (I know I didn't have to test for this since she doesn't go back to Impressive, but it was cheaper to do all 5) and she came back clear for all of them. I also had her tested for OLWS and that was N/N as well.
Now for the stallion. I bred Lilly to Painted Coos. He has done well in the CPtHA circuit and has his ROM. I really liked his height, build and conformation and when I met him, his personality was to die for - I have never met such a calm, well-mannered stud in my life and I think his characteristics will complement Lilly's well. He also is N/N for HYPP and OLWS.
Lilly was covered on April 29 and May 1 of this year. The breeder contacted me when she didn't come back into heat, and she was confirmed in foal, with only 1 foal, via ultrasound. The vet also thought, that based on the size of the embryo, that Lilly caught on the April 29 breeding and gave me a "due date" (aka when she's at 340 days) of April 5, 2014.
To say I am excited is the understatement of the century. I'm also nervous and worried and wish I was best friends with an equine vet, so he/she could tell me Lilly was fine every other week or so.
While I know colour is only secondary, I am hoping for some colour on this baby. The sire is heterozygous for Tobiano and Ee. Lilly, continuing on her streak of N/N is negative for tobiano, sabino, splash and frame, despite being 50% Paint. Her agouti status is Aa and she is also Ee. I have created a poll to see what you all think. I've had two dreams, one where she had a bay tobiano colt and one where she had a solid chestnut filly, so I'm going to guess chestnut tobiano colt. I guess we'll see how my powers of premonition pan out.
All right, enough talk. Here is Lilly.
This is her last March about 3 weeks before going to see the stallion.
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Took a few pictures of her this July. The mosquitoes were so bad, I made her and her pasturemate a smudge which is the haze you see here.
Side profile - she's still maintained some of the Arab "dishiness".
This was a photo taken in September. I thought she would look really nice against the blue sky and ripe wheat. No baby bump yet.
This was taken November 16, 2013. This is when I really started to notice some changes.
This is the same day as above, just a behind profile. She really seems to be predominantly lopsided to the right.
This was on December 11. Holy mareitude batman!
This is also on December 11 and I couldn't believe how lopsided she looks.
And here is the Baby daddy.