Indy's Journal- My Morgan Colt
I have always wanted to raise a foal that is 100% mine, and my dream is finally coming true through Indy! His registered name is Oregon Splish Splash and he is 6/8 Lippet Morgan and 98% Foundation bred. He was born on June 28, 2012, and I got him when he was 6 days old. I named him Indy because it stands for indago (I think that is how you spell it) and he has blue eyes which is very rare in Morgans. I bought him with money that I worked very hard for, and he was not cheap.
Indy is a very sweet boy, most of the time! He has his moments, like sometimes he trys to nip me, but I stopped that quickly. The pictures are of him as a newborn, one of him a few weeks ago, and two that I took yesterday. As you can see, he is not very respectful of his mom. He likes to nip, kick, and mount her. But all I care is that he is respectful to me! Which he is for the most part.
What is really funny, is that he LOVES people. The more, the better! We had lots of friends over and they came out to see him. Three were petting him and about ten were off to the side talking. He looked at the three, and then at the big group, and suddenly came to the decision that more people means more attention. He ran over to the middle of the big group and was nuzzling them, so of course they couldn't resist his charm!
I just love him to death! :-)
Here are a few more pictures I like-
Super, super, super cute. He looks like a real corker!
Indy got his very first farrier visit yesterday. My Grandpa, who is also my farrier, came out to pick up his horses that were at my house and he noticed that Indy could use a trim. So I went and got my dad's farrier tools and Indy's halter. We haltered Indy and Grandpa picked up one of his front hooves. He picked it out with a hoof pick and then got his nippers and started to cut of the long part of the hoof. Well, Indy thought that that was pretty scary and he tried to jerk his hoof away and was tossing his head. We got him calmed down and finished the hoof. He was acually more scared of the nippers than the rasp!
We finished the other hooves and he almost fell down once because he still doesn't have his balance down very good yet. I guess I know what I need to work on :-)! He also doesn't like having his back hooves held up for very long, so I'll work on that also. After we were done, I gave him some oats and then let him go.
Indy and his mother, Darling, were in the lower half of a big pasture and Grandpa's two horses were in the upper half. After Grandpa had taken his horses away, we took down the temporary fence that split the pasture. Darling was the first to discover that their pasture was suddenly twice as big! She ran out there to investigate and Indy quickly followed. It was the one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. Indy was very excited and was galloping as fast as he could and Darling was not far behind. Darling's thick, dark tail was flying and Indy's little curly flag was sticking straight up! I will be sad when Darling goes back to her owner. She is the sweetest mare ever and her personality is starting to rub off on Indy.
I love Morgans! I think he's going to be a real looker!
Indy is starting to get hard to catch. The smart little guy figured out that every time he gets caught, he gets worked. I will try catching him, feeding him, and letting him go with out being worked. That should probably help.
Indy is such a sweety, he always comes up to me when I go out into the pasture.
He is learning so fast! Now he stands very patiently when he is tied, much better that most adult horses I know! He also will let he touch him all over including on the inside of his back legs and in his ears. I can also wrap a lead rope tightly around his belly like a girth.
I will post more pictures soon.
This is only letting me post one picture at a time for some reason, so I guess I'll do it that way!
This is a picture of Indy sleeping, my grandpa petting him, and one of our dogs laying on him! It is taken from my phone so it isn't very good.
Indy aka Mr. Cutsie
Indy's mother, Marvelous Ima Darling.
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