First is Rafe. Dad took in his momma, Bessie, for free from a friend to keep him from sending her to auction. Owner mentioned "Well, she might be bred" LOL, that was the understatement of the century.
A month and a half later, Rafe made his first appearance and instantly stole my heart.
As he grew up, he taught me a lot...and tested my patience a lot LOL, but I still loved him.
Looking like a mule baby at 9 days old
He got a little too friendly LOL
He grew up very quickly
*2.5 months old*
Almost fit into a full sized horse halter at 5 months
Also noticed that he was starting to get really tall.
Fit an average size bridle with 5" bit at 6 months old....
7 months old and only slightly smaller than full-grown Dobe (who is 14.3 and averages 1100 pounds)
Then came his gangly yearling phase (if this can be called gangly LOL)
Almost bigger than Dobe at 16 months (excuse the crappy picture quality)
20 months old and his first time wearing a saddle
Then, holy cow, at 2 years old, he suddenly slicked off and became a horse.