Well it turns out Stormy is gaited, and go figure he waits until I have absolutely no doubt that he was NOT gaited, and then changes that. Silly colt, now just to try and figure out what he may be, my vet thinks walker, and I think walker, someone said about MFT, and I was thinking maybe gaited Morgan (yes they do exist). His mother is supposed to be QH X PF, but PF don't head bob when gaiting, and she doesn't display gait. He's gaited his little butt off to get his breakfast for the last 3 days, and of course my camera batteries are junk, and my camera doesn't work. Shadow has been doing well, and I plan on riding him this coming spring, though I could have ridden him a good bit this fall/winter since it's been so mild. But I don't like to work my horses in cold weather, not only fear of them getting sick, but myself as well (and that wouldn't benefit either of us). He's quite the grain hog as usual, and I have to stand watch or he'll steal someone else's feed. Loony is doing great, keeping up her weight this year well (she's the hard keeper). She's been gaining muscle tone too with the more active they have become because of the cold weather, hopefully she keeps it for spring so we can start riding lightly again. Chloe is doing fantastic, and earning her place in the herd. I can't wait to start working/riding her more in the spring, if the mild weather keeps up and the wind dies off some, maybe i'll work her a little (only on the ground). She's keeping her weight well, and i'm keeping an eye on her for a "possible" surprise foal (the Amish guy who took care of her insists she's bred), but she's been having regular heat cycles so I personally don't think she's bred. I'll have the vet out to make sure. I'm thinking of breeding Miss Chloe, since she's an old bloodline Mountain Pleasure Horse, and there are so few of them left. I need to find a good old bloodline stallion to pair her with, and maybe get a colorful foal. I would like to try for a buckskin foal, but finding a qualified stallion to put her to, is going to be a challenge. Either way, i'm not breeding her to sell her foal, i'm breeding her to try and preserve the old bloodlines that are left. We'll see how things go.
I managed to fail my drivers test for the 3rd time, go figure, and of course over something stupid. Ugh, so off to test #4 next week. I finally got my wood cook stove too!!! I can't wait to fire it up, and start heating/cooking/baking with it. I need a couple more pieces of pipe and then we're ready to rock!! I think i'm going back in time rather than forwards LOL!! I guess I prefer living that way. Oh well. I think I may have a job at a local barn, they just finished building, and will be opening soon. I'm sure they're going to need help. The woman is a horse trainer, and her husband is involved with the township politics. Both are very nice people. They breed, raise and train Morgan horses. And maybe I can ask for some help with a few of my own horses while i'm there. that's all for now I guess.
Oh, and I may try my hand at writing a book....i have a couple ideas started. But I would really like to write a book about the Mountain Pleasure Horse to raise awareness of the rare breed, and the history of them and their place in gaited horse history. But I don't live in KY, nor do I know any of the good old time, old bloodline breeders that are left. And I can't do the politics there, nothing against the people there. So that idea may never get off the ground, but it's a dream.
That's all for now...