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    07-16-2011, 05:50 AM
washing the baby

She had a REALLY mucky bum. Rang the vet, made an appointment, all is well. Washed off her mucky bum so it didn't burn and the vet was out yesterday to drench her for sand (not REALLY necessary, as she came from clay-based soils, but it's not a lot to pay for peace of mind) and do her teeth. Our vet is a qualified equine dentist.

So we have photos of one mucky baby getting a bath! Excuse the quality, taken with my phone.

Edit; forgot to say, that's my Mum in the photos. I can't afford to get wet and cold at the moment with the nasty cough I have.
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    07-16-2011, 03:53 PM
Lol, she seems like a lovely baby! How old is she?
    07-17-2011, 04:46 AM
7 months now :) thanks heaps, I think she's stunning but I'm pretty biased.
    07-17-2011, 03:18 PM
I think she's very stunning too... what breed is she? She seems so well behaved for a 7month old, lol. Most that I've seen were born out in a huge acreage and tend not to be too friendly with humans at first.
    07-18-2011, 08:40 AM
She was bred by a small-time breeder and handled from birth so she's really well handled and was born very people-oriented. I can't take any credit, I've only had her for a bit over a week (I bought her a month and a half ago but finally made the last payment and had her delivered last week).

She's a mix. Supposed to have some andalusian and clyde in her, and her mamma's part arab - Satin's got those real araby curved ears. No one really knows what her sire's breeding is. Nothing wrong with it though, all new breeds are created through crossing and there are some really spectacular newer breeds out there (australian riding ponies are relatively new and technically not a 'breed' as such, more a 'type', but they are worth $$$ because they're in fashion).

Both her parents were chosen for temperament, or so her breeder says, but I think I have a real prospect for eventing, dressage and showjumping. You should see her move! (will have to take Monty out, that'll stir her up - I have a video setting on my phone camera so I can take one)
    07-18-2011, 04:07 PM
Aww, I love mixes. 2 of my 3 horses that I have owned were mixes. I currently own a purebred, but I didn't choose her for her bloodlines... I don't really care about the bloodline unless there's some hereditary disease. I care about what the horse itself can do =) I wonder how big your horse will be if she's got Clydesdale (big) and smaller Arab and Andalusian blood... either way you're going to have a nice horse! We had one foal born in the winter (canada) and the poor thing had to stay inside all winter, but it got SO used to people it would follow you around everywhere, lol. It's really good when they get used to people at a young age, it saves so much time later! Hopefully she'll turn out to like what you want her to (eventing, etc.). You never know what a horse will end up as. My horse was "trained" western and now i'm training her to do hunters. The nice thing about mixes is that they tend to be good at lots of things. Best of luck with her!

Oh, yeah...if you ever get a video please post it =)
    07-20-2011, 05:23 AM
Got to be some QH or Welsh or something that has cream in there too. Arabs don't have cream, her sire is the cream one anyway. Never seen it in Clydes and it's very rare in Andalusians (does it even happen? I know it happens in Lusitanos). Both her parents are little but with suspected Clyde blood, the size she is now, and the length of her cannons, I think she'll throw back to the larger ancestry and be a decent sized horse.

She's a very cheeky, pushy little thing. I like bold and cheeky, though, it means character and confidence in herself, which is vital for eventing. She's already filling out to be a solid girly, she has a massive chest for a foal her age.

The bad thing about mixes is that they have pot-luck genetics at the best of times, with throw-backs to the bigger or smaller ancestry. Hard to breed size up or down when you don't know if the resulting foal will throw back to the small or large genetics farther back.

I will try to get a video tomorrow if the weather is acceptable. I hate winter sometimes hahaha and my poor baby doesn't like it much either, she was really uncomfortable this morning when it was wet and windy. I feel bad now for letting her just be a paddock fluff, but I can't afford to replace rugs every couple of weeks because she's growing so fast.
    07-20-2011, 05:33 AM
Aww, she's a cutie! I love foals, my favorite age. We've raised hundreds over the years and it never gets old. My little guy is 10 weeks and such a good boy. Taking him to his first show with his dam in a few weeks :)

Look forward to seeing your video and hearing about her progress in the future.
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    07-20-2011, 05:45 AM
Thanks MHF :) Satin's been to a show, did really well (not with me). Won her class then got champion unregistered. I want to register her with someone, if only a colour registry, but she's not eligible for Dilutes because of her partly blue eye and I don't know if she has enough expression of her pinto genes to be eligible for that either. I'll have to look into it some more.

Oh well now I really have to get that video! Can't use the weather as an excuse. Might get Mum to operate the phone-camera and I'll trot Monty - Satin will follow, Monty is her adoptive mamma. If I ever breed my own foal while I still have Monty, he is totally going to be weanling nanny.
    07-20-2011, 05:58 AM
Shes just beautiful :)

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