Turns out Honey Boo Boo hasn't ever been bred live cover. I guess I shouldn't be surprised but I was. She will tease and flirt and .....everything but. So, today we took her to the vet to see where she was in her cycle and found she's about ready to ovulate. OOOPS! Ran back home to get Skippy because if she's ready to ovulate and she still won't stand.....she probably ain't gonna.....PERIOD.
So, grabbed Skippy and hauled tail for the vet. The only wrinkle is.....he's never jumped a phantom, never been collected. I thought we'd wait a little bit and see what he puts on the ground before training him to the phantom. I mean, if I didn't like his foals, then I wouldn't advertise him to the public and I wouldn't need to collect and ship, right?
WELL!! La Princessa Boo Boo wants nothing to do with the actual DEED. It's ok to be pregnant and it's ok to be a mom but to BREED???? EWWWWW, GROSSSSS!
So, we got Skippy all prettified and cleaned up and ready to go and took him over to the phantom.
"Yeah.....right......what is that?" Back to the teaser, back to the phantom, back to the teaser....Ok, that's not working so well. Bring the teaser out and stand her next to the phantom....."OK! I GET IT! I lean way over the phantom and sniff, sniff, sniff, nip, nip and then I ......try to jump over the phantom to get to the mare! Oh, no, that didn't work so well. OK, well, I back up to get a running start at the phantom and I rear up really big and I land 3 feet in front of the phantom. HMMMM maybe not." Walk him away from the phantom and the mare and approach again. "OK, I really get it now! I jump the phantom from the side and make it impossible to get the AV on. OK, that wasn't it. Oh oh wait, I jump the phantom from the side, get the AV on but get so close there's a kink in the hose so to speak, so I........well I can't."
By now we're all rolling on the floor laughing, so we take him out to the round pen and let him run circles for a few minutes and blow off some steam and nerves.
Next try, we walk the tease mare in, stand her beside the phantom, he walks up to the rear of the phantom, mounts and.............YAY!!!! Skippy does the job like a big boy! WHEW!
Honey Boo Boo was quite happy to be bred via AI and now the deed is done and the count down is on......preg check on May 3!