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smrobs 08-26-2013 11:24 PM

Growing up baby......Robertson LOL *very pic heavy*
Since it was not-so-subtly hinted the other day, I figured I might make a "growing up" thread of my little babies that some of you have known since they were very young.

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.
*5.5 months*

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.

smrobs 08-26-2013 11:24 PM

Then his first rides at a little over 2 years old

Then, turned out to grow into a ruby colored Adonis as a 3 year old

Then, this spring as a coming 4 year old, I brought him back in to go to work in earnest (which turned out to still be very sporadic LOL)

But, he did really trim down and start looking rather elegant while I had him in the barn and off the full access feed

Thankfully, he's got his mother's temperament and has been very patient with my scrambling mounts from day 1

Since it became painfully apparent he would not survive a working life without shoes, he got his very first set and stood like a pro

Because he is so big, sometimes it's just too much trouble to throw my heavy saddle up there. Good thing he took to bareback like a fish to water.

Unfortunately, he won't fit in the trailer with a saddle on, so whenever I take him to work cattle, I have to tack him up when I get there and unsaddle when it's time to leave

Even took trains going by in the dark on a strange road like a star. No spooking at all

Even though he's still a little shy of 30 honest days riding, he's my baby boy and I wouldn't trade him for anything.

Muppetgirl 08-26-2013 11:28 PM

This might be a bit 'forward'......but can I have him?:lol:

Chevaux 08-26-2013 11:32 PM

Good pictorial, smrobs. You've kind of got a Jessica Biel thing going on in your last photo!!:-P

HorseLovinLady 08-26-2013 11:34 PM


smrobs 08-26-2013 11:59 PM

Now, for the second of my youngsters. Taz was a "woops" baby that came into being just before John got gelded. Thankfully, the neighbors, whose paint mare John had jumped the fence to cover, weren't angry about it. They were actually rather excited at the prospect of a foal by John.

Taz was born sometime in the late spring of 2010, I guesstimate somewhere around the first of June and I was seriously concerned about his legs as a baby.

Even at 2 months old, his front legs hadn't straightened up hardly at all.

Thankfully, his front legs began to straighten out after that and turned out very nice
*4 months old*

Shortly after that, the owner husband passed away. The wife was very non-horsey so she was trying to get rid of the ones she had. I felt some responsibility for the foal since it was our fault he even existed and agreed to bring him home with me. So, he came to my house as a honestly ugly 4.5 month old weanling

Even as he grew, I became more and more concerned about his appearance and possible future usefulness as a ridden or driven horse (forgive the big belly, he needed wormed and had a grass belly on top of that)
*6 months old*

His hind legs, especially, scared me as his hocks would rub together when he walked.

As a yearling, his appearance certainly wasn't improved LOL. I honestly don't know how that big old honkin head didn't just tip him over on his nose

Then, of course, he started having growth spurts which would leave his butt a foot or two taller than his shoulders
*14 months old*

smrobs 08-27-2013 12:00 AM

Then, at 18 months, after bringing him home from the vet where he was gelded and had his umbilical hernia fixed, I began to have some inklings of hope for him.

When I caught him up a couple of weeks later to remove the stitches from his hernia surgery, I decided to give my saddle a shot. He didn't take it quite so well as Rafe, but there was only some fidgeting, no real misbehavior.

So, I turned him out into the big pasture to finish that winter with room to play and grow
*21 months*

Then, it seems like one day I just walked out my door and suddenly there was an ebony Adonis standing beside the ruby one.
*25 months old*

Even his hideous back legs seemed to straighten out overnight.

Then, when he was just shy of 3 years old, it became very apparent that his Daddy's genes were making an appearance
*33 months*

Giving my saddle another try in hopes of getting him started riding. Turned out that, in spite of being over 15 hands, he was still too narrow for my saddle, but I can see the future cowpony hiding in there.

Dad had the idea of breaking him to ride when his horse came up lame...only to realize that Taz appears to have the same bone-jarring trot that John does so it appears that breaking him will be my responsibility when I have the time.
*right at 3 years old*

Now, it is very comforting to know that he's not a little ugly duckling anymore. He's blossomed into a very impressive black swan.
*latest pictures taken in the last few days*

Muppetgirl 08-27-2013 12:05 AM

Oh gee......don't want to sound needy.....but could I take him too?:lol: Seriously, either of these guys!!! Let me know when you're selling!!

DraftyAiresMum 08-27-2013 12:09 AM

Muppetgirl, you'll have to fight me (and Aires) for Rafe. He's Aires' brotha-from-anotha-motha. ;-)
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my2geldings 08-27-2013 12:25 AM

Those are fun photos! love them. What happened to that youngster I was interested in buying from you last year?

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